On September 20, 2017 Puerto Rico was hit hard by Hurricane Maria - an extremely powerful Category 4 or 5 storm hitting with 150 mph winds, flooding rains, and up to 15 feet of storm surge for coastal cities like Miami and Tampa. But the story we are telling is in the heart of San Juan and it belongs to a very good friend of ours.
David Cummings, friend and owner of Thunder Muay Thai MMA, owns and operates his school in San Juan and has been part of the East Coast Muay Thai community for a long time. He has consistently provided competitive athletes for the Muay Thai community here, nationwide and abroad, all while steadily training his students and growing his school. Well reknown Muay Thai promotion Friday Night Fights NYC, in conjunction with sanctioning body WKA, almost always has a Team Thunder athlete present on the fight card.
To keep it simple, David's school is destroyed. 3-4 feet of water has submerged his entire school. His training mats, training pads, equipment, everything has been ruined. He has spent a good 8+ years building his brand in San Juan and it has been wiped out overnight.
He is one of the lucky few that has spotty cell phone coverage and he managed to contact me and Beatrice via phone and text. He promised us, and all the people he has been able to contact, that he and his family are ok, despite losing their home and business. They are living on rationed meals and water on a day to day basis. He is trying to send us pictures to show everyone the devastation, but connectivity is touch and go at best. Latest news is that he and his family have been trying to get a flight out of San Juan and hopefully they will be able to fly out next week.
If you are a local school owner and have been on a Friday Night Fights event card, chances are that you may have had one of your athletes matched up against one of David's. And you probably spoke to him a few times leading up to the event date. There are those of you that also know him from his am/pro Muay Thai days. You all know that he is a good guy. We were lucky enough to get to know David and his family and they showed us alot of hospitality when we were in Puerto Rico for a kickboxing promotion that he organized awhile back.
Please, if you are able, please donate something to help him and his family out. Anything small is always appreciated. We are setting this campaign up so the funds go directly to him and no 3rd party. All funds raised are going directly to David to help rebuild his martial arts school gym business and help his family pull thru their unfortunate circumstances.
On behalf of David Cummings, his immediate family, and the Thunder Muay Thai family, Thank You Everyone!
Rob Rogan/Beatrice Fiedorowicz
Square Circle New York NYC
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