Sam Lugiano was chosen as the “B Nice B Cause” liberty bell winner for 2018. Sam trains in traditional Thai boxing/kickboxing, called Muay Thai, at Royal Striking in South Philadelphia. Sam has offered financial help for the fighter’s medical exams, he attends almost every Royal Striking bout, and he helps RS students and teachers with some of the best chiropractic care at Lugiano businesses around the city of Philly.
Most recently he had his first bout in Muay Thai. What an amazing goal to achieve! Here’s a Q & A with Sam Lugiano.
- Sam Lugiano: 55
- Degree: Master of Science
- Training in Muay Thai: 8 years
Q: Have you ever changed careers? A: Yes, I changed careers to pursue a job that I was interested in and to have fun while doing it. In order to accelerate my learning in this new career, I used job hopping as a way to quickly learn and move up the ladder.
Q: At what age did you start training in Muay Thai? A: 47
Q: Why did you start training in Muay Thai? A: To improve my conditioning, stay young, and to learn something completely new that was challenging.
Q: What do you remember most about your first Muay Thai bout? A: A completely unexpected sense of calm right before the bell rang. And my coach, Aaron Meisner, completely supported me and prepared me for my first fight. And outside the ring I could hear my opponent’s family and friends screaming.
Q: Do you think your career and Muay Thai intermingle in any way? A: Yes because I had to learn something completely new and in order to progress, I switched gyms and trainers until I found the right gym to accomplish this.
Q: Did your mindset change when you started to fight train? A: Yes, I had more confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
CONGRATS, Sam! We all appreciate your charming personality, your ability to work hard, and your meticulous cleanliness. I hope you enjoy the liberty bell trophy.