Have you seen those videos of Mike Tyson jumping rope like a maniac or Floyd Mayweather skipping rope like an absolute ninja and swinging them around like nunchucks?
Most people think Floyd’s just being fancy and flashy with his jump roping like he is with his pad work, but what people don’t realize is that his skipping is part of what makes him such a great mover in the ring!
But how does this apply to Muay Thai? You’d be surprised.
If you’ve ever stepped foot into a Muay Thai gym in Thailand, you KNOW how big on skipping rope they are. It’s done so damn often. And there’s a good reason why it’s so important to them!
Skipping rope in Muay Thai is even MORE important than in boxing, because skipping rope, like road work, helps to condition your shins! It builds your calves and legs and gives you the strong base you need in order to deliver kicks and take kicks. If you want tough shins that can check kicks and break arms, you’ll absolutely need to skip rope.
If you can move your feet quickly while you’re skipping rope, you can move your feet quickly in the ring. For someone like Mayweather, they only have to move their feet horizontally. Us Nak Muays have to worry about checking kicks, so if you can skip rope like a beast, your checks will come up QUICK!
But what is there to jumping rope than…jumping? It might seem simple, but doesn’t footwork SEEM simple, too? Jump rope is meant to condition your calves to help your footwork and harden your shins to help with your kicks, but there’s so much more to it. And I’m about to show you that “more!”
I’m a HUGE believer in having a strong boxing foundation as a Muay Thai fighter. With my initial start being in a boxing gym, I was able to utilize my fast, heavy hands in order to finish a number of my opponents with devastating boxing combos.
That being said, in order to land my hands, I needed to set them up with my other 6 limbs (kicks, knees and elbows) which I have been getting better at throughout my career.
On the other side of the coin, my friend and training partner Paul “The Reaper” Banasiak from Muay Thai Athlete (and Golden Gloves finalist) uses his hand combinations to set up his powerful knees to the body or kicks to the head.
Regardless of how you use your hands, it’s important to know how to use them specifically for boxing…
… and that’s why Paul and I have created a comprehensive course on this aspect of the fight game called:
We are still finishing up some filming and editing for this INSANELY detailed and informative course that covers basically everything you need to know to develop powerful, lightning fast hands and a solid understanding of the tactics and strategies we’ve used throughout our combined 50+ fights.
This complete video course covers things like:
Are you looking to improve your boxing skills and add more explosive power to your hands? Then this Boxing For Muay Thai video course was made for you!
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