It’s normal to see someone in combat sports with big, explosive punches and consider them a good boxer. This is not always the case. Boxing is not the punches themselves, but everything that happens in between the punches.
Keep in mind that while all of these techniques will work in the Muay Thai ring or the MMA cage, you must find a time and place to use them, as the rule set you fight under can bring certain counters to these techniques that you might not expect.
Read on or click the link below to discover how best to apply the Sweet Science to the Art of Eight Limbs.
Samart was a Thai fighter with slick counters and surprising power who really understood the science of boxing. His most famous win came over fearsome Mexican boxer Lupe Pintor, who was not only a tough challenge and the defending champion, but also came to the fight overweight. Samart defeated Pintor via knockout in the fifth...
I get it, you’re in Thailand and you want to train as hard and as often as possible. You want to make the most of your time in the mecca of Muay thai and “train like a Thai” by putting in two intense training sessions a day, six times a week. There’s only one problem…
You’re not a Thai.
Now I’m not saying that you won’t be able to handle the daily grind of training that the Thai’s go through, I’m just asking the question, do you think it’s worth it?
Yes, you’ll be putting in the hours when it comes to hitting pads, punching the bag, clinching and skipping rope, but how many of those hours will you actually be focused on what you’re doing? Will you be benefiting from the amount of hours you are putting in, or will it end up being more detrimental to your technique and overall health?
These are serious questions to consider, even if you...
These are the best beginner Muay Thai sparring tips that will help you avoid getting your nose broken and spirits demoralized the first time you decide to step into the ring.
Since I’m the guy who had his nose broken and spirits demoralized his first sparring session, I want to help you avoid that at all costs because it SUCKS!
Check out this 10 step beginner checklist on how to spar during your first session(s):
Don’t be that asshole who steps into a first sparring session without permission. Chances are you haven’t sparred yet because your instructor feels like you are not ready. And guess what? If your instructor thinks you are not ready, you are NOT ready.
Not only is this for your safety but it’s for your training partners safety too. There has been way too many times I’ve sparred people on their...
Before each and every training session I do almost the same exact pre-workout routine. It involves foam rolling, skipping rope, dynamic movements, and some light static stretches.
I find that performing this dynamic warm-up routine before banging the heavy bag or doing any other type of Muay Thai training helps me get prepared in more ways than one.
Probably the most obvious benefit of having this pre-workout warmup is that it gets my body prepared for a hard training session. My muscles loosen up, the blood starts flowing through my veins, and the important areas of my body are ready to put in some work.
Besides being physically prepared to train, having my pre-workout routine gets me mentally focused and in the zone. This short 15-minute session gives me the right amount of time I need in order to get my mind zoned in on what I want to accomplish during my Muay Thai training session.
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Having a solid defense is super important as a Muay Thai fighter, but, you already knew that...
Learning defensive techniques for Muay Thai like how to check a kick, parry punches or counter your opponent's kicks, are essential skills to have in order to be a dominate force in the ring.
If you are unable to defend yourself chances are you'll end up with more bumps, bruises and injuries than the intelligent, technical fighters who focus more on being elusive and having unbreakable defense.
To be honest, if I were to start my Muay Thai journey over again, DEFENSE would be the main thing I would focus on. When the first half of my career, my defense was mostly just blocking punches with my face... and it’s not as fun as it sounds.
The defensive Muay Thai technique videos below demonstrate some of the basic moves and techniques that are CRUCIAL to any fighters repertoire....
You’re nervous as hell.
You feel like throwing up.
You start doubting why you decided to step into the ring against someone who is trying to kill you.
You can’t get your mind off the fight.
I get it. I’ve been there. We all have! Every Muay Thai fighter goes through relatively the same process when they first step into the ring.
Doubt. Fear. Anxiety. Excitement. Adrenaline.
It’s all a part of the process. Learning how to control these emotions is key to winning your first Muay Thai fight. The first step is knowing what to expect and how to deal with the inevitable emotions and situations that are going to pop up. Follow these tips for your first fight to be as prepared as possible once you step into that ring!
Very rarely during my first few fights did I ever consider how my opponent was feeling leading up to...
Weightlifting can improve your Muay Thai skills, not detract from them. Here are some truths you ought to believe about lifting & Muay Thai. . .
Traditionally speaking, people that train Muay Thai (some fighters in particular) shy away from weight lifting. A very common mindset and training approach is that a few sets of calisthenics is sufficient for strength development.
In the modern age, however, some pushups and pull-ups are not going to cut it. Proper strength training done in a smart and focused way will only serve to improve overall fitness and your fight game. If you want to get serious about lifting for your Muay Thai game, then you need to accept the following six points as true.
Believe it or not, weight lifting will not make you bulky and slow if you do it properly. However, a high calorie diet and lifting like a bodybuilder can make you add...
If you’ve been in a Muay Thai gym long enough, you’ll hear a variety of these sounds throughout your training sessions.
When I first trained Muay Thai in Thailand, one of the most noticeable differences between the common farang and the experienced Thai fighter was the fact that every single fighter who hit the heavy bag or banged the pads would make some kind of weird ass sound every time they threw a strike.
You’ve noticed this too, right?
Even if you train at a western gym, there’s always that one guy who hits the bag and makes awkward high-pitched screams every time he throws a kick… now why would anyone ever do that?
At first, I thought that grunting during training was super annoying and weird. I guess it’s similar to the way...
With both kickboxing (K1 rules) and Muay Thai growing simultaneously around the world, fans of one sport are often fans of the other.
While there are many similarities between the two, there are a few things that set Muay Thai apart from kickboxing.
1. Kicks to Punches Ratio
When you watch a professional Muay Thai fight, punches are usually only used to set up kicks and knees. Less commonly, some Muay Thai fighters will have the Muay Maat style and attempt to knock out their opponents with punches instead fighting to win on points.
However, you will see much much more punches being thrown in a kickboxing fight, often in long combinations or with the “haymaker” style of...
“You can’t wait around for someone else to show up: that’s where you have to make the work happen yourself.
There will come a time when you show up to the gym and realize that you’re all alone. Or perhaps you’re unable to make it to the gym, but you still need to get in some practice time. Whatever the reason, you find yourself without a partner to train with.
My dear Muay Thai friend – it seems the time has come when you must take your training into your own hands!
So what do you do? If you’re like many people, you’ll mess around for a few minutes, maybe tossing some half-assed strikes at the bag. Then you leave. I don’t know about you, but I find that to be a disappointing waste of time.
I’m sure you’ve heard the cliche fitness advice designed to motivate people who struggle to workout. It typically goes something like this: