One of the common misconceptions when it comes to flexibility is that to make flexibility gains, you need to lengthen muscle tissue and do a ton of static stretching.
While this makes sense, I’ve recently learned from my buddy Eric that static stretching is just 1 factor of 9.
That’s right – there are actually NINE factors that affect your flexibility, so if you don’t address the ones that are actually keeping you tight, you won’t make any gains. That’s why many people stretch and stretch and stretch but NEVER make any real gains in their flexibility.
You would think I’d be super flexible by now since I’ve been doing a variety of stretching routines at the end of my Muay Thai training sessions and I’ve been doing yoga for a little over 3 years now… wrong!
Yes, I have definitely improved my flexibility, but not at the pace I was hoping for.
Sorry to break it to you, but at some point in your Muay Thai career, you are going to get hurt.
This could be a common Muay Thai injury like a blister or black eye, or it could be more serious like a sprained ankle or broken bone. In any case, being mentally prepared for roadblocks and learning how to persist past these obstacles is key to any nak muay’s career and overall sanity.
Before I go into some of the most common Muay Thai injuries, I want you to understand that when you are injured and can’t train, it is not the end of the world! I have had minor injuries and serious injuries that have kept me away from the gym, but there are always other ways to improve yourself and stay productive that do not always have to relate directly to training.
To understand more what I mean, check out my post The Benefits Of Being...
Needless to say, the Muay Thai roundhouse kick is what makes Muay Thai one of the most deadliest martial arts in the world.
However if you throw a Muay Thai kick with sloppy technique you be less efficient (which makes you more tired) and you will leave openings in your defense.
Even though the roundhouse kick is one of the most basic Muay Thai techniques you’ll first learn when you step into a gym, it takes a lifetime to perfect. I’ve been training Thai boxing over 10 years now and still know that there is plenty of room to improve my kick technique to add more power and speed to it.
Basic Kick Technique Tips
Fighting someone taller than you can be very frustrating, especially when you’re not sure what to do to negate the reach advantage your opponent has on you.
Getting jabbed in the nose or front kicked in the sternum is no fun, especially when you’re not able to return fire since you’re out of range.
Fortunately, throughout the history of Muay Thai and other combat sports, there has been a ton of fights where we can learn a lot of strategies, tactics and techniques to overcome a height disadvantage.
There are a few key fight strategies to consider whenever dealing with a taller opponent.
Stay inside or outside your opponents range… not in the middle!
As the shorter fighter, you’re going to want to avoid the middle ground at all costs...
Abs workouts and core conditioning for a fighter means much more than just developing a six-pack. You must focus on training your abs to help you improve movement patterns, strength, and overall performance.
Obviously, your core is extremely important as a Muay Thai fighter. If you have a strong and stable core it will lead to more powerful kicks and punches, better footwork, more efficient clinching, and the ability to absorb more punishment.
You must understand that improving your abs and core region is much more than crunches. In fact, I’m not a big advocate of crunching but I do understand Muay Thai and combat fighters are different and some crunching exercises can be performed.
Today I am going to share two Core and Abs Finisher workout circuits that I use with my fighters at the end of our conditioning for fighters session. These are short, but intense Muay...
The heavy bag is undoubtedly an important piece of training equipment.
Heavy bag drills not only build up endurance and strength, but hone technique and help one develop and perfect combinations.
There are many useful exercises, but here is a selection of five to experiment with during the next training session.
Focus on accuracy and control.
When you kick, time each one with the backswing of the bag so that you fall into a rhythm. View the bag as an opponent: don’t let it gain the advantage and follow-up each kick with another before the bag can swing back.
Keep your kicks sharp and quick during each rep. Try to land each one in the same spot so that the bag swings back and forth rather than all over the place.
Alternate your stance after each rep. Take your time between reps if you need...
Tutorials for southpaws are in high demand and low supply. This one goes out to you crazy lefties out there. . .
What’s up, guys! It’s Sean Fagan here with a tutorial video that I put together special for my left-wing brothers, my southpaw soldiers-in-arms.
I made this video after a lot of time spent reading comments on social media that complain about the lack of video procedurals breaking down and instructing how to throw combos from southpaw stance. Sure enough, a cursory Google search is showing me a lot of stuff on how to beat southpaws, not fight as one! Hell, a few of them are from us!
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. How many southpaw fighters do you know of? Let’s rattle off a few of the greats: Samart Payakaroon, Manny Pacquiao, Saenchai, Anderson Silva, Orono Wor Petchpun… What makes them great? In part, it was the...