Showing Respect: MUST Know Pre-Fight Rituals In Thailand

Why You Should Know Pre-Fight Rituals And Traditions of Muay Thai

In my opinion, being respectful should be one of your top priorities as a fighter and as a person. There are plenty of douche bags who fight for the wrong reasons and act arrogantly whether it’s in the gym or in the ring. 

Don’t be that douche bag.

You know the type of person I’m talking about, right?

The one who takes sparring way too seriously in the gym and makes excuses, or states that he wasn’t trying when he gets tagged. He also loves to brag about his accomplishments (usually which are over-exaggerated or non-existent) and talk about himself whenever the opportunity presents itself.

This same douche will enter the ring with zero background knowledge of the traditions of Muay Thai and show zero respect to his trainers, his opponent, and the sport as a whole. He will neglect all of the Muay Thai pre-fight rituals, showboat during a fight, and show little class...

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Nutrition For Muay Thai: How To Eat Like A Champion

Everything You Need To Know About Nutrition For Muay Thai

“Most know how to eat well, but don’t do it. Noncompliance is our biggest obstacle.

Having good nutrition is more than just “eating clean.” It means executing the right plan to make you feel good, look great and perform at or above expectations. Our visions of “eating clean” conjure images of boring meals, being miserable, and the endless work that comes with cooking your own three squares a day.

Following basic nutrition principles looks easy enough on paper. Most of us know we can and need to eat better, but we eat in a way that would make the Cookie Monster proud and our grandmothers shudder. Don’t despair. You’re not alone. Practicing good nutrition on the regular is simple in theory, but can be difficult in execution. Most of us know how to eat well, but we don’t do it. Noncompliance is our biggest obstacle.

If you’re anything like...

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Muay Thai Kicks: Everything You Need To Know

Muay Thai Roundhouses, Teeps & Switch Kicks... Oh My!

clinch knee

It’s true that Muay Thai is often uniquely referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because of its combined use of additional contact points. However, this does not mean all limbs will be emphasized right out of the gate. Everyone has to crawl before they walk. But even as a budding beginner with only the bare essentials, the persistent use of them will ultimately identify you as a Muay Thai practitioner.

Today, we aim to focus on understanding the basic kicks that are heavily used in Muay Thai at all stages and provide additional methods to develop them.

Keep in mind that there are no super-secret techniques to be learned here — only slight variations to the basics that were emphasized from inception and practiced nonstop every day.

Above: Sean “Muay Thai Guy” Fagan throwing a head kick with bad intentions.

21 KILLER KICKING DRILLS

If you seek BONE-CRUSHING kicking...

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Boxing For Muay Thai: How To Punch With Purpose

Everything You Need To Know About Boxing For Muay Thai

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...

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Overtraining and Muay Thai

Why “Training Like A Thai” Isn’t For Everyone

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...

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The 10 Best Beginner Muay Thai Sparring Tips

HOW TO SPAR: A CHECKLIST FOR BEGINNERS

By Sean Fagan

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):

My Top 10 Beginners Muay Thai Sparring Tips

#1. Make Sure Your Kru/Instructor Approves

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...

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Dynamic Warm Up Routines For Muay Thai Training

My Muay Thai Warmup Routine

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.

You should consider...

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10 KEY Muay Thai Defense Techniques Every Fighter Must Know

Learn How To Properly Defend Kicks, Punches, Knees and Elbows

Having a solid defense is super important as a Muay Thai fighter, but, you already knew that...

Right?

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....

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5 Tips For Your First Muay Thai Fight

How To Be Prepared For Your First Thai Boxing Fight

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!

Best 5 Tips For Your First Muay Thai Fight

#1. Understand Your Opponent Is Human Too

Very rarely during my first few fights did I ever consider how my opponent was feeling leading up to...

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Comparing Kickboxing vs. Muay Thai

They Seem Same-Same But Are Very Different

By Angela Chang

With both kickboxing (K1 rules) and Muay Thai growing simultaneously around the world, fans of one sport are often fans of the other.

With many Muay Thai fighters successfully making the transition over to kickboxing (such as Sitthichai, Petchpanomrung, Tiffany van Soest, and many more), it’s easy to think they are the same.

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

muay thai checked blocked kick

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...

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