The Muay Thai clinch.
It can be your best friend or your worst enemy… and I’m guessing you want to be friends with your clinch game right?
When it comes to learning the intricacies of the clinch game it can get a bit overwhelming. There are basically an infinite number of clinch knees, elbows, sweeps, defensive moves and off-balance techniques that you have to be aware of to be proficient when battling on the inside.
So, in order to help you add more variety to your and embrace the clinch game I want to share you some of the best Muay Thai clinch techniques that you should consider adding to your skill set.
First I want to show you a couple effective clinch knee techniques that you can utilize to land a flush knee either to your opponents body or head. The first video below is by UK Muay Thai champ, Damien Trainor of K-Star Legacy Gym who demonstrates a useful off-balancing technique followed by a knee. The second...
Is it crazy for me to say that yoga has been a major part of my success in Muay Thai and in life?
It might be, especially when most people have preconceptions about practicing yoga that are (mostly) not true.
Sure, there are some weird chants, poses, and techniques that you’ll find yourself doing during an intense yoga class, but if you’re able to laugh at yourself and take yoga for what it is, it can be incredibly beneficial to your Muay Thai training and life in general.
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and give yoga a try. Although it might not be for everyone, I’m confident that you will take something useful from the practice if you stick with it.
One of the most obvious benefits you’ll notice when you start to implement yoga and Muay Thai together is the improvement in your flexibility and your overall range...
You need to learn how to throw a push kick before you step into the ring to spar or fight!
This basic Muay Thai kick technique also called ‘teep’ or front kick is important for keeping your opponent at bay, upsetting his/her tempo and even using it to hurt your opponent!
Needless to say the teep technique seems like there isn’t much to it and that it wouldn’t really hurt that much getting hit by it. Take it from a guy who has been hit with a lot of front kicks to the body… that shit hurts!
There are many reasons why you should learning how to throw a push kick. Regardless whether you use it for offense, defense or set up purposes, it’s important to know the minor details in order to get the most out of your Muay Yhai front kick technique.
Muay Thai gifts are always on the top of my wish list whether it’s my birthday, Christmas and even Valentines Day ;)
There is no present you can get an avid Muay Thai fan or fighter that will be better than any of the Muay Thai present ideas on the list below!
As a professional fighter and an avid fan of the sport, I always want the newest, coolest Muay Thai training equipment, Muay Thai shorts, tickets to fights, instructional DVD's and pretty much anything related to the art of eight limbs...
... and I bet the person you’re shopping for feels the same way!
Check out the list of the top 10 best gifts to buy a Muay Thai fan or fighter for their birthday, Christmas or other special holidays and occasions!
Help support the Muay Thai addict in your life by paying for their gym membership!
If the person you are...
If you’ve ever seen Buakaw throw a Muay Thai switch kick then you already know how powerful, fast and effective this type of Muay Thai kick is.
It’s one of the go to weapons for many Thai fighters and the switch kick should definitely be a part of your arsenal of attacks if you want to succeed in Muay Thai.
A Muay Thai switch kick is a basic Muay Thai technique but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to learn and perfect. Just like any basic or advanced kicking technique you have to learn how to throw your hips, shoulders and entire body into the strike to deal maximum damage. Check out these basic tips to help you get the full effect of the switch kick:
Now I don’t have the typical Muay Thai Stance, but it does have a lot of similarities to the traditional fighting stance that the Thai boxers use. Regardless whether or not you choose to do your Muay Thai training in the same type of fighting stance that I do, it’s important to take in consideration these factors:
If you’re like most nak muay, you have limited time to work on strength and conditioning for your muay thai. Fortunately, doing a kettlebell workout can yield amazing benefits for muay thai fighters in a relatively short amount of time. Not only that, but training with kettlebells will also dramatically improve your explosive power, muscular endurance, balance, coordination, overall strength and cardio.
Movements patterns done with kettlebell training can be very similar to the movements used in muay thai. Whether you’re punching, kicking, knees or clinching, all of those movements use the same biomechanics that you will use in the Kettlebell For Fighters Program.
Obviously as a fighter, you’re going to want to generate explosive strikes to dominate your next fight. The ballistic movements of kettlebells will help you develop that explosive strength and will give you more full-body power than most...
If you’re like me, you are probably constantly searching for the best Muay Thai training videos to implement into your training routines. The problem isn’t finding Muay Thai technique videos, the problem is finding GOOD Muay Thai technique videos.
That can be difficult since there are SO many Muay Thai videos out there, and most of them are repeats of the same material. Different instructor, same material. It was so unbelievably FRUSTRATING that even the beautiful and vast internet couldn’t provide me with what I wanted.
However, there were a few gems in the marketplace and, at the time, I wanted to buy all these Muay Thai instructional DVD’s, but I was a broke joke, so I wasn’t able to afford the upfront cost. Time passed and I kind...
For many souls, the gym is our home away from home. But what if our home was our gym…wouldn’t that be nice?
This post is going to go over training in any environment, with minimal equipment, no partners and only your body.
The hope is that this post will challenge you to embrace positive constraints. That may sound like an oxymoron, but one ought to run with the understanding that there are times where it’s better to find the right box to think in than trying to think outside the box.
A proper set of constraints forces you into a position where thinking laterally is the only option.
This post encourages you to ask questions such as:
“How would I be training if I had no sparring partners available to me?”
“How would I train punching power without a heavybag or mitt work?”,
“How could I emulate the conditions of a fight with no tools?”
Time to get...
It wasn’t until “The Fight That Changed History” where the Muay Thai low kick was seen as an incredibly effective and damaging weapon.
When there were no low kicks allowed, kick boxers could bounce around and not worry about having their legs chopped down. Now that 100% of Muay Thai fighters and kick boxers utilize the low kick, it’s important to know how to throw the Muay Thai low kick properly to maximize damage and limit the chances of having it blocked or counters.
A few key tips about the basics on how to throw a muay thai low kick.