By David Dack
If you're a Muay Thai fighter looking for ways to improve your stamina and endurance, look no further than running.
Here's the truth. Logging the miles is a key part of Muay Thai training and something you should be doing religiously if you want to stay in fighting shape.
In Thailand, most Muay Thai trainees are required to run a few miles before and often after their pad work and sparring sessions. In fact, "no run, no fight" is one of the most popular sayings in the Muay Thai training world.
The question is, how does actually running help you improve as a fighter and how to get started? Keep on reading for the answers.
In this article, I'm going to explain some of the benefits that running offers Muay Thai fighters, as well as show you how to incorporate road work into your workout routine without risking injury or burnout. I'll also delve into some of the training approaches you can follow to develop...
Let’s answer the first and most important question:
Why not study boxing? Why not savate? Why not Dutch-style kickboxing? Why not Kyokushin karate?
Here's your answer:
It's because Muay Thai, specifically Thai Muay Thai, is easily the most complete and effective striking art on the planet.
Muay Thai is also known as The Art of Eight Limbs, and the Thais are absolute masters of each and every limb. Thais are also the masters of the clinch, which feels like an entire martial art on its own.
You’ve no doubt seen Anderson Silva’s execution of Rich Franklin using the “Thai clinch,” more accurately called the “double collar tie.” That clinch is actually only one small part of and is really a beginner’s technique in the vast ocean of Muay Thai clinching. But what have the Thais done to earn such a reputation?
THE MOST FEARSOME THAI KICKBOXER EVER
Beginners may be confused by shadowboxing and not understand the purpose of it. I’m here to change that.
Shadowboxing is used often at the beginning of a training session. It is a fantastic way to get the body warmed up and ready for the training to come.
Furthermore, it is also a way to get your mind warmed up. In fighting and in sports in general, your mental preparations and skills are just as important as your physical ones. If you’re not mentally focused, you will not be able to play to your physical capabilities. Think about athletes who choke when the pressure’s on. Failing to do something they’ve drilled a million times before because they lose focus. Shadowboxing is an opportunity for you to think about and focus on the training that you have ahead and to build focus itself.
But shadowboxing isn’t just a great mental and physical warm...