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In this, the very first episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast, I’m joined by both TJ "The Thinking Man", AND "Mrs The Thinking Man", TJ’s wife Daisy, from Phuket – just a week out from both of their next fights on the same weekend… Originally from Houston, Texas in the US, TJ and Daisy sold everything back home and upped roots [...]
For a number of years now, my Dad has been suffering from dementia… and we all know how that one goes. I’m not sharing this to garner sympathy. This most certainly is not a post about me. I’m sharing this because I hope to inspire. This is all just context to illustrate my final point. I spend Saturday mornings looking after my Dad [...]
We all come to Muay Thai for our own (equally valid) reasons. A few know they want to fight straight away… but most just want to train – and never intend to fight at all. Both of these motivations are correct! In the West, Muay Thai is NOT a career, even for a pro fighter. It won’t pay all the bills, you need [...]
I see many fighters consistently working on the wrong things. And this not only slows their progress to a crawl, but ultimately limits how far they can go. So in this episode, I’m going to explain how you can break limits in Muay Thai... For a fighter to make the best progress [...]
Phase 1: Newbie Gains When you first start Muay Thai training, you’re swimming in a sea of technical corrections! As time goes on, with consistent practice of the core (game-changing) movements and techniques, fewer corrections are needed to achieve reliable performance. You’re moving along the continuum from novice to expert. Repeating movements reinforces habits, forming motor pattern “engrams” that you no longer have [...]
Dan McGowan receiving his pre fight massage ahead of his historic win over Rungarai at Yokkao 28 A vigorous rub down with Namman Muay massage oil (boxing liniment), was a key part of my personal pre-fight preparation. And I think every Thai boxer has an amusing story about how this strong smelling, fiery-hot massage oil has ended up places it shouldn’t! [...]
One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… Med Ball Chest Throw Against The [...]
Naresuan the Great Shrine, Ayutthaya My first trip to Thailand was back in 2000, organised by Ajarn Tony Moore though the British Thai Boxing Council. The trip was an eye-opener in every sense possible! As a Muay Thai coach, I travelled to train in real Muay Thai gyms, to see fights at both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums, to experience the Thai [...]
I’m often asked why Thais are so powerful without using resistance training. And here’s one I received recently... “I keep thinking that real power comes from perfect technique which is comes out of a result of hours and hours of repeating the same movement year after year that's why you see some small skinny guy who you wouldn't think nothing of to later [...]
What Clinch Strength Is & Isn’t Of all the Muay Thai tactics, the clinch demands the most raw strength. If you layout all Thai boxing techniques on the force-velocity curve, you’ll have clinchwork at one end (strength) and punches at the other (speed). BUT - Good clinch work comes from relaxed, efficient application of strength, not just brute force. If I’m clinching someone who’s using all-out [...]