ARTICLES 2017-04-29T15:47:41+00:00

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights

Whiteboard Coaching Sessions Episode 3: Planning Strength and Conditioning for Frequent Fights. Ok, it's not on a whiteboard this time, but I needed a more dynamic presentation! ;) Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. ...How to plan Muay Thai strength and conditioning around frequent fights? There's a lot of confusion out there, [...]

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning

I've put together a couple of videos that should answer a few questions for you. The first one considers what I believe is the biggest mistake in Muay Thai strength and conditioning. Rather than just waffling on, just watch this 2-minute video and all will become clear... The second video elaborates on how I plan Muay Thai strength and conditioning as an overview. I got myself a [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get injured? How should (or can) you train? Attitude is everything. I've seen many [...]

Is This a Rant? Beware of Glitter-Turds!

If I’ve nothing of value to say, I don’t say anything. And it’s the same when I corner or coach a fighter – I prefer to chose a few good words and leave it there. I let those key points drill-deep and take effect, rather than clouding with distractive clutter. For me that’s the essence of coaching… knowing what NOT to say as much as what TO say. And distractive clutter is [...]

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT

Testing is motivating. It tells you if you’re good or bad, and if you’re training is making you better. But testing “better” only means you’re getting better at Muay Thai if the test has carry over, if it’s sport specific enough. I use a modified Wingate rowing test in my online strength and conditioning programme to measure Thai boxer’s anaerobic power, capacity and fatigue. Can you go [...]

Keep Muay Thai Different

  Everything evolves, and in the quest to attract a greater paying audience, Muay Thai could be pressured to follow the model of pro boxing or the UFC. And don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of good marketing points to be taken from these established combat sport giants, but… ...I hope Muay Thai doesn’t lose its essence in the process. What is the “essence” of Muay [...]

Show Some Finesse, As Well As Blood And Guts

Training requires discipline, but not the kind that fighters usually think of… This discipline I speak of is “restraint”. Knowing when to show restraint is what takes an athletically gifted fighter, and turns them into a beast! It’s the same kind of restraint you’d show when sparring a novice (well I'd hope so anyway — if not, get out of my gym)! …Just because you can knock [...]

Muay Thai Weight Class Mismatch?

I recently watched footage of my nephew, Matthew Butcher fighting at Bangla Boxing Stadium in Phuket… …it again seems the promoters abandoned the weighing scales in favour of  “eyeing up”, and memory. Obviously not the most reliable method of matching fighters! It’s frustrating for fighters and coaches alike. And Sumalee Boxing Gym now refuse to take such fights, regardless of how enthusiastic the fighters may be to crown [...]

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?

Here’s the thing… You might not admit it, but I guarantee there’s something in your life that you’re powerless over… …And it’s become unmanageable. That’s an addiction, and denial is one of the characteristics! If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know I’m no stranger to drawing inspiration and expertise from diverse fields. And another such opportunity cropped up recently – and there’s some gold for you [...]

Is Muay Thai Dead?

Is Muay Thai dead... or just misunderstood? In this video, I share a few ideas that serve as a healthy discussion around the points made in a Muay Thai Guy guest-post that obviously plays devil's advocate... "Muay Thai Is Dead, And You Killed It." It's good to challenge conceptions, it gets everyone thinking. It provides the opportunity to reconsider you own understanding, and either justify it, or investigate a new [...]