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

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 2

Not all of your supplemental training will transfer as directly to Muay Thai performance as others, but it also doesn’t need to. In fact, you'll run into problems if all your training does. So what's the deal, should your training be Muay Thai specific or not? In part 1 I discussed energy systems conditioning, so you've already got a handle on that. But let's now look at [...]

Beyond The Muay Thai Stance on the London Tube – Perturbation & Specificity

This morning I'm braving the London's weekday rush-hour, heading to Covent Garden for my daughter's Royal Ballet Workshop. Riding on the Underground Tube car presented an unexpected opportunity to train a bit of stance and balance. I managed to score a seat for my daughter, but I was left standing as the tube car began to accelerate out of the station. Boom, I instinctively adopted an athletic [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 1

Not all types of supplemental training will transfer well to Muay Thai. The training adaptations that your body makes are highly specific. You instinctively know training as a long-distance runner won’t improve your sprint performance. But it goes so much further than this coarse example. The concept of transfer specificity is misunderstood by many coaches and trainers, and I hope this article will help improve your understanding [...]

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips

It’s not uncommon to have periods where you’re fighting very frequently, which can obviously throw your planned strength and conditioning training into a bit of a spin. Although the very best improvements in athletic performance are built using the periodised strength and conditioning program, there are times when the ideal program this isn’t practical. “Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth” as Mike [...]

Want To Avoid Gassing Out?

This article is in answer to an email I received… Hi Don I have started watching your Starting Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai Video Course. I found it really informative. I have a couple of questions for you. Being a mature age Muay Thai practitioner (52-yrs-old) I have been involved in Martial Arts for over 25 Years mainly Kung Fu. Only been training in Muay Thai the [...]

Muay Thai Fitness — Not General Fitness

There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a relentless opponent having exerted all your energy – sitting dead in the water, unable to respond with the same work rate. If you understand how your body supplies energy in a Muay Thai fight, you can train it to not gas out when you need it most! You need Muay Thai fitness, not general fitness. Why do some [...]

Muay Thai & Ballet Common Ground

No, I’m not joking! I’m influenced by excellence regardless of the discipline or activity. I see the common ground everywhere. Every experience of successful individuals teaches me something – opens my eyes to something new, or provides confirmation of a principle I’ve already recognised. Recently, through my 10-year old daughter’s successful pursuit of a place in the Royal Ballet’s prestigious Junior Associate program, I’ve been exposed to [...]

Z1 8TH Royal Cup MuayThai Championship

I'm all set to head out to Malaysia in December, to attend the eighth consecutive Z1 Royal Cup MuayThai Championship. It's the longest running Muay Thai event in Malaysia, and I hope to get some behind the scenes access to fighters to discuss their training methods. I'll be sure to share anything I learn with you all right here. This WMC sanctioned event hosts 2 tournaments and 2 title [...]

Muay Thai Tournament Conditioning

It’s hard enough preparing for a single fight, but what if you’re involved in a tournament and are expected to fight on consecutive days, or even multiple times in one day? Do you need to change your conditioning training to suit this? This article has been prompted by Sean, who asked this great question: “Hey Don, love your site, can't wait for the pro membership to come out. [...]