SINGDAM KO DEFEAT BY KAZBEK KABULOV AT YOKKAO 25 – LESSONS FROM DEFEAT

Singdam KO?! Yeh, I know! That was unexpected! But let's take a closer look at this... I thought I’d share my take away points from Singdam’s shock KO defeat to Russia’s Kazbek Kabulov at Yokkao 25 in Hong Kong. If you have't seen it yet, here's the fight I'm talking about below: [...]

ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST KICK – TRAINING TO PREVENT GASSING OUT

Prevent gassing out? Why exactly do fighters gas out? Before you can understand this, and how to train to prevent it, you must be familiar with the key tipping point in your central energy supply... your anaerobic threshold. Once you know what you don't want, you can make sure your training gives you want [...]

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY

There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about Conor McGregor’s cardio (or lack of cardio conditioning) against Floyd Mayweather - and reflection on the importance of a strong aerobic base in any fighters training program. These discussions are useful. Aerobic capacity and aerobic power are two foundation qualities that any fighter must [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

EXERCISE SOPHISTICATION – SUSPENSION 180 DEGREE JUMP

When it comes to exercise sophistication, there’s a time and a place for something more advanced, but if you use that prematurely you lose that opportunity for adaptation over the longer term. Please don't shortcut straight to this TRX exercise version, even if you can perform it straight off. There are simpler exercises you [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

HIP OR KNEE DOMINANT EXERCISE? COMPLETE REST? | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This video answers Richi's final questions, regarding the transfer of training from hip or knee dominant exercise to the body kick and knee strike, and asking if I believe complete rest has a place in an annual training program. If you need to know the difference between hip or knee dominant exercise, and which [...]

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

INSPIRATORY MUSCLES & HEX BARS – MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This is the first episode in a series, answering six great questions posed by Richi Alvarez in the private group for my online strength and conditioning programme. Richi is training full time at Khongsittha Gym in Bangkok, and has a background in strength and conditioning too. So there's some great thought behind the questions. [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING – WHY YOU FAIL

So many expect quick results, and give in when progress seems too slow for their liking. But, you may well be turning back just when success is around the corner... This is why you fail! As long as you have a plan to achieve your goal, keep going at it. Don't be put off [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING

Muay Thai specificity is a term that's largely misunderstood, and therefore misused. In this video I set about explaining how all three main elements of your training; strength and power, cardio conditioning, and Muay Thai training itself, have a range of activities from general to specific. Once you understand this, you can begin to [...]

PRIORITISE TRANSFER OF TRAINING NOT MUAY THAI SPECIFIC EXERCISE

It's rife all over the internet, because it's eye catching and appears to make sense to the layman. But fight specific exercise has gone rogue, and needs reigning in. Muay Thai specific exercise is a small piece of the strength and condition puzzle, but transfer of training is everything! In this video I explain [...]

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING

There's a lot of video clips out there showing snapshots of Anthony Joshua's strength and conditioning training. I thought I'd take a quick look specifically at reaction training, and chat through some thoughts. And if there's another video out there that you'd like me to discuss, please get in contact and let me know! ;) [...]

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING – AND NOT JUST IN MUAY THAI

Attitude really is everything. In this video I talk about what I believe makes the difference between a successful attitude and an unsuccessful one. In my experience with fighters, athletes, and general clients, I see a wide range of approaches in dealing with tough situations. And this approach/attitude can vary from day-to-day, even for the same [...]

TRAINING & FIGHTING THE CURVE – MUAY THAI STRENGTH, POWER, SPEED

What do I mean, "Training and fighting the curve?" It's a fundamental principle of performance training that I'd like to breakdown for you, specifically for Muay Thai athletes. If you can grasp this, and structure your training to exploit it, I guarantee you'll unlock more of what you're truly capable of. There's two videos, offering [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Strength and Conditioning… Supplemental AND Essential

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental and Essential Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 04 Featuring Manachai and Erhan YokkaoSaenchaiGym, Joe (SumaleeGym) Le Maire, Tom Austin & Deborah Heatrick Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

Are You REALLY Training With Purpose?

Are You Really Training With Purpose? Coach's Quick Chat EP. 02 Featuring Erhan and Manachai, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Are You Really [...]