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 [...]

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance

Muay Thai Performance Hack Episode 1: Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance In this series, I'll quickly share (in less than 5-minutes) hacks that'll improve your Muay Thai performance. The link between sleep and recovery is well known and documented, but just how much do you need, and how much does it affect your athletic performance? [...]

By | 2017-04-12T23:48:54+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Coaching, recommended, Recovery, Research, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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… [...]

By | 2017-04-12T23:55:21+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Nutrition, Written Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-13T16:18:32+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Sport Psychology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-13T17:37:23+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Power, recommended, Strength, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

We’ve ALL Got Issues! Avoidance Is NOT The Answer

Stop kidding yourself, you’ve got stuff you don’t do well… If you don’t agree, you just haven’t looked closely enough. The physical stuff you don’t do well will eventually bite you. But, if you’re honest and make the effort, you can head things off at the pass before your body breaks down. I’ve done [...]

If You’re Not Growing You’re Dying – Don’t Be Afraid of Change

It's true in every field... Don't be afraid of change. "Just because it's the way it's always been done, it doesn't mean it's the best way." ~ Dr. Bryan Mann, assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri Are you still doing everything you do the way you started out doing [...]

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?

Coach says, “Today is a low intensity day.” – The fighter’s body language slumps. But… by the end of the session, the fighter gets it. He’s come away with a list of things to work on, that’ll make him a better fighting athlete, and some cures for the reoccurring niggles that seem to plague [...]

Do You Cop Out?

You might not be ready to hear this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Guess what, everything that happens to you is your fault. …I can feel a wave of aversion rising – “but” what if this, or that… Ok, to pander to this argument a little... other people can affect what happens to [...]

Are you fighting TOO often?

Fighters in Thailand have a notoriously high fight-frequency, sometimes even multiple times in one day for children. But is this suitable for everyone? What should determine how often you fight? Are you fighting too often? In this video I share some of my thoughts on how to make the best use of fights as part [...]

LACK OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING IN THAILAND?

Following my interviews with full time fighters Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training using traditional methods which [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Muay Thai Athletic Training Principles

Nothing happens by accident. If you want to be the best fighter you can be, you need to put some thought into it. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Or was it Winston Churchill? Anyway, whoever said it was bang on! And it’s true in every [...]

VALGUS KNEES: CORRECTIVE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EXERCISES

In a previous article for Muay Thai Scholar, I discussed using strength and conditioning training to discover how your body fails, and working on these weak links – we’ve all got them! I illustrated with the example of valgus collapse of the knee, where the knee buckles inward under load — and this is pretty common [...]