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 [...]

Fighter Conditioning: Body, Brain & Training Environment

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I was privileged to spend 2-days with Joel Jamieson of 8weeksout.com, widely recognised as one of the foremost experts on strength and conditioning for combat sports, and someone that has heavily influenced my personal approach to athletic training and energy systems conditioning in particular. This was his first time [...]

Body Fat Percentage, Not Body Weight

As a Muay Thai and strength and conditioning coach, you may expect that I'm focused on body weight goals for my clients. But I'm not. I really don't care what you weigh. Apart from making weight for a fight, scales aren't a big player in my assessment of your progress. Too much is made [...]

Muay Thai Mindset: Who Are You Competing Against?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, that about 90% of fight winners can be predicted by their mindset before the fight. What mindset does it take to be successful in Muay Thai (and in fact life)? I'm going to give you an insight in this post, and to get a true sense of it, I'm [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:20:16+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Coaching, Mindfulness, Mindset, Sport Psychology, Written Post|6 Comments

Short Term vs Long Term & Resisting the Marshmallow

Attitude is everything, it separates those that achieve from those that just don't. Everything is moving at an ever increasing rate and instant gratification is generally expected. But some things can't be rushed. Physiology is one of those things. It's nature, and you can't rush nature without some sort of trade-off, some sort of [...]

Pakorn Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning

Having just watched current Lumpinee Champion, Pakorn, win the Yokkao -63.5kg World Title at the Yokkao 11 event in Bolton, England, I thought I'd share a closer look at one of the pre-event promotional videos released by Yokkao. The video shows Pakorn undertaking strength and conditioning training at CrossFit BK in Bangkok, in preparation [...]

The Bigger Picture – Can You See What I See?

I use a lot of analogies when I'm coaching. I try to pick a common reference that the client or athlete has experience of, and lever this to help them quickly grasp whatever I'm trying to get across. I'm going to attempt the same in this post. My analogies only work if you have a frame [...]

A Few Good Words…

Sitting watching the Commonwealth Games, I'm struck by the coaches activity — grabbing fleeting moments to refocus their athletes. None is more apparent than the boxing corner-men. What's imparted during these brief exchanges? What's useful, and (more importantly) what's not useful? Although understanding how to coach effectively during competition is crucial, it's also important throughout training too. [...]

Muay Thai: Balancing the Extremes

Every element within your being constantly swings between two opposite extreme states like a pendulum. This fluctuation is normal as your body strives to maintain balance. But, if the pendulum swings too far, balance is lost, problems arise and breakdown is inevitable. This principle is true at every level of existence, from the solar [...]

Testing Fighter’s Anaerobic Fatigue & Power

Here's a simple but highly effective test you can conduct on a rowing machine to determine your maximum average power, anaerobic fatigue and anaerobic capacity – a very useful gauge for Thai boxers. The result of this modified Wingate rowing test can not only be used to track your personal fitness progress and the effectiveness [...]

Bleed Less – The Steps to Take Before Climbing in the Ring

Cuts are part of Muay Thai. A well placed knee or elbow can easily result in a profuse cut that prematurely ends a fight (7, 22). This sort of external bleeding is obvious, but there's also internal damage; bruising and haemorrhage of various tissues within the body (17, 22) – the most consequential being [...]

Make Muay Thai Your Own

A big mistake coaches can make is to produce clones of their own style rather than developing fighters as individuals. As I discussed in my last post, the importance of individualisation, no-one has the same biological or psychological traits. You're can't duplicate the exact performance of someone with different stature, limb lengths, body proportions [...]

The Importance of Individualisation

We're all different. You can't expect everyone to respond to training in same way. In truth, everything is probability, an outcome is either more or less likely depending on many different factors. Structuring training to achieve a desired result is relatively easy for the majority, but there are always outliers, those high-responders and non-responders that [...]