Possessing & Teaching Character

It's often said that sport builds character, but participation alone doesn't build it, character must be taught. How do you know if you possess character, how can you teach character? As a coach of any kind, we're also responsible for developing character in those we interact with. We're in the privileged position that people [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:57:51+00:00 March 24th, 2014|Coaching, Sport Psychology, Written Post|0 Comments

Weight Training Is Skill Training

During our Interclub event this weekend at Unit 1 Gym, I had a chat with KO fighter Greg 'The Prodigy' Wootton about strength and conditioning for Thai boxers. The topic of resistance training came up, and the opportunities this presents for fighters to further develop skilled movement. I thought I'd expand on our brief [...]

Olympic Lifting & Kettlebells For Muay Thai?

Quan A Nguyen recently asked on the Heatick S&C Facebook page: "What do you think about Olympic lifting, and kettlebell training? Is Olympic lifting appropriate for MT? If yes, how should I modify my weight training schedule to include them?" Both Olympic lifting (snatch, clean and jerk etc.) and kettlebell training (swings, snatches and [...]

It’s Not Your 8 Limbs Striking

The private Muay Thai sessions I've coached recently have handed me a common-thread that I thought I'd share with you. Muay Thai is often referred to as the science of 8 limbs, but being pre-occupied with the striking limbs themselves is a big mistake. This is something I've found to be true myself, and [...]

Muay Thai & The Law of Accommodation – Part 2

Avoiding training plateaus (accommodation) requires some forethought. As discussed in part 1 of this article, it's important to vary training load (intensity and/or volume) and the exercises or drills used. These modifications to training are essentially quantitative (changing the amount and intensity) or qualitative (replacing exercises and drills). Fighters/athletes with more advanced training ages [...]

Muay Thai & The Law of Accommodation – Part 1

When it comes to physical training, most haven't heard of the law of accommodation, even fewer have considered it's application to Muay Thai. But this great question came up on the Questions & Answers Forum. Although I've briefly touched on it before, it's a subject that's of particular relevance to Muay Thai and warrants [...]

Wisdom vs Knowledge: A Fighter’s Perspective

What's the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Learning theory gains knowledge, whereas applying this knowledge through practical experience gains wisdom. It takes time to gain wisdom. I’m always learning more, from everyone that I come into contact with — because of their experience, regardless of their academic knowledge! Learning is important, but you must [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:03:01+00:00 October 28th, 2013|Coaching, Mindfulness, Written Post|0 Comments

Mastery Begins With Your Intent

My early morning run was feeling easier today, my pace was quicker than previous outings and my mind was sparking - thoughts, ideas where hitting me without conscious effort as I sprung along. At last I was beginning to feel myself again after a training hiatus. As I neared the end of the run [...]

Training Age

At a seminar I delivered to Thai boxers in Cork, Ireland, there were some very experienced fighters — having invested many years of training both domestically and in Thailand, and amassing a large number of fights internationally. You wouldn't describe these guys as 'beginners'... or would you? A small part of this particular seminar [...]

Are You Fighting With The Brakes On?

Here in the UK we’ve recently had a heat wave (I’m definitely not complaining, I love it — it’s been more like Bangkok than Bury St Edmunds), and the Muay Thai classes I’ve taught in such conditions have shown that movement economy needed some work. It has been an opportunity to focus on efficiency [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:18:21+00:00 August 4th, 2013|Coaching, Motor Patterns, Movement Training, Written Post|3 Comments

Periodisation of Muay Thai Technique Training

I've come across an interesting periodisation model while reviewing a classic article from the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, "A Theoretical Model of Strength Training" by Stone, Bryant et al. And I thought I'd share it with you as it helps Thai boxers picture how their training should be structured approaching a fight. The [...]

Outuflow Muay Thai Activation Exercises

This weekend I was privileged to meet Will Chung when attending his Tacfit MMA workshop. To say he's had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. Will is not only an renowned martial artist and coach, but really knows movement. His approach is one of a universal practicality - it doesn't matter [...]

What is Strength & Conditioning Exactly???

  This post was prompted by a recent Facebook status, which asked, “As strength and conditioning is becoming a big part of fighters training, what do coaches and fighters think it is? Weight training? Cardio? Padwork? Bag work? Core exercises? Body impact conditioning?” It's a great question, and one that certainly attracted a lot [...]

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 2

Following the first part of this article, which discussed my thoughts on how much weight you can cut and why, this second part outlines my recommendations for how you cut. As before, my approach is one of optimum fight performance, not maximum weight cut – read the first part if you're not sure of [...]

By | 2017-04-28T11:12:36+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Coaching, Nutrition, Recovery, Weight Cutting, Written Post|6 Comments

MuayThai Flow State

Last weeks post served as an introduction to this one, if you missed it please click here. I'm sure you've all heard before that a fight is 90% mental and only 10% physical. With this blog, I'm keen to share with you my thoughts on all aspects of Muay Thai performance, not just the physical. [...]

MuayThai — Sport or Art?

In this post I'm not comparing the modern-day MuayThai ringsport with it's origins in the battlefields of ancient Siam. I'm going to explain my thoughts on how any sports person can transcend beyond a biomechanical system of levers and physiological power plant. When does physical action become an art? What are the benefits and [...]

Muscle Soreness & Muay Thai Training

Pulling on my barefoot running shoes, I chose to run the 2 miles to the gym as part of my warm up. I'm not yet accustomed to the altered calf loading from barefoot running, and as I completed my gym session, my calves began to feel tight — but I still have the run home. [...]

Time Saving Multi-purpose Exercise

As fighters our exercising training time is very limited. We should spend as much time as possible practising technical and tactical Muay Thai. Time spent exercising must provide a benefit that can't be obtained during Muay Thai training or it's wasting time. Each exercise in your strength and conditioning programme must provide the biggest [...]

Technique Training When Tired?

Should you train technique when physically fatigued? It's a great question, and to grasp the answer it's crucial you understand how your body learns skilled movement of any kind – get it wrong and doom yourself to hours of corrective practise, get it right and short-cut to reliable skill in adverse conditions. Before I [...]