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 [...]

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 [...]

Show Some Finesse, As Well As Blood And Guts

Training requires discipline, but not the kind that fighters usually think of… This discipline I speak of is “restraint”. Knowing when to show restraint is what takes an athletically gifted fighter, and turns them into a beast! It’s the same kind of restraint you’d show when sparring a novice (well I'd hope so anyway [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hamstring Cramps – What To Do About It

Hamstring cramps at night, cramps while sitting, or during training can send you into a writhing, screaming heap on the floor. And if it keeps happening, there's something wrong. Here are some ideas that can save you some grief, and potentially a torn muscle. To be honest, the exact cause of muscle cramping is largely [...]

By | 2017-04-13T17:56:23+00:00 February 16th, 2016|Injury Prevention, Motor Patterns, Written Post|0 Comments

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance

My sports massage therapist Jacqui Sinclair pointed out I've a muscle imbalance in my back. Are you thinking this doesn't apply to you? Guess again — it's a sneaky muscle imbalance! Although I use a well balanced strength and conditioning training programme, I failed to account for some innocuous postural activities. In this video I explain why [...]

By | 2017-04-13T17:57:48+00:00 February 6th, 2016|Core Training, Injury Prevention, Isometric, Strength, Video Post|0 Comments

Muay Thai Q&A – Injuries, Muscle Building, Food Intolerances

Mariusz posed a few questions, wanting to know about common injuries in Muay Thai training (not fighting) and what to do to check and correct the causes; muscle building (hypertrophy) training for Muay Thai fighters; and eating allergies/intolerances. So here's another dog-walk talk, where I take the opportunity to chat through some ideas while out [...]

By | 2017-04-13T18:00:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Hypertrophy, Injury Prevention, Mobility, Nutrition, Video Post|0 Comments

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning vs. Thailand Training Method

Trinidad asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my camera while taking my dog Logan for a [...]

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 [...]

Brain Saving Sparring

My wife forwarded this video to me, showing an apparent impact conditioning drill. Now, it's pretty obvious this is the dumbest idea ever. This kind of deliberate repeated trauma to the brain causes damage, and you can only accumulate so much brain trauma in a lifetime, so don't waste it with this kind of [...]

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 [...]

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai

Following the Gym Session Density article, I've been asked what mobility exercises I'd  suggest to fit into the gym session template. In reality, the specific exercises I select depend on the movement limitations of the individual that I've programmed for. However, Thai boxers generally need to work on ankle, hip, thoracic spine and shoulder [...]

Gym Session Density

How can a fighter best structure weight training sessions to be the most productive in the shortest space of time? We're a twitchy bunch with a strong work ethic and rest periods are generally not respected. However, it takes a relatively long time for the neuromuscular system to recover between strength and power exercise [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is There Ever Enough Fitness?

Sam posted this fantastic question on the forum: “Is there a point where your fitness level is 'enough', at which point you could spend all your time working on technique, sparring, and other such sport-specific things?“ In answering this question, I've taken the opportunity to link-in more detail on some of the topics discussed. [...]