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 [...]

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 [...]

Muay Thai & Ballet Common Ground

No, I’m not joking! I’m influenced by excellence regardless of the discipline or activity. I see the common ground everywhere. Every experience of successful individuals teaches me something – opens my eyes to something new, or provides confirmation of a principle I’ve already recognised. Recently, through my 10-year old daughter’s successful pursuit of a [...]

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

Muay Thai Lucky Day Colours

In Thailand, each day of the week has an associated colour. The day that you were born on will dictate your lucky colour. Many fighters wear Druang Rang or the Prajioud armbands, Mongkon headbands, shorts or anklets that are primarily their day colour to bring them good luck in the ring. Monday – Yellow [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:33:00+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Mindfulness, Sport Psychology, Written Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What’s the point of Muay Thai?

If you ask this question of different people, you'll get just as many different answers. At the risk of losing those not yet ready, I'm going to cut to the heart of it all here, I'm looking for the deepest, underlying reason. The one that emerges if you ask yourself 'why' enough times. Muay [...]

By | 2017-04-13T20:06:38+00:00 February 8th, 2014|Mindfulness, Sport Psychology, Visualisation, Written Post|4 Comments

Wisdom vs Knowledge: A Fighter’s Perspective

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick 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 [...]

By | 2015-08-20T01:01:32+00:00 October 28th, 2013|Coaching, Mindfulness, Written Post|0 Comments

Muay Thai Game-changers: The 80–20 Rule

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick All training has one overall objective — improvement. Every single training session, exercise, drill or warm up routine should make you better. If you're spending time not improving, you're wasting time. The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80–20 rule, states that for many events, about 80% of the effects [...]

Mastery Begins With Your Intent

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick 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 [...]

Training Age

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick 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 [...]

Movement Rhythm & Muay Thai Economy

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Following last weeks post, this article shares more in-fight relaxation tips inspired by my private session with Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya. Every move Yod makes comes from a relaxed, shuffling fighting stance – which is a focus in his coaching. Muay Thai is rhythmical movement, with an escalating tempo from [...]

MuayThai Jeckyll & Hyde Paradox

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Back in 2007, while competing in the WMF World Amateur Muay Thai Championships in Bangkok, I had the privilege to talk with UK Thai Boxing legend, Ronnie Green, regarding the spirit of MuayThai and the nature of those that fight. Ronnie explained how fighting in Thailand allows you not only [...]

Lessons from a Master

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Following another workshop with renowned coach Will Chung, I thought I'd share some of the fascinating concepts that he weaves throughout his work, and also some of my own personal realisations as a result of being exposed to his teaching. I'm physical capable, but Will's simple warm up drills broke [...]

Mindfulness Muay Thai — Flow State Mental Training

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick It's commonly known that a fighter must be focused. An unfocused, mentally distracted fighter doesn't perform well. But, what isn't commonly known is there are two types of focus. One that can help a little (or potentially overload and paralyse you), and one that taps into your flow state, unleashing your [...]

By | 2015-08-20T09:18:02+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Mindfulness, Sport Psychology, Visualisation, Written Post|10 Comments