Thai Boxer Down — Injuries

It's easy to get carried away when preparing for a fight. I've seen many fighters 'self destruct' at this time and get injured – myself included. Injuries such as these either fall into the traumatic (sudden accidental) category, or chronic over use. Traumatic injuries are always possible, and can spontaneously occur by chance — that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fighter Weight Training Sessions In a Nutshell

Thai boxers, like most athletes,  don't have much time to dedicate to weight training sessions. It's therefore critical to train specifically in the gym — be the most productive and get out again. Fighters must focus on strength and power development in the weights room, as these adaptations aren't maximally stressed during Thai boxing training [...]

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 [...]

Correcting Muay Thai Posture Compensations

Following on from my last post, "Is Muay Thai Bad for Posture?", this time I look at some exercises that can counter balance the overuse and posture compensation that results from hours of Muay Thai training. These exercises strengthen and activate deep neck flexors and lower scapular fixators and stretch out the pectoral, upper trapezius [...]

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 [...]

Resistance Bands or Weights to Build Strength and Power?

This question comes up relatively frequently, and I thought I'd share some ideas regarding the use of resistance bands for sports performance training and of course MuayThai specifically. In theory you could achieve the same levels of resistance from both bands and weights, however the nature of the load is very different. Bands produce [...]

Quality Before Intensity

Weight training sessions are far more than than merely pumping iron. They're an opportunity to learn and practice movement patterns that when performed correctly will transform your athletic ability and protect against injury. Sadly, without a coach overseeing the training session, all too often ego takes hold and too much load is manhandled with [...]

Sports Performance Training & Coaching Model

Successful performance enhancement training and coaching divides an athletes needs into technical, tactical, physical and psychological elements. These are all pieces of a puzzle that govern the success of an athlete in their chosen field, and areas that're immediately recognisable to a Thai boxer. To get the most out of training sessions — whether that's [...]