INSPIRATORY MUSCLES & HEX BARS – MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This is the first episode in a series, answering six great questions posed by Richi Alvarez in the private group for my online strength and conditioning programme. Richi is training full time at Khongsittha Gym in Bangkok, and has a background in strength and conditioning too. So there's some great thought behind the questions. [...]

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING – AND NOT JUST IN MUAY THAI

Attitude really is everything. In this video I talk about what I believe makes the difference between a successful attitude and an unsuccessful one. In my experience with fighters, athletes, and general clients, I see a wide range of approaches in dealing with tough situations. And this approach/attitude can vary from day-to-day, even for the same [...]

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 [...]

Keep Muay Thai Different

  Everything evolves, and in the quest to attract a greater paying audience, Muay Thai could be pressured to follow the model of pro boxing or the UFC. And don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of good marketing points to be taken from these established combat sport giants, but… ...I hope Muay Thai [...]

By | 2017-04-13T16:18:32+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Sport Psychology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Your Training Is Your Responsibility

As a Thai boxer, you have many different opportunities to train, some with groups and training-partners, and others by yourself. It's great working with others, and there's plenty of benefits to doing so, but grasping your solo sessions and making them count will take you to another level. Get Personal I see far too [...]

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

Coping With Fight Delays

I'm sure you've experienced this before – you're expecting to fight on a show at around 6pm, but the event organisation has gone awry. It's 9pm already, and you're STILL waiting for your slot in the fight schedule. You've planned and prepared your food and snacks to maintain energy levels, and that has now [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:34:46+00:00 November 2nd, 2014|Nutrition, Sport Psychology|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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]