SINGDAM KO DEFEAT BY KAZBEK KABULOV AT YOKKAO 25 – LESSONS FROM DEFEAT

Singdam KO?! Yeh, I know! That was unexpected! But let's take a closer look at this... I thought I’d share my take away points from Singdam’s shock KO defeat to Russia’s Kazbek Kabulov at Yokkao 25 in Hong Kong. If you have't seen it yet, here's the fight I'm talking about below: [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING

Muay Thai specificity is a term that's largely misunderstood, and therefore misused. In this video I set about explaining how all three main elements of your training; strength and power, cardio conditioning, and Muay Thai training itself, have a range of activities from general to specific. Once you understand this, you can begin to [...]

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING

There's a lot of video clips out there showing snapshots of Anthony Joshua's strength and conditioning training. I thought I'd take a quick look specifically at reaction training, and chat through some thoughts. And if there's another video out there that you'd like me to discuss, please get in contact and let me know! ;) [...]

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 [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Increase Punching Speed Using The Right Weight Gloves

Training in heavier gloves has long been thought to improve strength and therefore punching speed – once you return to regular weight gloves. Others swear by shadow boxing with dumbbells and resistance bands also feature highly in the list of exercises used to increase punch speed. Having been asked about adding resistance to punching [...]

Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning Periodisation (Planning)

Following the Muay Thai Guy Podcast, I've been getting lots of questions regarding my approach to periodisation for Muay Thai. So as I've just set up my new 'green screen', I thought I'd shed some more light on this subject via the medium of video. Yeh, I know, boys and their toys! "How can I [...]

Plyo’s Before Muay Thai Skill Training? — Activation vs Fatigue

Can I use Plyo's before Muay Thai skill training? This short video explains the relationship between activation and fatigue, and how it relates to strength/power movements preceding Muay Thai technical and tactical training. Triggered by a question on my Aerobic Plyometric Routine post, I felt the topic of post activation potentiation (PAP) needed to [...]

Muay Thai & The Serape Effect

 It's not the strength of the arm that throws a punch, it's the amount of power that a fighter can wind out from the trunk and hips – unleashing power via the rotary action of the hip via the trunk and the arm. And the same is true of kicks, and this is all due [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]