Join me in this video coaching session as I share a series of Muay Thai pad work drills using a concept I call “Observation Clusters”.

I’ll guide you through advanced techniques designed to sharpen your combat skills and enhance your ability to read and react to your opponent’s movements effectively. We’ll explore the art of throwing combinations while strategically observing your opponent’s responses, allowing you to adapt and counter with precision.

Learn firsthand from my experience as a coach as I break down the intricacies of pad holding and fighter interaction. Discover how to identify openings in your opponent’s defences and exploit them with instinctive strikes.

Whether you’re a seasoned fighter looking to take your skills to the next level or a dedicated coach seeking new training methods for your students, this video is packed with valuable insights and practical pad work drills to elevate your game.

by Don Heatrick

Don Heatrick

Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning

Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.

Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.

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