I’ve always been able to take a body shot. A bulletproof core has always been my superpower.

It allowed me to become a dominant Muay Khao fighter, completely unfazed by trading the heaviest of knees in the clinch…

Confident I could inflict much more damage than I would take.

To take a Muay Thai body shot you must both develop the prerequisite core strength and shot absorbing technique.

The truth is, that even a strong core can only absorb a body shot without taking damage IF it’s tensed. And there’s a skill to this!

In this video I break down this skill, revealing the secrets that turn you from winded and fractured to robust and relentless

by Don Heatrick

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Key points from this body shot episode…

  • 00:00 The Truth About Taking A Body Shot
  • 00:52 Anticipate or Collapse
  • 01:24 Clinch Knees Blindfolded
  • 02:16 How To Brace Your Ribs
  • 03:10 Exhaling To Compress The Ribs
  • 03:46 Moving Away From The Strike
  • 04:35 Lateral Spine Flexing Works Too
  • 04:54 Using The Lats In The Clinch
  • 05:53 Using The Lats In Your Guard

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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