Coaching for your first fight can make or break your competitive Muay Thai aspirations – whether you’re sharpening up with non-decision bouts or aiming for titles someday.

World-class Muay Thai coach Damien Trainor shares his philosophy on introducing students to competition. He emphasises the importance of getting to know your fighter and, crucially, helping fighters understand themselves.

More Muay Thai enthusiasts than ever are taking tentative steps into the ring to further their development. There’s immense value in testing your limits this way.

If stepping into the ring to face an unfamiliar opponent feels like a logical step for you, this episode sheds light on preparing for your first fight

by Don Heatrick

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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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