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Scientific Skills Training For Fighters – Part 2

2024-07-16T14:42:24+01:00

In this second part, we continue to apply scientific skills training for fighters to fast-track Muay Thai skill development... We explore how to best practice new skills in a training session, to ensure you not only: Acquire skills quickly, cleanly, and retain them long-term, but also... Retain skills in a way that carries over [...]

Scientific Skills Training For Fighters – Part 22024-07-16T14:42:24+01:00

Scientific Skills Training For Fighters – Part 1

2024-07-11T08:42:50+01:00

In this first episode, we begin looking at how scientific skills training for fighters can accelerate your Muay Thai skill development by answering two fundamental questions: What’s the quickest way to learn a new Muay Thai skill with the highest quality? What’s the best way to practice so you don’t lose that skill? As [...]

Scientific Skills Training For Fighters – Part 12024-07-11T08:42:50+01:00

Coaching For Your First Fight – Damien Trainor

2024-06-28T15:44:57+01:00

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 [...]

Coaching For Your First Fight – Damien Trainor2024-06-28T15:44:57+01:00

Do & Don’t Do This Muay Thai Training In Thailand – Angela Chang

2024-06-25T18:39:02+01:00

Pro fighter Angela Chang opens up about a critical mistake she made during her Muay Thai training in Thailand: pushing herself too hard and hitting the burnout wall. Discover how she learned to understand her limits and maintain peak performance without overstepping. Muay Thai Training In Thailand Many fighters don’t push themselves hard enough, [...]

Do & Don’t Do This Muay Thai Training In Thailand – Angela Chang2024-06-25T18:39:02+01:00

Energy Cost: Is Watching Teammates Before Your Fight A Mistake? – Bryan Popejoy

2024-06-17T18:09:49+01:00

Should fighters watch teammates competing ahead of their own fight? Coach Bryan Popejoy discusses the potential energy cost of doing so and the consequence in your own fight. Your body is a holistic system, mobilising energy based on your brain’s perception of your environment. The more emotionally invested you are, the greater the level [...]

Energy Cost: Is Watching Teammates Before Your Fight A Mistake? – Bryan Popejoy2024-06-17T18:09:49+01:00

Bulletproof – How To Take A Muay Thai Body Shot

2024-06-13T08:54:08+01:00

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 [...]

Bulletproof – How To Take A Muay Thai Body Shot2024-06-13T08:54:08+01:00

A Personal Muay Thai For You – You’re Unique

2024-06-07T18:34:04+01:00

Unlike many sports, in Muay Thai you can excel regardless of your stature or body type. It's possible to find a personal Muay Thai style just for you. Tall fighters, short fighters, strong fighters, fast fighters! With so many tools in the box, Muay Thai allows you to play to your strengths. Develop the [...]

A Personal Muay Thai For You – You’re Unique2024-06-07T18:34:04+01:00

Johan Ghazali Teenage KO Artist! – ONE Championship Interview

2024-05-30T16:55:10+01:00

Johan Ghazali Admits He's Shocked With a 5-fight winning streak, including 4 KOs, 17-year-old Johan “JoJo” Ghazali is amazed at how quickly he’s ascended to the ONE Championship pro ranks. Despite his success, JoJo isn't afraid of losses – he values the experience they bring. Patience is key for him, and he's been aiming [...]

Johan Ghazali Teenage KO Artist! – ONE Championship Interview2024-05-30T16:55:10+01:00

Hindsight – My Young Fighter Training Mistake

2024-05-20T13:35:28+01:00

Now in my fifties, the training mistakes I made as a young fighter are finally catching up with me... If some training is good, and more means quicker results, then even more training is even better, right? That's how it felt at the time. However, time and scientific evidence have proved me wrong! The [...]

Hindsight – My Young Fighter Training Mistake2024-05-20T13:35:28+01:00

Understanding Your First Fight Performance – Both Before And After

2024-05-14T15:16:43+01:00

Why can't you fight how you spar in training? Why are you so stiff, clumsy, and fatigued? The key to understanding your first fight performance is to recognise the undeniable influence of your psychology on your physiology! Yerkes-Dodson anyone? In this episode, we discuss the tipping point between the optimal amount of stress to [...]

Understanding Your First Fight Performance – Both Before And After2024-05-14T15:16:43+01:00

Fighter Training Through Injury – Right or Wrong?

2024-05-05T18:14:34+01:00

Are you a fighter training through an injury? Should you be resting up or smashing on regardless? I've pushed on when I shouldn't have, and needlessly backed off too. There are lessons to learn here. Injury is part of any athlete's journey. But for fighters, managing injury well can separate you from the competition... [...]

Fighter Training Through Injury – Right or Wrong?2024-05-05T18:14:34+01:00

Fighter Running Efficiency – A Simple Check And Fix

2024-04-29T09:57:21+01:00

Even for fighters, running efficiency matters! Wasted running effort hurts more than just your running time... Injuries will catch up with you sooner or later. And don't assume your running technique is good – even if you're fast, and you don't currently have injuries. I did, and I was wrong! Although combat sports athletes [...]

Fighter Running Efficiency – A Simple Check And Fix2024-04-29T09:57:21+01:00

Fighting Fitness – How To Plan Fighter Endurance Training

2024-04-26T13:43:06+01:00

Fighting fitness has different components, that developed well can transform your game. The secret to training fighter endurance is to plug the gaps in fighting fitness typically left behind by regular bag work, pad work, and sparring practice. Don't do more of the same, develop what's missing. For most fighters, that means targeting GENERAL [...]

Fighting Fitness – How To Plan Fighter Endurance Training2024-04-26T13:43:06+01:00

Performance Testing For Fighters – Beyond The Cooper Run

2024-04-13T15:36:47+01:00

Fighter performance testing – it’s cool to see how you measure up… But, if you don’t use the results to personalise your training, then don’t bother testing! Progressing beyond the previous two videos (links in further resources below), let’s shine a light on how the 12 minute Cooper Run can plug into a battery [...]

Performance Testing For Fighters – Beyond The Cooper Run2024-04-13T15:36:47+01:00

12 Minute Cooper Run Pacing For Fighters – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 2

2024-04-09T11:58:22+01:00

Pacing matters. And pacing during a 12 minute Cooper Run for fighter fitness testing is crucial. And I've seen even the fittest fighters completely blow this test! Done well, the Cooper Run not only reveals your anaerobic threshold heart rate (see part 1 for more), but also teaches you how to pace your fight [...]

12 Minute Cooper Run Pacing For Fighters – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 22024-04-09T11:58:22+01:00

Fighter Heart Rate Training – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 1

2024-04-05T09:29:04+01:00

When it comes to heart rate training, your maximum heart rate is far less important than knowing your anaerobic threshold heart rate. Most of the time, I don't care what a fighter's max heart rate is. But it's vital I know their anaerobic threshold heart rate... Was that a hard training session?  Your heart will [...]

Fighter Heart Rate Training – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 12024-04-05T09:29:04+01:00

Body Weight Squat Tutorial – Movement Pattern Essentials

2024-03-28T15:19:46+00:00

This Body Weight Squat tutorial video breaks down this essential knee dominant foundation movement pattern... You'll learn how to do it, the common mistakes and how to correct them, and regressions if you need them too. Master the Body Weight Squat before loading up your Goblet Squats, Front Squats, Split Squats, Lateral Squats etc. [...]

Body Weight Squat Tutorial – Movement Pattern Essentials2024-03-28T15:19:46+00:00

Fighter Training Twice A Day – Coach’s Quick Chat!

2024-03-20T10:48:19+00:00

Talking about fighter training twice a day... If it's needed, how to organise S&C training around your Muay Thai training to best effect, and which sessions to drop when you're in a pinch! Also, check out my two-part video series deep dive into scheduling your most productive training week in the further resources below... [...]

Fighter Training Twice A Day – Coach’s Quick Chat!2024-03-20T10:48:19+00:00

Overdoing It? Training Youth Fighters Part 2

2024-03-13T16:48:01+00:00

Welcome back to part 2 of Training Youth Fighters! In this episode, we continue our exploration into the art of training youth fighters, focusing on the crucial concept of finding balance. Join me as we dive deep into the intricacies of youth training methodology. We'll dissect the common pitfalls of early over-specialisation and the [...]

Overdoing It? Training Youth Fighters Part 22024-03-13T16:48:01+00:00

Is Weight Training Safe For Muay Thai Youth Athletes? Training Youth Fighters Part 1

2024-03-06T13:47:26+00:00

In this part 1 episode, we dive into a crucial topic that concerns many coaches, parents, and young athletes alike: the safety and effectiveness of weight training for Muay Thai youth athletes. As a seasoned coach with a deep understanding of athletic development, I break down the nuances of incorporating weight training into the [...]

Is Weight Training Safe For Muay Thai Youth Athletes? Training Youth Fighters Part 12024-03-06T13:47:26+00:00
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