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TJ The Thinking Man and Daisy Mrs The Thinking Man – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast

In this, the very first episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast, I’m joined by both TJ "The Thinking Man", AND "Mrs The Thinking Man", TJ’s wife Daisy, from Phuket – just a week out from both of their next fights on the same weekend… Originally from Houston, Texas [...]

TJ The Thinking Man and Daisy Mrs The Thinking Man – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast2020-01-03T17:44:29+00:00

How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will

Phase 1: Newbie Gains When you first start Muay Thai training, you’re swimming in a sea of technical corrections! As time goes on, with consistent practice of the core (game-changing) movements and techniques, fewer corrections are needed to achieve reliable performance. You’re moving along the continuum from novice to expert. [...]

How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will2019-11-13T23:06:03+00:00

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?

One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… [...]

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?2019-10-17T22:17:36+01:00

Thais Aren’t Powerful, They’re Efficient

I’m often asked why Thais are so powerful without using resistance training. And here’s one I received recently... “I keep thinking that real power comes from perfect technique which is comes out of a result of hours and hours of repeating the same movement year after year that's why you [...]

Thais Aren’t Powerful, They’re Efficient2019-10-03T14:02:40+01:00

Advanced Muay Thai Clinch Strength

What Clinch Strength Is & Isn’t Of all the Muay Thai tactics, the clinch demands the most raw strength. If you layout all Thai boxing techniques on the force-velocity curve, you’ll have clinchwork at one end (strength) and punches at the other (speed). BUT - Good clinch work comes from relaxed, efficient application [...]

Advanced Muay Thai Clinch Strength2019-08-24T20:06:24+01:00

Functional Strength & Hypertrophy Routine for Muay Thai Fighters

I first published this in 2013, and it’s been my most popular video on YouTube even after all these years. So I’ve decided to update it and re-publish it for newer readers and anyone who wants to run it again, as it’s still as effective as ever in helping Thai boxers build functional strength [...]

Functional Strength & Hypertrophy Routine for Muay Thai Fighters2019-11-03T17:11:01+00:00

Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai 101 – A Science-Based Approach to Accelerated Athletic Development

This guide is for both Beginners & Competitive Fighters looking to grow as quickly as possible... For those looking to take advantage of every training potential, specifically to accelerate their Muay Thai performance and take their game to the next level. Contents: The Role of S&C in Muay Thai [...]

Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai 101 – A Science-Based Approach to Accelerated Athletic Development2019-08-13T09:59:58+01:00

How To Choose Exercises For a Fighter’s S&C Session

I’m often asked how I choose exercises for a fighter’s gym session. So I’ve broken down the steps I mentally run through when planning a strength and conditioning session – to ensure productive progress for every minute in the gym. So let’s get to it... My 9-step logic to selecting the best/most appropriate [...]

How To Choose Exercises For a Fighter’s S&C Session2019-07-27T06:57:59+01:00

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters

There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to fighters using heart rate monitors in their training... And despite many Instagram posts showing fighters wearing heart rate straps during training, many aren’t using this tool effectively at all. So I’m going to debunk these myths, and explain how to use heart rate [...]

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters2019-07-11T18:11:14+01:00

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!

I’m often asked if it’s good training for fighters to throw punches and kicks with resistance bands connected to their arms and legs? You know, like in the Instagram posts? The short answer is no! Loading up skilled Muay Thai technique is never a good idea, because it changes how you move. An [...]

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!2019-06-30T15:00:23+01:00

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise

The Heiden and Stick exercise is an important progression in a Thai boxers speed and plyometric training. It targets sideways, lateral movement, involving adductors and glute medius muscles at the hip to control the knee, and multiple muscle groups in the feet, ankle and calves. And it not only trains unilateral (single leg) [...]

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise2019-06-18T17:35:10+01:00

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything

Back in 2012, I won what turned out to be my last fight, but was taken by ambulance to hospital immediately afterwards to spend the night under observation.Of all my fights, this one felt the most physically gruelling… my trademark strength and physical fitness had suddenly abandoned me – as if my opponent was wearing [...]

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything2020-01-03T07:54:46+00:00

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight

For a Muay Thai newbie, gains are quick, and therefore motivation is high. But inevitably, progress slows and only those that continue to feel progress will keep at it. In this video I show you practical strategies to remain “on it” even if you don’t have a fight coming up… [...]

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight2019-07-30T19:23:33+01:00

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes

If you can throw a good shoulder butt, you can throw an awesome punch or elbow! This drill coordinates explosive power from the ground up, and really tells you if your timing is good enough. In this video I share with you a foundation drill that I use to teach fighters to connect [...]

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes2019-06-16T13:57:18+01:00

How Jonathan Haggerty Did That to Sam-A

I’ve been asked why I thought Jonathan Haggerty, at only 22 years old and 16 professional fights to his name, managed to defeat Thai legend Sam-A (with 336 wins and only 46 losses) to claim the ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai world title. So here are my thoughts... I’ll begin by putting fight [...]

How Jonathan Haggerty Did That to Sam-A2019-07-30T19:23:58+01:00