Paul Banasiak: Losing A Fight By Doing Too Much!

Paul Banasiak shares that losing his Glory debut fight taught him to not over-effort... That it's important to balance risk and reward, and that doing more or going harder in a fight doesn't necessarily equate to bigger, better results. Be aware of the "glitches" you suffer by overthinking instructions and losing your flow! [...]

Paul Banasiak: Losing A Fight By Doing Too Much!2023-01-20T14:55:30+00:00

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 1

These days, fighter training has become more sophisticated. Coaches, fighters, and hobbyists alike all realise that to remain healthy, injury free and perform their best it takes more than steady runs, bag work, pad work, and sparring. But, what types of sessions are needed? How often should you train? What order should sessions go? [...]

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 12023-01-12T14:06:16+00:00

Ognjen Topic: How To Become The Best Fighter You Can Be

Put this battle-tested advice from Ognjen Topic into practice to become the best fighter you can be. Although distilled in fighting, these lessons apply to every domain of your life. There's a pattern to becoming the best you can be. Know the pattern, chase the challenge, and become your best... [...]

Ognjen Topic: How To Become The Best Fighter You Can Be2022-12-29T09:09:31+00:00

How Pre Fight Ritual Boosts Confidence & Performance – Part 1

The evidence is in. Using a pre fight ritual boosts confidence and performance, fact! Pre fight superstition and ritual are an inherent part of all combat sports, and are baked into the culture of Muay Thai. From Pra Jiad arm bands, Mongkhon headgear, lucky amulets, and sak yant tattoos, to wai kru and ram muay [...]

How Pre Fight Ritual Boosts Confidence & Performance – Part 12022-12-08T14:53:29+00:00

Fight Skills Technical Practice Part 1: Group Sessions

When it comes to fight skills technical practice, repetition is key. And group sessions present challenges for individuals looking for technical practice opportunities to fast-track changes in their habitual fight skills. In this episode, I discuss my approach for fast-tracking technical practice in group sessions, both as a coach, and a fighter taking part [...]

Fight Skills Technical Practice Part 1: Group Sessions2022-11-25T16:07:56+00:00

Feeling Tired During Fights Isn’t The Same As Being Tired

There's a difference between feeling tired during fights and being tired... Competing as a fighter is stressful, and the cocktail of neurochemicals and hormones this dumps into your body drastically affects how you feel. Especially early in a fight career, nervousness, anxiety, or even all-out fear, will leave you feeling exhausted without even exerting [...]

Feeling Tired During Fights Isn’t The Same As Being Tired2022-11-04T14:25:23+00:00

Tips For Coping With Pre Fight Nerves

Even elite pros require methods for coping with pre fight nerves. And it begins with accepting how you really feel, before adopting strategies to manage that pre fight anxiety when it crops up... And it will! Every fighter has nerves before a fight. If they didn't, they can't perform their best. However, it's important [...]

Tips For Coping With Pre Fight Nerves2022-10-21T13:03:57+01:00

Strategically Pacing Yourself To Win Fights

Are you strategically pacing yourself to win fights? Armed with an understanding of how to use a heart rate monitor to determine your own unique training pace, you can not only boost your fight fitness... But crucially, learn how to strategically pace your efforts during a fight to produce the best tactical effect. Just [...]

Strategically Pacing Yourself To Win Fights2022-10-12T12:09:22+01:00

Using Fighters Deload Week To Kill It!

Using fighter's deload week effectively takes discipline! Recovery is often a dirty word for fighters... However, it’s the difference between year-on-year progress, or a monthly boom and bust. In this discussion with Rolf Eijsink during his coaching call, we explore both my approach to maximising deload weeks, and Rolf's valuable insight too. Use these [...]

Using Fighters Deload Week To Kill It!2022-10-07T12:34:46+01:00

Mental Strength Training For Fighters

Fighter mental strength training isn't only about what happens on the pads or in sparring. Mental strength is built over the long-term from the habits you repeat each day. In reality, everything you do is an opportunity to either cement the identity of someone who either: 1. Avoids challenging situations or circumstances or gives [...]

Mental Strength Training For Fighters2022-09-29T20:11:25+01:00

Being Both Big AND Strong Hits Harder – Bigger Weight Class

Continuing our look at who hits harder, now we consider fighters in different weight classes and the effect this has on the physics of striking! The last episode, “Fat Loss: Who Hits Harder, Big Or Fast?” created some fantastic points of discussion. And shone a light on some areas of confusion too. In this [...]

Being Both Big AND Strong Hits Harder – Bigger Weight Class2022-07-22T21:19:55+01:00

Fat Loss: Big Or Fast – Who Hits Harder?

When it comes to fat loss, ever wondered who hits harder, BIG or FAST? Toni did when he asked… "I have a question regarding weight loss and punching power. Let's imagine we have 2 genetically identical fighters... Muay thai fighter 1 weighs 90 kg but is physically less muscular and fat. Muay Thai fighter 2 [...]

Fat Loss: Big Or Fast – Who Hits Harder?2022-07-21T13:45:04+01:00

Rich Cadden: Real Deal Muay Thai Veteran – SoBC Podcast EP 16

Not so common... Muay Thai coach to Muay Thai veteran fighter What happens when a 45 year old Muay Thai coach returns to the ring to compete for a Muay Thai veteran title, after 11 years out, and with 20kg to lose in 15 just weeks? …Huge lessons, and a big win! Rich Cadden, [...]

Rich Cadden: Real Deal Muay Thai Veteran – SoBC Podcast EP 162022-07-08T16:07:01+01:00

Without Burnout or Blowout – Planning Long Term Fight Performance Training

Fighters burnout all the time. Hobbyists, amateurs, and pros alike must learn how to balance high intensity fight training with adequate recovery, to not only peak on fight night, but to optimise long term fight performance and health too. We all have a training “Goldilocks zone” that boosts our performance without sending us into [...]

Without Burnout or Blowout – Planning Long Term Fight Performance Training2022-06-30T14:51:12+01:00

Is Fighter Performance Training Healthy Or Not?

Combat sports have so many athletic qualities and technical and tactical skills demanding attention, that training opportunities are inexhaustible! But, is fighter performance training healthy? In truth, the objectives are different when either training for health or training for optimal fighter performance – even if both walk hand-in-hand for part of the journey. There's [...]

Is Fighter Performance Training Healthy Or Not?2022-06-20T20:49:33+01:00

Fighter Training And Work Life Balance With Iman Barlow

Fighter training and work life balance is one of, if not THE biggest struggle for fighters living and training outside of Thailand. It's also a struggle for western fighters training long-term in Thailand too, and affects hobbyists and pro fighters alike, regardless of location. In this episode, Iman Barlow, winner of 19 world titles, [...]

Fighter Training And Work Life Balance With Iman Barlow2022-06-09T10:27:35+01:00

Punch Power-Up Using Secret Hip Mechanics

Even many pro fighters don’t understand the real secret of how to punch using the hips to maximum effect – because it can seem counter intuitive. But grasp this and your punch power will sky rocket. Once you understand how the correct hip mechanics can transfer maximum force to your punch, you’ll win by [...]

Punch Power-Up Using Secret Hip Mechanics2022-06-02T18:03:09+01:00

The Best Reaction Time Training For Fighters

There are a ton of different reaction time training methods and an ever-increasing crop of reaction training devices… And for fighters, they’re NOT all created equal. Some methods really only function as warm-up or movement activities, whereas others can develop Saenchai-like reflexes in the ring! [...]

The Best Reaction Time Training For Fighters2022-08-29T13:07:25+01:00

Iman Barlow: The Secret To Winning In Muay Thai – SoBC Podcast EP 15

What's the secret to winning in Muay Thai? Iman Barlow can shed some light! In this episode, Iman Barlow shares valuable insight into what it really takes to take your childhood dreams all the way. Part of the first generation of child nak Muay outside of Thailand, and with a competitive career spanning 25 [...]

Iman Barlow: The Secret To Winning In Muay Thai – SoBC Podcast EP 152022-05-16T12:10:22+01:00

How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor

How you coach fighters between rounds can make or break a fighter's performance entirely. Although there are certainly best practices, such as keeping your instructions to the bare minimum and focusing only on the priority information to avoid information overload... It's not as simple as "one size fits all". Different fighters have different personalities [...]

How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor2022-05-16T12:27:22+01:00
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