Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Strength and Conditioning… Supplemental AND Essential

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental and Essential Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 04 Featuring Manachai and Erhan YokkaoSaenchaiGym, Joe (SumaleeGym) Le Maire, Tom Austin & Deborah Heatrick Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental [...]

Are You REALLY Training With Purpose?

Are You Really Training With Purpose? Coach's Quick Chat EP. 02 Featuring Erhan and Manachai, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Are You Really [...]

When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning

Coach's Quick Chat Episode 1: When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning Featuring Singdam, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Video Transcript: When a lot of [...]

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights

Whiteboard Coaching Sessions Episode 3: Planning Strength and Conditioning for Frequent Fights. Ok, it's not on a whiteboard this time, but I needed a more dynamic presentation! ;) Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. ...How to plan Muay Thai [...]

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning

I've put together a couple of videos that should answer a few questions for you. The first one considers what I believe is the biggest mistake in Muay Thai strength and conditioning. Rather than just waffling on, just watch this 2-minute video and all will become clear... The second video elaborates on how I [...]

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT

Testing is motivating. It tells you if you’re good or bad, and if you’re training is making you better. But testing “better” only means you’re getting better at Muay Thai if the test has carry over, if it’s sport specific enough. I use a modified Wingate rowing test in my online strength and conditioning [...]

Show Some Finesse, As Well As Blood And Guts

Training requires discipline, but not the kind that fighters usually think of… This discipline I speak of is “restraint”. Knowing when to show restraint is what takes an athletically gifted fighter, and turns them into a beast! It’s the same kind of restraint you’d show when sparring a novice (well I'd hope so anyway [...]

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Get Results

Regardless if you're talking nutrition or Muay Thai strength and conditioning training, it doesn't have to be perfect to get results. In this super quick Vlog from the office, I explain what is important when it comes to getting results... and having the perfect training programme or nutrition plan isn't it! [...]

We’ve ALL Got Issues! Avoidance Is NOT The Answer

Stop kidding yourself, you’ve got stuff you don’t do well… If you don’t agree, you just haven’t looked closely enough. The physical stuff you don’t do well will eventually bite you. But, if you’re honest and make the effort, you can head things off at the pass before your body breaks down. I’ve done [...]

If You’re Not Growing You’re Dying – Don’t Be Afraid of Change

It's true in every field... Don't be afraid of change. "Just because it's the way it's always been done, it doesn't mean it's the best way." ~ Dr. Bryan Mann, assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri Are you still doing everything you do the way you started out doing [...]

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?

Coach says, “Today is a low intensity day.” – The fighter’s body language slumps. But… by the end of the session, the fighter gets it. He’s come away with a list of things to work on, that’ll make him a better fighting athlete, and some cures for the reoccurring niggles that seem to plague [...]

The Simple Way To Take The Muay Thai Visionary Advantage

It’s an arms race… And there’s a huge advantage in being the visionary, the early adopter. The benefits gained are not available to the majority… yet. While others have no clue, you already have it all figured out and are moving ahead. There’s a recognised curve as people jump on-board with a new idea. [...]

LACK OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING IN THAILAND?

Following my interviews with full time fighters Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training using traditional methods which [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD

One of the guys on my programme asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 2

Not all of your supplemental training will transfer as directly to Muay Thai performance as others, but it also doesn’t need to. In fact, you'll run into problems if all your training does. So what's the deal, should your training be Muay Thai specific or not? In part 1 I discussed energy systems conditioning, [...]

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips

It’s not uncommon to have periods where you’re fighting very frequently, which can obviously throw your planned strength and conditioning training into a bit of a spin. Although the very best improvements in athletic performance are built using the periodised strength and conditioning program, there are times when the ideal program this isn’t practical. [...]

Want To Avoid Gassing Out?

This article is in answer to an email I received… Hi Don I have started watching your Starting Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai Video Course. I found it really informative. I have a couple of questions for you. Being a mature age Muay Thai practitioner (52-yrs-old) I have been involved in Martial Arts for [...]

Muay Thai & Ballet Common Ground

No, I’m not joking! I’m influenced by excellence regardless of the discipline or activity. I see the common ground everywhere. Every experience of successful individuals teaches me something – opens my eyes to something new, or provides confirmation of a principle I’ve already recognised. Recently, through my 10-year old daughter’s successful pursuit of a [...]

Muay Thai Athletic Training Principles

Nothing happens by accident. If you want to be the best fighter you can be, you need to put some thought into it. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Or was it Winston Churchill? Anyway, whoever said it was bang on! And it’s true in every [...]