15 WINNING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AFTER EVERY FIGHT (SO YOU NEVER LOSE)!

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick It maybe a bit of cliché in the fight game that either you win a fight or you learn… but that doesn’t mean it’s not true! However, you can seriously increase your rate of learning (even if you won the fight) if you follow up by reflecting on the answers [...]

MY OWN FUNERAL?

My own funeral? And I seem happy about it?! Life lessons come when they're ready, not when you are... and this one caught me entirely off-guard. And I think that was the point. Guarding is resisting, and this lesson was about becoming vulnerable – absolutely, totally and completely vulnerable! Accepting it entirely. Then, and [...]

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?

This week, three Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions answered! Standing or sitting between rounds? Weightlifting belts (for fighters), yay or nay? MAS cardio sessions? Plus a bonus game changer to help focus your efforts! Is sitting between rounds best for recovery, or is it better to remain standing instead? How about fighters using [...]

HOW TO MAKE IT BIG IN MUAY THAI

Many Thai boxers dream of making it big in Muay Thai, but in reality not many will. And not because they aren’t physically capable of doing so, but simply because they lack the motivation or the process to do so. They fail to achieve simply because they don’t know how to succeed. There is [...]

3-STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE TRAINING MOTIVATION

"Is it wrong to be ripped?" That was the tagline banded about on GMTV in the UK yesterday, and there where the usual two guests to argue opposing viewpoints. But the attitudes they displayed got me thinking. For me, they'd missed the point. I've trained countless clients over the years (both fighters and regular [...]

SINGDAM KO DEFEAT BY KAZBEK KABULOV AT YOKKAO 25 – LESSONS FROM DEFEAT

Singdam KO?! Yeh, I know! That was unexpected! But let's take a closer look at this... I thought I’d share my take away points from Singdam’s shock KO defeat to Russia’s Kazbek Kabulov at Yokkao 25 in Hong Kong. If you have't seen it yet, here's the fight I'm talking about below: [...]

INSPIRATORY MUSCLES & HEX BARS – MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This is the first episode in a series, answering six great questions posed by Richi Alvarez in the private group for my online strength and conditioning programme. Richi is training full time at Khongsittha Gym in Bangkok, and has a background in strength and conditioning too. So there's some great thought behind the questions. And [...]

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING – AND NOT JUST IN MUAY THAI

Attitude really is everything. In this video I talk about what I believe makes the difference between a successful attitude and an unsuccessful one. In my experience with fighters, athletes, and general clients, I see a wide range of approaches in dealing with tough situations. And this approach/attitude can vary from day-to-day, even for the same [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get [...]

Keep Muay Thai Different

  Everything evolves, and in the quest to attract a greater paying audience, Muay Thai could be pressured to follow the model of pro boxing or the UFC. And don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of good marketing points to be taken from these established combat sport giants, but… ...I hope Muay Thai [...]

By |2017-04-13T16:18:32+00:00September 15th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Sport Psychology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?

Here’s the thing… You might not admit it, but I guarantee there’s something in your life that you’re powerless over… …And it’s become unmanageable. That’s an addiction, and denial is one of the characteristics! If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know I’m no stranger to drawing inspiration and expertise from diverse fields. And [...]

Do You Cop Out?

You might not be ready to hear this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Guess what, everything that happens to you is your fault. …I can feel a wave of aversion rising – “but” what if this, or that… Ok, to pander to this argument a little... other people can affect what happens to [...]

Are you fighting TOO often?

Fighters in Thailand have a notoriously high fight-frequency, sometimes even multiple times in one day for children. But is this suitable for everyone? What should determine how often you fight? Are you fighting too often? In this video I share some of my thoughts on how to make the best use of fights as part [...]

Fighter Conditioning: Body, Brain & Training Environment

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I was privileged to spend 2-days with Joel Jamieson of 8weeksout.com, widely recognised as one of the foremost experts on strength and conditioning for combat sports, and someone that has heavily influenced my personal approach to athletic training and energy systems conditioning in particular. This was his first time [...]

MUAY THAI MINDSET – WHO ARE YOU COMPETING AGAINST?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, that about 90% of fight winners can be predicted by their mindset before the fight. What mindset does it take to be successful in Muay Thai (and in fact life)? I'm going to give you an insight in this post, and to get a true sense of it, I'm [...]

YOUR TRAINING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

As a Thai boxer, you have many different opportunities to train, some with groups and training-partners, and others by yourself. It's great working with others, and there's plenty of benefits to doing so, but grasping your solo sessions and making them count will take you to another level. Get Personal I see far [...]

MUAY THAI LUCKY DAY COLOURS

In Thailand, each day of the week has an associated colour. The day that you were born on will dictate your lucky colour. Many fighters wear Druang Rang or the Prajioud armbands, Mongkon headbands, shorts or anklets that are primarily their day colour to bring them good luck in the ring. Monday – Yellow [...]

By |2018-03-29T12:31:28+00:00December 6th, 2014|Mindfulness, Sport Psychology, Written Post|0 Comments

COPING WITH FIGHT DELAYS

I'm sure you've experienced this before – you're expecting to fight on a show at around 6pm, but the event organisation has gone awry. It's 9pm already, and you're STILL waiting for your slot in the fight schedule. You've planned and prepared your food and snacks to maintain energy levels, and that has now [...]

By |2018-02-09T07:57:11+00:00November 2nd, 2014|Nutrition, Sport Psychology|0 Comments

The Bigger Picture – Can You See What I See?

I use a lot of analogies when I'm coaching. I try to pick a common reference that the client or athlete has experience of, and lever this to help them quickly grasp whatever I'm trying to get across. I'm going to attempt the same in this post. My analogies only work if you have a frame [...]

A FEW GOOD WORDS…

Sitting watching the Commonwealth Games, I'm struck by the coaches activity — grabbing fleeting moments to refocus their athletes. None is more apparent than the boxing corner-men. What's imparted during these brief exchanges? What's useful, and (more importantly) what's not useful? TUNING OUT? Although understanding how to coach effectively during competition is crucial, it's also important throughout [...]

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