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 Fight2019-06-16T13:54:10+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

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

Harry, an experienced, old-school Nak Muay messaged me today – it went like this... “A lot of the greats of the current day have lost big. Nuegelek not only knocked out Kulabdam with a kick to the head… but a couple of weeks later, he knocks out Muangthai with an elbow over a [...]

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2019-05-05T11:02:58+01:00

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 32

Last October, I was privileged to speak with FSC Muay Thai’s Jake Purdy and head coach Sonny Perez, ahead of Jake’s battle with Bad Company’s Joe Craven for the UK #1 spot on the Yokkao 32 show in Bolton… What with computer hardware failure and a hectic personal schedule recently, it's taken me [...]

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 322019-06-18T22:11:25+01:00

Mind, Body, and Spirit in Muay Thai – the Hidden Qualities of a Complete Fighter

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Complete fighters aren’t only masters of all fighting modes and fighting ranges – they’re also masters of 3 intrinsic qualities that truly complete them as a fighter. They’re masters of the Mental, Physical and Emotional, or the classic Mind, Body and Spirit. And in this episode, I’m going to [...]

Mind, Body, and Spirit in Muay Thai – the Hidden Qualities of a Complete Fighter2019-06-18T22:14:34+01:00

Muay Thai Fighting Styles and Becoming a Complete Fighter

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Muay Thai fighting styles can be broken down into something far more useful. Something you can use to train your own personal style, and develop one that can beat whoever is in front of you. Let me show you how... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT In this episode, I'm [...]

Muay Thai Fighting Styles and Becoming a Complete Fighter2019-06-18T22:15:45+01:00

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 [...]

15 WINNING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AFTER EVERY FIGHT (SO YOU NEVER LOSE)!2019-04-23T15:06:37+01:00

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS

Recently I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with the legendary sport scientist, educator, and strength and conditioning coach Dr Yessis. In this podcast I summarise my reflections on Muay Thai S&C as a result of that chat! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the Heatrick Heavy Hitters podcast. [...]

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS2019-05-05T18:31:25+01:00

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?

“If I have to do my Muay Thai and strength and conditioning sessions both one after the other, which should I do first? And If I can leave a gap, how long between sessions is best?” I’m asked this a lot, and in this video I briefly share my thoughts on this while driving [...]

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?2019-05-05T17:39:54+01:00

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

In this video I’m sharing my approach to Muay Thai performance coaching. In every session I want to make you better, not just make you tired. And fundamental to this is understanding what makes you better at Muay Thai, and what makes you either worse or wastes time! Shoot me an email to tell me [...]

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2019-05-05T17:47:11+01:00

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: [...]

SINGDAM KO DEFEAT BY KAZBEK KABULOV AT YOKKAO 25 – LESSONS FROM DEFEAT2019-04-23T11:03:27+01:00

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING2019-04-23T09:52:05+01:00

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION2019-05-05T18:24:43+01:00

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A2019-05-05T17:30:58+01:00

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING

Muay Thai specificity is a term that's largely misunderstood, and therefore misused. In this video I set about explaining how all three main elements of your training; strength and power, cardio conditioning, and Muay Thai training itself, have a range of activities from general to specific. Once you understand this, you can begin to [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING2019-04-23T08:01:53+01:00

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING

There's a lot of video clips out there showing snapshots of Anthony Joshua's strength and conditioning training. I thought I'd take a quick look specifically at reaction training, and chat through some thoughts. And if there's another video out there that you'd like me to discuss, please get in contact and let me know! ;) [...]

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING2019-04-22T22:29:10+01:00

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 [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters2019-04-22T22:16:14+01:00

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING… SUPPLEMENTAL AND ESSENTIAL

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental and Essential Video Transcript: Your primary training focus is of course MuayThai. And your main limitation early on is technical competence, and focusing on this will have the greatest impact on your performance to begin with. Strength and conditioning, on the other hand, is [...]

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING… SUPPLEMENTAL AND ESSENTIAL2019-05-05T17:26:53+01:00

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle2019-05-05T17:26:30+01:00