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

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know

One thing’s for sure, delayed onset muscle soreness is part of a fighter’s training – especially when you head out to Thailand to train! But… Is delayed onset muscle soreness the sign of a good training session? How can you avoid being too sore? Should you train if you’re really sore? How can you [...]

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know2022-06-04T18:34:11+01:00

Lower Body Activation Exercise For Fighter’s Strength And Conditioning

Why a lower body activation exercise for fighter's strength and conditioning? Activating the right muscles to efficiently create movement patterns in both strength and conditioning, and a fighter’s technical skill training makes a huge difference to your movement economy and ultimate strength and power levels. And many fighters struggle to “feel” the difference between [...]

Lower Body Activation Exercise For Fighter’s Strength And Conditioning2022-05-30T19:02:24+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 Fighters2022-05-20T15:01:04+01:00

Muay Thai Superman Slam Exercise

Tune-up your Muay Thai Superman punch or elbow with this Med Ball Jump Slam exercise! Not only is this a great explosive hip extension and core anti-extension exercise, but it’s a fantastic way to teach timing and awareness of body position during jumping strikes. Seriously great for amping up your flying Superman elbow! This [...]

Muay Thai Superman Slam Exercise2022-05-16T12:33:14+01:00

Muay Thai Fighters Switch Step Tutorial – For Coaches & Students

A complete fighters switch step tutorial, including technical drill breakdowns to optimise power through timing and foot placement. Some fighters struggle to find the correct movement pattern for an effective switch step, and coaches can struggle to teach this to students that 'don't get it'. This fighters switch step tutorial video looks at building [...]

Muay Thai Fighters Switch Step Tutorial – For Coaches & Students2022-05-16T13:07:44+01:00

Fighters Push Up Variation for Muay Thai Clinch Escape

Fighters push ups aren't typically considered to enhance the clinch! Most fighters view push ups only as a punch-specific exercise, but programmed in your training correctly, it can make a serious difference to your Muay Thai clinch escape too. And being a bodyweight exercise, specific [...]

Fighters Push Up Variation for Muay Thai Clinch Escape2022-04-01T15:00:35+01:00

Two Unexpected, Game Changing Tennis Ball Exercises For Fighting!

I'm not going to opt for the more obvious reaction or hand eye coordination drills, catching, avoiding, throwing or punching tennis balls. Instead, I’m going to share two strength and conditioning exercises for fighters using a tennis ball... Both of which directly contribute to two key factors that heavily influence [...]

Two Unexpected, Game Changing Tennis Ball Exercises For Fighting!2022-03-22T11:51:20+00:00

Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than In Fighting?

Why is there typically more shouting during strikes in Muay Thai training than in fighting? In this episode, I’ll share my thoughts on this specifically, and on breathing during Muay Thai in general... Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]

Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than In Fighting?2022-03-11T17:37:59+00:00

Deadlift Lower Back Pain & Adjusting Your Training Program

I'm often asked how fighters can adjust their training programs if they're experiencing lower back pain while deadlifting. Here's a recent question... "I'm struggling doing deadlifts at the moment due to my lower back being activated before my glutes in my posterior chain. "I'm working on the muscle imbalance in [...]

Deadlift Lower Back Pain & Adjusting Your Training Program2022-02-01T13:20:34+00:00

Muay Thai Performance Riddle: What Becomes More Difficult The Better You Get?

Riddle me this... What becomes more difficult the better you get? ...Have you got it? I'll tell you where I'm going with this, my answer is... Improvement But this is much more than just a riddle... If you want to become the best you can be, we must unpack this [...]

Muay Thai Performance Riddle: What Becomes More Difficult The Better You Get?2021-11-02T09:35:14+00:00

Panicos Yusuf: The Habit Of Hard Work – SoBC Podcast EP 13

Panicos Yusuf came to England from Cyprus on a one-way ticket, with just £60 in his pocket and a habit of working hard... He's since achieved an incredible amount in the sport of Muay Thai, owing everything to his family, his friends, his coaches [...]

Panicos Yusuf: The Habit Of Hard Work – SoBC Podcast EP 132022-03-13T15:13:35+00:00

Bryan Popejoy: Muay Thai Mentors, Self Belief, Structure, & Adaptability – SoBC Podcast EP 12

Bryan Popejoy has found himself at the forefront of American Muay Thai since the 1980's, literally involved from Illinois in the East, through Arizona, to California in the West. His experience both as a Muay Thai fighter himself (in the early "Wild West" period of American Muay Thai), and as [...]

Bryan Popejoy: Muay Thai Mentors, Self Belief, Structure, & Adaptability – SoBC Podcast EP 122022-03-09T13:37:29+00:00

Starting Late – Starting Anyway – Finishing Ahead

How to surpass those that have been training longer than you in Muay Thai I’m often asked questions like… “Is 20 years old too late to start Muay Thai and become successful with it?” So in this episode, I wanted to add a little flavour to answers I’ve given to [...]

Starting Late – Starting Anyway – Finishing Ahead2022-05-03T16:38:26+01:00

Paul Banasiak: Trust, Honesty, Not Selling Yourself Short – SoBC Podcast EP 08

Not every fighter is as frank and honest as Paul Banasiak in their appraisal of themselves, with themselves, let alone sharing this with others. But, both with more than his fair share of introspective perspective, and also understanding the value of learning from other's mistakes as well as his own... He's happy [...]

Paul Banasiak: Trust, Honesty, Not Selling Yourself Short – SoBC Podcast EP 082022-03-09T14:37:30+00:00

Tony Myers: Mental Toughness, Skilfulness, & Playfulness – SoBC Podcast EP 07

I'm hard pushed to think of anyone who has made such an impact on raising the level of worldwide Muay Thai as Tony Myers. And this made for my biggest podcast episode to date! Tony Myers is Professor in Quantitative Methods at Newman University, a Muay Thai coach, referee and judge. [...]

Tony Myers: Mental Toughness, Skilfulness, & Playfulness – SoBC Podcast EP 072022-03-09T15:04:38+00:00

Ognjen Topic: Seeking Perfection & Leaning Into Pressure – SoBC Podcast EP 03

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast I chat with Ognjen Topic, European born three-times world champion, WKA International Champion, and ranked number 1 in the United States, who’s also trained and fought extensively in Thailand too. Ognjen’s introduction to Muay Thai wasn’t the easiest (on so many [...]

Ognjen Topic: Seeking Perfection & Leaning Into Pressure – SoBC Podcast EP 032022-03-09T17:53:19+00:00

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)

For many fighters, bodyweight training only serves as muscular endurance training – multiple rounds of upward of 10 reps per exercise. This approach develops endurance, or “conditioning”. It doesn’t touch the neuromuscular system that’s developed in resistance training sessions targeting strength, power, and speed. And in missing this, fails to [...]

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)2020-11-16T17:49:49+00:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More

Another nice balance of questions between movement skill, resistance (strength, power, speed) training, and energy systems cardio (endurance) conditioning in this Q&A episode. In this second episode of the Q&A I'm asked... Hi, Don. What do u think of the Ido Portal method of [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More2020-05-30T12:57:49+01:00
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