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How to Beat an Aggressive Fighter – Winning the Mental Battle

One of the most feared opponents in Muay Thai is the aggressive fighter. When you face an aggressive fighter, you better be prepared for war. These guys hit hard and will pressure you the entire fight. Learning to counter aggressive fighters is no easy feat. If you have never fought an aggressive opponent, it will take a few fights for you to become comfortable having someone always in your face throwing strikes at you. As you read this article, it is essential to understand the difference between knowing how to counter someone, and actually being able to pull it...

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The Biggest Advantage of Training in Thailand – Improving Your Clinch

The Muay Thai clinch is the one area that sets Muay Thai apart from other striking disciplines. While elbows and knees are useful, the clinch gives a Muay Thai fighter the most significant advantage against other strikers. Clinching is the reason why the largest striking organizations like Glory and Kunlun Fighting do no allow Muay Thai rules. If clinching was allowed, Muay Thai fighters would quickly dominate the competition (they still do anyway). When I describe clinching to people, I often equate it to the ground game of MMA. Fighters who don’t know how to clinch, are the equivalent...

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Why Muay Thai in America Fell Behind the Rest of the World

If you put together a list of the top countries outside of Thailand for Muay Thai, which countries would make your list? Anyone not in the Muay Thai scene would probably assume that America is one of the best Muay Thai destinations outside of Thailand. Unfortunately, American Muay Thai wouldn’t even make the top 10 list of best countries. While there are high-level fighters who come from the America, as a whole, North Americans have been behind the rest of the world forever. Countries like France, England, Australia, Russia, Sweden, and many Eastern European countries have continually produced some...

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The Dangers of Developing Bad Habits in Muay Thai – A Real Life Example

Have you ever been told to keep your hands up or stop reaching to grab your opponent’s kicks in sparring? Little mistakes that you make in sparring, can end up forming into long-term habits if you don’t correct them over time. If you develop a habit of blocking kicks with your arm, you will wish you learned how to properly block kicks when your arms are numb from shins smashing into those arms. We can all agree that dropping your hands or not blocking kicks is a bad habit, however, there are other bad habits that can easily go...

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An Interview with Australia’s Rising Muay Thai Star Chadd Collins

In the past few years, Chadd Collins has blown up in the international Muay Thai scene. Chadd has taken on plenty of big names from Thailand and racked up some impressive victories in his short career. When Chadd fought the legendary Saenchai, he used his aggressive style and gas tank to wear down the legend. Even though Saenchai won the 3 round fight, Saenchai looked gassed by the end of the fight. If the fight was a full 5 round fight under Thai rules, the results could have easily been different. Chadd Collins represents a new generation of young Australian...

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