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Why Muay Thai in America Is 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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The Importance of Surrounding Yourself with Better Muay Thai Competition

If you want to reach your full potential in Muay Thai, it is crucial that you train with the people who are better than you. While it can feel good being “the man” at a gym, being the best fighter at a gym is not ideal for your development. If you constantly face inferior competition, you won’t get tested, and it is easy to become complacent. You never want to be the big fish in a small pond. Being a big fish might feel good for your ego, but it can stunt your growth in the long run. When...

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Watch: Muay Thai Superstar Superlek Faces Off Against Scottish Champion

When I first heard that Superlek Kiatmoo9 was getting matched up with a foreigner from Scotland, I felt like it was a mismatch. This has nothing to do with Christopher’s skills or fight record, it is simply the fact that any fighter outside of the top Lumpinee/Rajadamnern/Channel 7 circuit is going to be in for a tough ride against Superlek. For those of you who don’t know who Superlek is, let me put things into perspective. Superlek is a young star currently in his prime. I’ve seen Superlek fight twice at Rajdamnern stadium, and both times he won. His...

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