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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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10 Signs You Have A Good Muay Thai Pad Holder

When you train in Thailand, your pad holder (trainer) plays an essential role in your development. Some people get lucky and end up working with amazing trainers, while other people get the short end of the stick and get someone who doesn’t care. The truth is that most students who come to Thailand can’t recognize the good from the bad. People assume because a pad holder is Thai, they must be amazing. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Additionally, just because a pad holder is popular among foreigners, does not make them a good pad holder. I’ve known some...

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The Benefits of Sparring With Someone That Goes Hard

In most gyms, there is usually one guy (or girl) who has a reputation of sparring too hard. Most of the time this person thinks he/she is going light, even though they aren’t. Most trainers will make sure that people who spar hard get paired with people who are experienced enough to handle the heat. In Thailand, usually, when there is some crazy guy who is trying to knock people out, the Thai trainers don’t let new guys spar with that person. In an ideal world, when you are sparring with someone who is going hard, it means your...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Teep (Part 5) – How to Increase Power in Your Teep

While the teep is a technique that does not require a lot of power to be effective, when you add power to your teep it can be a devastating offensive and defensive weapon. A strong teep can knock an incoming opponent across the ring, or it can even KO an opponent if you place it in the right location. Increasing the power in your teep is something that requires you to master the basic fundamentals before you start trying to throw them with power. As a beginner, you shouldn’t worry about power until you can perform the technique with...

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