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5 Defensive Skills That Are Essential In Muay Thai

If you want to compete in Muay Thai at a high level, your defense needs to be on point. Failing to block incoming strikes will lead to unnecessary damage that can impact you in the long term. While some fighters pride themselves on having a strong chin, after years of punishment those fighters often suffer from severe concussions and memory loss when they retire. While it is important to know how to take a punch, that should be your last line of defense. A proper defense involves blocking, parrying, avoiding, redirecting, and countering strikes before they land. Some fighters shield...

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Impressions of Khongsittha Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok

One of the benefits of living in Thailand is that you have access to the best Muay Thai training in the world. Whether you want to train at a beginner Muay Thai camp designed for tourists, or a gym with Thai champions, different gyms cater to different people. When you think of Bangkok, the first thing that comes to mind is fighter gyms. These gyms are filled with Lumpinee, Rajadamnern and Channel 7 fighters and champions. Traditional gyms like Sor Sommai, are considered the epitome of a fighter gym that breeds champions. While these gyms have the best fighters,...

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Controlling Your Opponent After You Catch Their Kick ft. Petchboonchu

When you catch your opponent’s kick, there are multiple techniques you can use to score points. The sweep is the most common method that people learn when you catch a kick. There are many types of sweeps you can perform, but the general concept of tripping your opponent after you catch their leg stays the same. While a sweep can score you quick points on the judge’s scorecard, sometimes it is advantageous to try to control your opponent, so you can throw strikes. It is important to remember, that you are only allowed to take two steps forward after you...

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How to Get Into Clinching Range ft. Petchboonchu

To be effective in the clinch, you need to understand how to close the distance against your opponent. You could be the world’s best clincher, but if you can’t get into clinching range, you won’t be able to exploit your advantage. Skilled clinchers know how to close the gap and get the fight where they have the advantage. Moving from out of range into clinching range is a dangerous area to cross for clinchers. To get inside the clinch, you need to enter your opponent’s striking range without getting hurt in the process. Advanced clinchers know how to close...

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Taking Responsibility For Your Muay Thai Development

A while ago I received an email from someone named Mike (not his real name), who was complaining about his training circumstances. Mike wasn’t happy… Without going into much detail of the email, Mike felt that his coach was not investing enough time in him. He was jealous that other people at the gym were receiving more attention and he wasn’t developing as much as he would have liked. Mike believed that his Muay Thai development was the responsibility of his coach – a view that is quite common among beginners. Now, if Mike was paying his coach a full-time salary to...

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