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5 Things That Will Make You Uncomfortable When You Fight in Thailand

Having a Muay Thai fight in Thailand is a right of passage for most Nak Muays. Whether you plan on being a world champion, or just want to test yourself, fighting in Thailand is something that you should consider at some point in your journey. While you can do a lot of things to prepare yourself for the ring, there are some things that will make you feel uncomfortable no matter what. This article is going to break down specific things that will make you feel uncomfortable in your first fight. #1. Slippery Opponents Before you step into the...

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Learning to Develop Your Fight IQ in Sparring

One of the most common phrases you hear repeated by trainers in Thailand during sparring is “Chai Samong (ใช้สมอง)! They usually scream this as you are being pummelled by some foreigner who is blasting punches. Chai Samong (ใช้สมอง) essentially means USE YOUR HEAD in Thai. Most people do not realize that Muay Thai is a thinking sport. The violent nature of Muay Thai can mask the subtle nuanced skills that fighters possess which separate the good from the average. The process of learning Muay Thai is similar to learning to write. Before you start writing, you first learn your...

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Why You Shouldn’t Make Excuses When You Lose a Fight

When it comes to fighting, you will win, and you will lose. Unless you are in the sport of Boxing, where promoters pick and choose opponents to ensure that fighters maintain perfect records, you are going to suffer losses. If you follow fighters on social media, you will notice many of them always give themselves credit for their hard work and dedication when they win, and discredit their losses with some excuse. Yes, a lot of fighters tend to be narcissistic and entitled, believing the world revolves around them. (This may be a consequence of social media.) When a...

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5 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Better at Muay Thai

One of the reasons why Muay Thai is such an amazing sport is because of the growth that you experience from the beginning to the end. In my previous article, I talked about the three stages of Muay Thai development. The first phase requires you to develop your fundamentals. After you learn the basics, you reach the steep acceleration phase, where you improve rapidly. This last phase is the most exciting period in your Muay Thai growth because you are constantly learning. After a few years of making rapid gains, you will find your gains start to level off...

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