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How to Recover From An Early Knockdown in a Fight

If you plan on entering a Muay Thai competition it is important to understand that fights are a back and forth affair. You will hit your opponent and they will hit you. If you go through a fight unscathed, consider yourself lucky. Good fights are always close battles that usually come down to the final round to decide the winner. Unfortunately, this means that there will be many times when your fortitude and mental toughness will be tested. While you might imagine yourself steam rolling your opponent with a flying elbow or knee that would be featured in an Ong Bak movie,...

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Muay Thai Knockout: Straight Right Punch Counter to the Left Kick

If you ever fight a guy who has really good hands, you have to be extra careful that your guard is always up. Good fighters will take advantage of openings and the results can often lead to being caught with some hard punches. An effective technique that is often used by heavy handed fighters is to let a kick land and then come back with a hard strike before your opponent has a chance to reset their defense. This is a move that requires a trigger reaction to ensure that you don’t allow your opponent to reset their defense. I happened...

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Muay Thai Sparring Drill – Trusting Your Guard

One of the keys to preventing head injuries and getting concussions in Muay Thai is to have a good defense. If you have a good defense it will allow you to survive five rounds with a hard hitting opponent, without being knocked unconscious. A key element of a good defense is your Muay Thai guard. Your guard is going to protect you from incoming punches, elbows, head kicks, and knees to the face. You don’t have to have a fancy guard for it to be effective. By keeping your hands up in front of your face, you will naturally block a...

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The Importance of Focusing on Your Muay Thai Fundamentals

If you want to reach your full potential in Muay Thai it is important to prioritize your time so that you can maximize your growth. With so many different techniques, combos, and drills available online it can be a little bit overwhelming to figure out what you should be spending your time at the gym doing. Should I be working on a new combination or should I be working on my footwork? With so much information available, it can be tempting to try and learn something new every class. Unfortunately, this is not how you will get better. Trying to learn...

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14 Fight Outcomes That Can Happen When You Fight in Thailand

After watching hundreds of people step into the Muay Thai ring and have their first fight in Thailand, I’ve become pretty good at guessing how someone will do in a fight. There are some fighters you know will either win or go the distance in a hard fight regardless of their opponent, and there are other guys that are likely to lose unless they fight a bum. When I spar with someone preparing for a fight, it is easy to tell if that person is ready for a fight or not. Any mistakes you do in sparring will often become...

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