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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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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Better at Muay Thai

One of the reasons why Muay Thai is such an amazing sport is because of the individual growth that you experience from the beginning to the end. When you first start training, progress happens slowly because everything you do is new. You have to build your foundation before you can start building the house. After a few months of training, suddenly things start clicking and becoming easier. I wrote an article that talked about the 3 stages of Muay Thai development. In the article, I talked about the early slow beginning period of Muay Thai when learning is slow...

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How to Fix Your Muay Thai Kick – Learn to Turn Your Hips with these 3 Drills

When I first came to Thailand, I struggled a lot with the basics. The problem was that I had already trained for years in MMA and Karate when I was a kid. This meant that I had developed MANY bad habits that would take years to try and undo. The hardest adjustment I had to make was learning how to turn over my hips when I kicked. Years of bad habits developed before I came to Thailand, were extremely difficult to break. Even to this day, there are a few bad habits I still have, that I have to...

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Video Breakdown: 4 Offensive Skills High Level Muay Thai Fighters Possess

Have you ever wondered what separates the best Muay Thai fighters from the rest? While there are a number of things that go into creating the perfect fighter, Muay Thai fighters that possess high level striking skills are extremely difficult to beat. While some fighters possess heavy hands, strong clinching, and a relentless pace, the technical fighters often possess specific traits that make them elite strikers. Even though these fighters can be beat, they are the most beautiful to watch because of their mastery of the art of striking. In the following video, I breakdown specific skills that the...

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How Injuries Can Help Fuel Growth in Muay Thai

In my twenties I took training for granted. I used to be able to train non-stop and I would never get injured. Sure, after a fight my shins would be busted or I would have to wait for stitches to heal, but those were easy to fix. Unfortunately, those days of being injury free wouldn’t last forever. As I reached my thirties, I started to experience more minor injuries that would set me back a few weeks at time. Warming up and cooling down before training became essential, otherwise I was at far more risk of getting hurt. Recently,...

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