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A First Round Strategy for Fighting Muay Thai in Thailand

Fighting in Thailand is a much different experience than the West. Arguably, one of the biggest differences is you often don’t know who you are fighting. The promoter might give you a person’s name, but that name will mean nothing to you unless they already have a reputation in the area. You could be fighting a professional from Russia with 50+ fights, a tuk-tuk driver, or a first-time fighter who has less experience than you. Even when promoters tell you who are fighting, most of the time the opponent is going to be completely different than the person they...

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How to Beat an Aggressive Fighter – Winning the Mental Battle

One of the most feared opponents in Muay Thai is the aggressive fighter. When you face an aggressive fighter, you better be prepared for war. These guys hit hard and will pressure you the entire fight. Learning to counter aggressive fighters is no easy feat. If you have never fought an aggressive opponent, it will take a few fights for you to become comfortable having someone always in your face throwing strikes at you. As you read this article, it is essential to understand the difference between knowing how to counter someone, and actually being able to pull it...

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7 Offensive Skills that High Level Muay Thai Fighters Possess

In my last article, I talked about defensive skills that are essential to reaching a high level in Muay Thai. This article is going to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: offensive skills At a certain degree, most experienced fighters have the ability to use all of the Muay Thai weapons. However, what separates the best fighters from the rest, is their ability to use these weapons at the right TIME. Timing is everything in a good offense. You don’t have to throw special combinations to land strikes; you just have to throw your technique at the right time. While...

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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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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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