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The Importance of Managing Your Expectations Before a Fight

Have you ever wondered why some fighters can look so good in training, but when it comes to the fight they completely choke? Why do some average fighters exceed expectations and perform much better when it matters the most? Taking the right mental approach to a fight will give you the best chance of performing your best. If you perform your best, the results don’t matter. What you don’t want is to walk out of the ring knowing that you didn’t put your best foot forward. What Mental Approach Should We Take? The best thing you can do going...

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How To Come Back Stronger After a Loss: 4 Steps to Success

Losing a Muay Thai fights sucks. The first time I lost tears started streaming out of my eyes moments after I heard the decision. Knowing that I did everything I could to win the fight and still coming up short crushed my spirit. Back then I was young and naive. I believed that I could and should beat anyone as long as I trained hard and believed I could win. While these were good principles to follow, they don’t necessarily mean you will win. When I was winning everything was great. After every victory, my ego grew a little bit bigger. My confidence was correlated to my fight...

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The Importance of Positive Self Talk in Muay Thai

In Muay Thai it is essential to have 100% belief in your abilities. Fights are often won or lost in the mind. If you have a strong mind, you will be able to push through more pain than you ever thought possible. Conversely, a weak mind will crumble the moment things start going wrong. While there are many things that go into creating a strong mind, one important aspect is how you talk to yourself. Fighters who are always negative, don’t experience the same amount of success as fighters who have learned to harness the power of their thoughts. How you talk to yourself matters The...

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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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