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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 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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