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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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How Tawanchay Beat Knockout Artist Kulabdam Three Times in a Row – Muay Thai Breakdowns

In the world of Muay Thai, the Sports Writers Fighter of the Year award is the most prestigious award given out to the fighter who accomplishes the most that year. This is the Muay Thai equivalent of the MVP award in the NBA or NHL. To win this award, a fighter needs to fight the best competition, and have dominant performances against the best. When Kulabdam won the 2017 Fighter of the year award, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone. That year he had gone on a massive channel 7 knockout streaks and how some of the most dominant performances...

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Rare Clinching Throw – Superman Push from the Muay Thai Clinch

Every once in a while you run into a technique that you haven’t encountered before. While there are hundreds of different throws and sweeps, most people stick to a handful of common techniques. Specialty techniques like this one, are typically used by fighters with a lot of experience in the clinch. Before I describe this technique, I want to point out that this is an advance Muay Thai throw. If you are a beginner or intermediate student, please watch the video, but don’t focus on this technique. There are more fundamental clinching throws you should learn first before you...

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How to Throw a Muay Thai Body Kick with Perfect Technique

The Muay Thai body kick is one of the most challenging techniques to master. Because the Muay Thai kick incorporates the entire body into the motion, one mistake can throw off the technique. For Thai fighters, the body kick is a basic technique that they master at a young age. It is the first technique that young Thai fighters learn the moment they step into the gym. After a few months of training, these young fighters can already kick with perfect technique. Thai boys learn to perfect the kick by receiving direct feedback after every strike. Thai trainers correct...

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10 Signs You Have A Good Muay Thai Pad Holder

When you train in Thailand, your pad holder (trainer) plays an essential role in your development. Some people get lucky and end up working with amazing trainers, while other people get the short end of the stick and get someone who doesn’t care. The truth is that most students who come to Thailand can’t recognize the good from the bad. People assume because a pad holder is Thai, they must be amazing. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Additionally, just because a pad holder is popular among foreigners, does not make them a good pad holder. I’ve known some...

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