Tag Archives | Muay Thai

Longer Rounds (diary entry)

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28.11.20 Saturday morning kicked off with the third hour my client’s current Muay Thai for martial arts cross-training course. We went for a totally different format with the rounds this time. The objective was to have the lesson separated into longer periods of uninterupted activity. Round 1 – Warm-up Besides the usual martial arts specific callisthenics and dynamic stretching, this section elevated the heart-rate with footwork, knee-marching and blitzing. Round 2 – Linear Techniques and Principles Everything in this round […]

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Kick Workout (diary entry)

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23.11.20 With her lockdown partner currently recovering from an operation, my client trained alone tonight and I used the opportunity to get back to kicking. The entire workout was focused on developing better kicking technique and increasing speed in her legs. This is the third hour of my client’s course. After the usual warm-up of dynamic stretching and callisthenics we moved onto developing round kicks more effeciently. Firstly, we addressed the importance of the pivot and turning the shin. However, […]

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Building Technique (diary entry)

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21.11.20 My client’s second hour of his new Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course consisted of six rounds of technique and conditioning based training followed by one round of virtual pad-work and then two rounds following the technique/speed/power format, finishing off with a static stretching session. This routine is very similar to last Thursday’s lesson. However, due to the fact that my client doesn’t have a heavy bag in this instance, the “power” part consisted throwing single free […]

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Shadow Boxing, Virtual Pad-Work & Heavy Bag (diary entry)

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19.11.20 My client’s third hour of a 10 hour Muay Thai course was a high intensity 10 x 3 minute round session. We began with isolated combinations and techniques, we had a round of virtual focus mitt training and then three rounds on the heavy bag, building up techniques. Given the client’s high level of skill and experience, this was an extremely focused lesson of explosive techniques. The shadow technique rounds were all separated into 1.5 minutes per combination. The […]

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Tighter Combinations, Speed, Power and Restriction

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16.11.20 The second hour of my clients’ current 10 hour course, continued more revision on the set Western Boxing combination began at the end of the last course. The two lockdown partners worked together for partner drills, then on the focus mitts and then I divided them up into restrictive training and kicking. The lesson started with a warm-up of callisthenics, dynamic stretching and line-work. Then we shadowed the complete boxing combinations: pendulum step/jab/cross/pendulum step back/parry/parry/slip/lead hook/roll/spleen shot/roll/liver shot/lead hook. […]

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Technique Isolation; Combination Innovation (diary entry)

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14.11.20 My client began the first hour of his Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training with a 12 round dissection of popular techniques. The premise for most rounds was to do two combinations primarily featuring the chosen technique. As we progressed, I encouraged my client to suggest his own combinations. This was to make the entire experience less passive and more proactive. Here and there I would suggest ways to improve the combination he put forward from a tactical […]

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Adding Kicks & Restricting Movement (diary entry)

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08.11.20 Tonight my two lockdown clients began their next course. One of them is looking to improve her kicking speed whilst her partner will be going into an operation soon that will restrict movements with one of his knees. With this mind, I continued with the boxing combination I taught last week and adapted it for both of them. Prior to making these adaptations I went through footwork patterns, slipping and ducking before layering on the punching combination. Then I […]

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More Speed Kicks (diary entry)

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26.10.20 Monday night saw the tenth hour of my client’s course that has recently been focused on developing speed in kicks. Last lesson we mainly looked at the technical side of gathering more speed along with some conditioning. Tonight, after going through a through dynamic stretch and warm-up we plunged into four tabata sets, each of these use basic techniques at high speed. The first three sets consisted of simple two-kick combinations – the objective here was to get the […]

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Movement and Southpaw Fighting (diary entry)

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19.10.20 My second Monday night lesson saw the beginning of a 10 hour Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course with a new client. This client has been training for 15 years in Muay Thai and that includes in-ring fight experience. It was a new challenge for me and I enjoyed being able to introduce new concepts to an individual with firm knowledge on the art. After a warm-up of skipping my client went through some basic combinations before […]

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Boxing Footwork & Muay Thai (diary entry)

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14.10.20 Wednesday evening focused on developing footwork combinations for kickboxing. Taking a more Dutch-based approach to our Muay Thai, we put together a series of linked attacks from different positions. These all made use of footwork to help create momentum. We began by combining the teep with straight punches and the pendulum step. I also layered on a rear round kick after the jab/hook back-step pivot. Looking at the diamond step we lead with a lead round kick and then […]

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Teep Setups and Knee Bombs (diary entry)

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29.09.20 Tuesday night’s second lesson was client consultation as we used the lead teep and jab to set us off on a journey through rear leg round kicks, switch spear knees, rear knees, knee bombs and switch kicks. We began with the jab/lead teep seesaw movement. The step jab is probably one of the most common jabs thrown in Muay Thai. It is also a good way to start footwork training in Western Boxing. We then add the pendulum step […]

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12 Round Lesson (diary entry)

23.09.20 Wednesday night saw a 12 round continuous workout focusing on Western Boxing and Muay Thai. Rounds one to six were all Western Boxing, covering various footwork and head movement drills whilst building on combinations. Round seven to 12 were all about Muay Thai, as we focused on specific Thai combinations such as a five-elbow combination, shin-check/teep/round kick and teep/knee bomb as well as more Dutch layered combinations where lengthier hand combinations were used to set up kicks. Between rounds […]

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Kickboxing & MMA from the Philly Shell (diary entry)

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15.09.20 My Philly Shell training carried over into my teacher consultation lesson where we looked at bringing together much of what we had covered and integrated into kickboxing. We looked at the pullback/shoulder roll/rear hand parry into the right cross and back-step. From here we covered front kick variation or an inside round kick and then into a diamond step and spleen shot or outside round kick into a liver kick. This combination was then changed for MMA into jab/double […]

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Heavy Bag Guided Workout (diary entry)

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27.07.20 The course in Denmark continued on Monday with the fourth hour of this six hour course. My client’s daughter was away for this lesson so I taught a heavy bag session. Tonight we began with some simple tips on handling the heavy bag. One good piece of advice I was given by the US teacher, Ron Goin, was to use techniques to stop the bag swinging between combinations. Using a spear elbow, spear knee, a long-guard or a teep […]

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Zoom Training in Denmark (diary entry)

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06.07.20 Tonight began my Danish client’s first hour of a six hour course on Dirty Boxing and Kickboxing. Today he trained with his daughter and our work included both Muay Thai line-work and Dirty Boxing training on the focus mitts. He is a Tae Kwon Do teacher who attended my “When Parents Aren’t Around” seminar last year hosted by Hinnerup Karate and was my translator on both days. His students were of a high calibre and did well in the […]

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Dutch & Thai Combinations Continue (diary entry)

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05.05.20 Tuesday night continued my teaching training as we continued to blend Dutch Kickboxing concepts with Muay Thai. Tonight we delved deeper into the Thai clinching side. The lesson began with the routine warm-up of kick exchanges, building to double kick exchanges and finally the 1,2,3 semi-free sparring that has been covered in previous diary entries. Framing, pawing setups and posting are now all par for the course. Emphasis was now placed on improving footwork and timing. The Dutch area […]

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