Tag Archives | Muay Thai

Student Empowerment in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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13.04.19   Saturday morning saw my two junior clients pass the six hour point of their basic course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We did some coaching training in the form of pad-work order to better maintain skills outside of class and so I could also observe the training from another perspective. I also introduced another sweep and the horizontal knee strike.   We began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretching. Then we moved […]

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8 Rounds of Muay Thai (diary entry)

Knee strike to stomach whilst grappling (b)

09.04.19 Tuesday night completed my client’s Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course. We worked through all areas covered during the course and used the round format in order to confirm all the material. After a warmup of dynamic stretching and callisthenics, we trained for six rounds on the Thai focus mitts and two rounds of sparring. Round 1 – footwork, basic guard, 1-4 punch/kick combinations, teep setups and basic checking Round 2 – All of the above […]

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Half Way Point in the Muay Thai Basic Course (diary entry)

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06.04.19   Saturday morning brought my two junior clients up to the five hour point of their course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked on combining stand-up striking and clinch into combinations. I brought in the round knees at the clinch range and also taught tactics for breaking the clinch and following up.   The lesson started with the usual set of dynamic stretching and callisthenic exercises. We then did some mirror footwork and technique […]

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Stand-up & Ground Fighting (diary entry)

Jamie Clubb of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts in the Bodyguard drill! (small)

27.03.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team continued work in Muay Thai and MMA top position ground-fighting. The former addressed improving combination work, introduced the spinning elbow and back kick, whereas the latter worked on developing positions and striking set-ups for submissions.   The junior lesson began with a walk through of punch-kick combinations and clinch-work. Then we moved onto kick-catching and counters. This led us onto the spinning elbow set-up. We used this off a jab, off a […]

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More Muay Thai (diary entry)

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26.03.19 Tonight my client completed his eighth hour of Basic Muay Thai for martial arts cross training. We specifically looked at kicks and introduced both the back kick and the spinning elbow. Training began with our usual warm-up routine of callisthenics and dynamic stretching. We did some mirror foot work, distancing and placing techniques. This was followed by going through the basic punch/kick combinations, where we looked at effective transitioning from the switch kick and retaining balance with the teep. […]

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Putting Elbows to the Test (diary entry)

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19.03.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the seventh hour of his course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We concentrated mainly on the remaining elbow strikes.   The warm-up consisted of the usual specific mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and callisthenics. We then changed to mirror footwork, looking at placing techniques and gauging distances using teeps. Next we went through the basic punch, kick and knee combinations covered in previous lessons. Moving back onto the […]

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Strengthening Muay Thai’s Technique Transitions (diary entry)

Low striking whilist grappling

16.03.19 Ask different people what they view to be the jewel in Muay Thai’s fighting crown and it is a fair bet that you will get technique-based answers. It is only a guess, but I think the top answer will either be the “round kick” (roundhouse or turning) or specifically “the low round kick”. There is a lot of evidence verifying the devastation and effectiveness of this move when applied in virtually any full contact stand-up combat sport. Many a […]

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Intercept rather than Block (diary entry)

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th09.03.19   The second lesson of the morning was the second hour of my junior clients Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised previous material and focused a lot on hand positioning, the high guard and introduced the round kick.   The lesson began with some basic specific calisthenics and mobility exercises. We then moved onto footwork and going through the four-punch combination to blend in kicks, knees and other techniques. Here I adjusted hand […]

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Junior Muay Thai begins (diary entry)

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02.03.19   The second lesson of this morning was the beginning of my two junior clients’ first course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at Muay Thai footwork, differences in stance, punching, the teep, the spear knee and two different guards.   We warmed up with basic line movements, getting the two clients used to the rocking motion inherent in Muay Thai and the more square-on stance. We looked at shifting weight for Muay Thai […]

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Conditioning the Lead Side (diary entry)

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22.02.19   The first lesson of the morning began my long-time client on his course of Combat Conditioning. We worked on improving speed and power as well as the underlying fitness needed to execute jabs, lead leg teeps and double-leg takedowns – all lead side techniques.   The lesson began with a series of callisthenic/mobility exercises focusing on combative movement. We then looked at the jab from both stances. In order get maximum movement, flexibility and to keep the lead […]

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Muay Thai Kicking Fundamentals Continues (diary entry)

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12.02.19   Tonight my client reached the second hour his 10 hour course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Part of his course includes improving all round flexibility. Our warm consisted of several ballistic exercises and hip-opening movements. I did my best to work in some time management technique relevance. Standing leg raises were done off a Muay Thai stance and guard. Squats were done whilst throwing punches. I also included the wrestling exercise of Indian press-ups, […]

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FMA Concepts and Research (diary entry)

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09.02.19   The first of this morning’s lessons was a special two-hour lesson. This brought my client up to the 8 hour point of this 10 hour course in Martial Arts Cross Training. We are using Southeast Asian weapon concepts to develop attributes for Mixed Martial Arts and unarmed Self-Defence training. Previously we have been mainly looking at the use of angled strikes and also footwork. This lesson looked more at transitioning through postures via stick-work and trapping principles.   […]

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Transitioing from Western Boxing to Muay Thai (diary entry)

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07.02.19   Tonight my client began his new and first course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Having just completed the Western Boxing course two days ago, his goal is to be competent in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. We looked at how Muay Thai resembles certain aspects of Western Boxing and yet differs from them in many ways.   Besides all the obvious elements found in Muay Thai such as the inclusion of kicks, knee strikes, […]

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Aggressive Fence & Other Recovery Tools (diary entry)

Angry fence to make space (a)

23.01.19   The second lesson in Kingham Hill’s Spring Term course on Self-Defence revised the fence, looked at an aggressive recovery version of the fence and the cover to regain striking before moving onto some Muay Thai cross-training.   The class warmed up with transitioning through postures. This was done reinforce moving fluidly from different compromised positions to standing and also adopt strong, stable fighting postures. I encouraged active engagement of the core muscles, retaining a straight back, not putting […]

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More Elbows (diary entry)

inside elbow to pads

16.01.19 Tonight’s double lesson – one junior, one senior – continued to look at elbow strikes. The junior lesson concentrated on their place in Muay Thai and also introduced the clinch. The senior lesson concentrated on cross-training in general and dealt with various ranges and disciplines from weapons to MMA ground-work. The junior lesson began with a quick revision of punch/kick combinations at different ranges. We tightened up the guard and balancing considerations. Then I introduced the switch-kick. The horizontal […]

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Enter the Elbows! (diary entry)

Cover Elbow (loose)

09.01.18   Tonight I taught a junior lesson in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training and a senior lesson in Martial Arts Cross Training. The Muay Thai class focused on developing the long guard and the use of elbow strikes. The senior class worked across self-protection, Filipino stick-work and Muay Thai elbow strikes.   The junior lesson began with a revision on the Dracula guard, a cover variation on the long guard. We drilled jabbing and jab/crossing with this […]

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