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  2. I had used setting intentions to get more aggressive in sparring before. I did it mostly during fight camp because aggression is important for scoring in North America. One of my intention was "to override" as in to override the opponent's intentions. I felt more comfortable with this than say, "I'm gonna knock this person out", which is not consistent with my own temperament. Maybe rephrasing your intention could help you progress. Instead of "I need to hit hard and hurt them", go with something like "I'm gonna match their energy for this round".
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  4. Anyone been to Luktupfah Gym recently ? what’s the training like, is it busy/ how westernised is it ?
  5. Onyx brings Thai trainers over from Thailand and their managers/operators have experience training and fighting in Thailand, so their style is based in those experiences. I don't know what their day-to-day training looks like, but their technique and focus is based in Thai gym training experience.
  6. Also technically, it helps to push back at the point of impact. It helps you keep from getting mowed over or your elbow and shoulder wrenched and it puts resistance to the fighter. Relax in between combos and inbetween blows. It takes years to get proficient at it but doing 10/15 rounds 4 days a week, you got to learn how to survive. One good thing is I developed forearms like popey and my wrist bomes literally grew over an inch over the years. Shows you the impact and how your body adapts. Also for trainers, don't just go up and down a line. Pair people of same size and hopefully skill together. I wrote a small book on how to teach MMA and have a big section on teaching 'striking'. I won't promote it yest because I don't want to think I'm here to hock my wares. I googled best muay thai forums on the internet and this came up. MMA is king but when you go there and people are so ignorant they say 'when you throw a Thai kick' they mean a leg kick' or his Thai is good, it's time to move on because it's like saying his Brazilian is good. simply no knowledge of the subject.
  7. In gyms in the US it's hard because you have to switch. I had a small gym, so I held pads for 7 years with 4 fighters. all above 70 kilos, one 200 pounds of molten muscle who competed in the UFC 2x and all over the world. I'm going to tell you, I was in my 30's when I took to training full time and those years too Years off my elbows and shoulders. My elbows especially. If I had smaller guys, mai pen rai. I'm pround/ humble to say I was the best thai pad holder in the region. People used to come to me to get pad work done. I had numerous Thais and other known fighters look at us training and say, you pad holding good. You train in thailand? That felt good and validating but it didn't come overnight, nor did I want to be one. An injury sidelined me after only 13 fights. Yes I did train in Thailand for 2 months. Not much but enough to learn some fundamentals especially how they hold pads. 7 years of imitating the best in the world hurt me physically but eye wise, I could see things coming from a mile away, the only problem is when I had a couple of fights, I fought like a pad holder. My defense was impeccable but my offense, well, lost me those fights. Unless you are a fighter, you should be gentle with smaller people. You aren't winning any fights just training. work your form and don't be a jerk. If you are a trainer and have fighters you should be holding pads for them. They shouldn't be holding pads while training for a fight much if at all. If you are a small guy, just tell the person, you are killing me, can you go lighter and you work some defense. Everyone gets the deer in the scope look and attitude when they see a bag or pad. If you want to go hard and no one is available to meet your needs, there is nothing better than a heavy bag that swings and there are plenty of tools out there for boxers to work with. Oh and for positioning the pads, there are plenty of youtube videos to help with pad holding and combos. hundreds of thhem. Everyone wants to get 5 rounds with the pad man. He can't do it all in the west. If you want a full time pad holder, join a gym, become a top fighter or go to thailand or get privates. It's just our reality. Karuhat in the free videos online didn't hold pads but worked on movement. Unique for a thai trainer, I'd guess. Very effective in a private session. You can't expect that in the west. In BJJ it seems like everyone wants to be a 'teacher' because it confers rank or seniority. It is becoming a TMA mentality except for heavy competitors or MMA fighters. Pad holding for me was like a sculptor with a hammer and chisel to craft the statue I envisioned. But I was limited in my time.
  8. Just adding Samson sessions 3 and 4 https://www.patreon.com/posts/116-samson-isaan-61012013 https://www.patreon.com/posts/123-samson-isaan-68082628
  9. I was kind of like you. I trained for 4 years before I had my first kickboxing fight. No knees, just leg kicks and boxing. I never pulled out of something I decided to do but I was very fearful of competing. All the people, the lack of self confidence and the freedom of not having to worry about committment. I loved training but Prepping for a fight? whole different thing. By nature, fighting is a self absorbed sport. You have to ask yourself, do I really want to do this? or do I want to get to a place where I DO want to do this and be like the other guys who seem on a different wave length and level. Am I afraid of it all? Till your answer is YES, I want to fight more than anything else you shouldn't worry about it. The more you train and spar, the more confidence you will ahve. Age is going to catch up to you. IMO you either want it or you just enjoy training. Some people know from the beginning they want it and others just enjoy training. There is ZERO shame in accepting which person you are because we all have situations in our life that affect our desire to fight. Family, work, etc. If it's fear, I used to tell my fighters, You need to accept fear of losing from the start of your preparation and allow yourself to concentrate on the feeling of fear, the embarassment including what others would think of you etc. what would happen in your mind and if you would continue. Absorb these possibilities in your truest feelings, then bury them and train like hell with the attitude that you do not fear the outcome and really love the training and the fight is the reward. Winning is the bonus.The test. You can't get over the fear of something till you do it. You will find the more you do something, the less you fear it. I got to the point in the ring where I did not fear the result, only performing under my ability. One of my fighters fought Anderson Silva for the Cage Rage world title. Curtis Stout. it's on youtube. One of the fights we had in cage rage, he told me, now I know what it's like to fear winning. There is also a fear of winning because then expectations come, especially if you do very well. You need to decide if you want it and deal with all the possibilities, then bury them. If you just want to train, do that. Some of the best pad holders are never fighters. Some of the best fighters are horrible teachers. It's gifted to be a great fighter and teacher. I hope that helps.
  10. It seems unrealistic to look for gyms like there were 30 years ago, and Jocky was pretty unique even in its day. Most likely it would be best to just find someone you would like to train with or under, and take privates from them. Samart has his own gym in Bangkok (in the north of it) and I believe he teaches privates there: https://web.facebook.com/samartpayakaroongym
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  12. Do you have any recommendations for femeu style gyms like the old Jockygym that I can go to and fight for (big emphasis on training fighters, preferably Thai heavy). There are lots of khao and clinch heavy gyms but I am a fan of the old style (Pudpadnoi, Samart, Oley, Somrak) and preserving my neurons.
  13. Wow. I never have seen fights in thailand in real life, neither have I seen how intense the gambling community looks. I'm sure it is not the same for every stadium (I might be wrong because these are all assumptions) but I'm just so shocked by this eruption. And there should be no influence from gambling in my opinion on the decision, that saddens me.
  14. I'd consider going to Thailand Pinsinchai's gym in Chiang Mai, and taking privates from him as well. He's very technical, an excellent instructor, and the gym itself is a living family run gym with Thai fighters. The gym's FB page is here: https://web.facebook.com/Sit-Thailand-Muay-Thai-Gym-106840670828643 You can see two privates with him in the Muay Thai Library, just to get the sense of his teaching style. It strikes me as the perfect balance between authentic gym and lots of technical instruction (if you take privates from him).
  15. Hi everyone Not posted here before but had a read and there are some great topics. I just wanted to post looking for gym recommendations that concentrate more on teaching and development. I've been training martial arts at a good level for over 10 years and been training in Amsterdam several times which has been a good experience. I was looking at going to Thailand either later this year or next year to train for a month. I was wondering if anyone has experience with any gyms that concentrate more on technique or teaching in general? I pretty much want to train as much as I can and get as good as possible and keen to privates too. Not too bothered on where I end up but was thinking Bangkok as there are just more gyms there. The only thing that made me apprehensive is that I've known lots of people go to Thailand for quite long periods and not really come back any better. Thanks
  16. I originally went at 22 and my parents were the same. Their only reaction when I told them my plans were "well, we can't stop you from going". They're going to worry no matter what, I don't think anything you could say would stop them. That's what parents do, I guess! Maybe just send them as much information as you can about the gym/area you're going to (posts, photos, reviews from others who've trained there), so they can at least visualize where you'll be instead of conjuring up some wild scenarious in their heads. Enjoy your month in Thailand, you'll have a great time!
  17. Yes, sadly the Bangkok location is closed now. This place (now called Looknongsaeng - but I don't know the specifics of the name change, @LengLeng?) looks like a decent gym and I've been thinking about checking it out myself. Here's the website: https://looknongsaeng.weebly.com/ And the gym's IG profile: https://www.instagram.com/looknongsaengmuaythai/ It's in Bearing, which is technically in Samut Prakarn but it's very easy to get in and out of the city via BTS (you just have to take a quick motorbike taxi to the station). I lived in this area for almost 5 years and would say that if you want to be able to focus on training while still having access to the city, it might be good. But if you want to be right in the middle of things, maybe not ideal.
  18. Last night at the Petchyindee show at Rajadamnern Stadium there was a disagreement about the outcome of one of the main events and this happened: https://fb.watch/dHq7PRppGW/ Gamblers stormed the ring and the man waving his arms around trying to get the crowd more riled is known as Hia Dtee (in this case the "hia" part means an uncle, but it's often changed in comments to be spelled like a swear word). He's a major player and is associated with TDet99, which is a group of fighters that are managed separately but train out of Petchyindee. Sia Boat, the head of Petchyindee (the "sia" here also means a ruch uncle in Chinese dialect) has struggled with his fits at his shows many times. Petchyindee just announced they will be adding another show on Monday nights, making them the most frequent promotion around with 3 shows per week (Mon, Thurs, Fri) at 2 dofferent stadia. After last night's erruotion, Rajadamnern announced that Hia Dtee and 2 other gamblers are banned from entering the stadium, at all, indefinitely. Petchyindee's Monday show is at Rangsit, so we'll see if the ban carries over or if it comes dorectly from the stadium. (Hia Dtee in yellow, Pern and Lek flanking) there is a general consensus that gamblers and gambling is out of control with their influence over decisions. Gamblers think referees and judges are corrupt and fighters are lazy. Arguments over decisions are as frequent as there are promotions, every single one has SOME online debate raging for a day or two after. Promoters are tired, fans are always complaining, and Lumpinee banned ALL gambling when they reopened their doors after Covid closures (the stadium is more or less dead as a result of that and a few other factors). Raja banning individual gamblers is a better move than attemtping to ban all gambling, but these are also heavy hitters... the state of Muay Thai in Bangkok is complicated and this is today's hot issue. Yesterday was Mathias's dad being an ass, tomorrow will be whatever happens tonight.
  19. You're from Glasgow. Tell your parents you're far more likely to get into trouble on a Saturday night out in Glasgow than you are in Thailand. Thailand's a safe country to travel, I've never felt threatened anywhere there all the times I've been. The rare occasions I have witnessed or heard about any trouble, it was almost always a westerner acting like an absolute dick head that caused it. As long as you're respectful and friendly to people, you'll be fine.
  20. I’m going to Thailand for a month to train and parents are shitting them selves. Says im too young and it’s dangerous. Anyone know how to stop them worrying?
  21. When I compare the difficulty of different combat sports, I usually do so from the standpoint of competition. Beginners, on the other hand, may have a very different experience. Cardio kickboxing classes, for example, differ significantly from traditional kickboxing sessions in that they combine a fast-paced cardio workout with kickboxing techniques. Their mission is to assist people lose weight or be in better condition by engaging them in activities that are more enjoyable than a typical fitness facility routine. Full contact sparring is not used, and the emphasis is on endurance rather than technique. In traditional kickboxing classes, technique accounts for 70-80% of the training (drills; sparring) and 20-30% of the conditioning (rope jumping, push-ups; running, etc). Because conditioning is the main focus of the workouts in cardio-kickboxing courses, that ratio is roughly 50/50 or even 60 percent conditioning. So, in terms of endurance, cardio, and other factors, cardio kickboxing workouts can be more difficult when you are just getting started. However, traditional kickboxing programs demand a lot of skill, which can be difficult to acquire, especially if you don't have any experience with other striking martial arts. Your fists will feel strange, your kicks will feel weak and slow, and you won't be able to throw high kicks at first, and even when you kick, your shins will hurt. That is, however, entirely typical. Before you can start punching and kicking correctly, you'll need hours of shadowboxing and heavy bag work. Sparring is another difficult component of your kickboxing workout.
  22. Oh that's too bad, did not know.
  23. Sadly Attachai is no longer in BKK. According to @emma's facebook post they are setting up a new gym in Ayutthaya https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=611345137083522&set=a.289400305944675 Their facebook page is still up. Last post was in March so not sure how active it is. https://www.facebook.com/ATTACHAIMUAYTHAIGYM
  24. Oh and at Hongthong, the morning session are very quiet. At least when I was there. I was usually alone or with one or two other guys. So you basically get a private for "free". But maybe no sparring or clinching depending.
  25. Don't know Santai but I've been at Hongthong recently for a month and it's a great gym. It was pretty quiet when I was there, and I think it's busier now, so the attention you get might be a bit different. When I was there, there was 3 women regularly training. Never heard anything bad from anyone there and the group of regular falang fighters there are really good guys, not macho and very respectfull. One of the pad trainer is a little flirty but I haven't seen him do anything innapropriate or even flirt without reciprocity. I would say for sparring and clinching in some gym you just have to impose yourself. Sometimes they don't know and they assume you don't want to or something. So when they say clinching clinching and sparring sparring, just go in the ring. Don't wait for them to take you by the hand or look at you. If they say no, ask why. In the end, you're paying. I would say for attention. In my experience, like any other think in life, the front runners always get the most attention. After the talented, then the hard workers. So, I would suggest, don't cut corners when they say do a 100 of this or 200 of that. Always do little more if you can and push yourself as much as you can and they will see it after a few days, and they will give you the attention you deserve. If you want to go on the Islands, Yodyut in Ko Samui is great too.
  26. Yes, in Muay Thai you can def. press your head against your opponent, no problem here. Of course you can't head butt like in Letwei, but you can def. get that position and crush the face. You can also put your hand on the face blocking the airway and pushing on the jaw etc.
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