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Coach James Poidog

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  1. 2 hours ago, Bad Seed said:

    I think its a numbers thing, there seems to be BJJ gyms all over the place so its super accessible. Also when I talk to casual fight fans about Muay Thai I usually get the response "ya its so brutal all the elbows and leg kicks and blood wow" so not surprised some shy away from it. Another common response: 



    Yeah agreed. A lot of misconception on out sport by the casual fan. Btw, funny meme. Gonna steal and post. Can I have your ig to tag? No worries if not. 

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  2. 3 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Actually, come to think of it, anybody else notice how so many BJJ people have technical or computer day jobs? Bet that's why they have more memes. 

    Plus there's more of them than ppl who go to Thai gyms. Dunno about America, but it feels like there are Gracie Bara gyms all over the place nowadays.

    I wouldnt be surprised. Gives them more time to make memes to I think lol. 

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  3. 4 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Don't know how to edit the pics to put the funny text underneath...  this done on a phone app or from the computer?

    Well. Day 1 of your face when your trainer shows you how to clinch and you got no idea what you doing, and you're about to be rag-dolled again.


    Theres different apps that you can use to make memes with. I use one called meme generator. 

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  4. So a friend who's the head coach at Level Up Boxing in Maryland was recently challenged about how muay Thai memes in general fall behind bjj memes in humor as well as amount. Theres a few of us who make them but the amount is definitely less than the bjj community. Call this a call to arms if you will. Lets show them we have a good sense of humor too. Heres a couple Ive done, with one being shared by multiple muay Thai fan accounts. Add your instagram handle and if it makes me or a bunch of others laugh, Ill gladly repost and tag you in it. Btw my ig is poidog1 and most of my memes have the @pdmt on them.




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  5. 4 hours ago, Jeremy Stewart said:

    I use pad holding as an aid to teaching visual cues. Everyone should learn pad holding, I reckon. At some stage that is.

    This is big to me. You have to teach them the how and why though, like Tyler said. Once you do, its not long before they get good at it and only a little longer than that til the benefits of it manifests in their drilling and sparring. I usually start by pairing an experienced person with a beginner. The experienced one holds first and gives reasons for why they do what they do, then the beginner gets to hold for the experienced. Can be a lesson in patience for the experienced student.  

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  6. 8 minutes ago, Tyler Byers said:

    This is something I feel more people should be teaching in general. I haven't been training that long, but haven't seen hardly any coaches talking about fight theory or strategy (what queues to look for when an opponent is about to use a specific technique, or how to manage fighters with different styles) with their fighters the way I think they should. It's largely left to the fighter to kind of figure out alone later down the road. 

    I cant speak to other coaches (except the ones I know well) but for me its an essential part of the art. Disrupting balance is huge not just for the scoring in competition but for generally taking control of the fight. Being able to see it is a skill that can be taught. I have a fighter whos become scary with it. Lets just say, sparring with him has become a pain in the ass. He doesnt even need to hit hard, he just times your weight shifts and tags you as you do. The time spent trying to recover the balance is time away from countering and attacking. It just gives him so much momentum to keep steamrolling who ever hes playing with. He used it his last fight against an opponent who had a size advantage. The coaches I know, who belong to a group we are all affiliated with do a lot of this work too. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, Tyler Byers said:

    I really like this philosophy. It's amazing how much more damage you can do by getting someone's weight loaded or getting them off balance. Good stuff!

    Thanks, brother. Its a good system in that it works really well in fights for my guys. I number code a short punch to kick combo and have them drill it repeatedly til they can do it without thinking either from hearing me call it out or from visual cues from their opponent. Example is the lead hook to low kick to the front leg is a 3k. We even do variations on the low kick to front leg, like a probe vs heavy to test their balance and responses (do they check or just eat and try and fire). It gives a better understanding on their opponent to work from. Theres ones for far leg attack as well. 

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  8. On 6/25/2019 at 1:44 PM, guyver4 said:

    I have a special place in my heart for a long hook into low/quad kick.

    Always puts a smile on my face, even if I'm on the recieving end 😉

    One of my favorite low kick set ups as well. If done with perfect timing, its hard to stop. I also like a long lead arm uppercut to low kick as well. Either you tip their chin up so they dont see the low kick or they try and block by shelling and going heavy on their lead leg. I actually teach a system of punch set ups to low kicks each with the idea that the punches move the weight of the person firmly onto the leg you want to kick. The punches can even be more like hard slaps just for that effect. 

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  9. 12 minutes ago, Tyler Byers said:

    I forgot about Kru Dam, he's one of the best in the business. Hahaha I actually specifically avoided fighting Pond last year at Max because I didn't want to get leg kicked to death again (I got leg kicked to death about 4 months prior to that and still have scar tissue leftover in my leg from last February lol). That whole camp has nasty leg kicks thanks to Kru Dam!

    Yeah they are definitely known for it and some of the best in the business. I also feel you about the scar tissue in the leg from low kicks. The worst. 

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  10. 23 hours ago, Tyler Byers said:

    ^^^ This is actually very similar to how Dedduang throws his leg kick as well. He puts the rear shoulder over the front leg a little more I think (maybe it is this angle though) and it makes an excellent chopping motion that really sucks to get kicked by. 

    Kru Dam from Sitmonchai also has a similar way of throwing and teaching his low kick. I could be wrong but I thought he was in the library too, showing this very thing. If not, you can find him on social media demonstrating it.  

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  11. 23 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Yeah exactly, we all seen examples of the party hard dude that doesn't have it affect his conditioning at all, it's genetically freaky shit. Gotta admit, never seen the other one unfortunately. Like, the guy who comes in and says he's been in tonnes of street fights right off the bat. Always figured that happened in movies or Instagram memes but didn't know it's actually a regular real life thing.

    I dont see it often but every gym had at least one. I worked at Tapout in Los Angeles and that place saw more than its fair share lol.

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  12. 6 hours ago, Kuke said:

    There's actually a "street fighter" who just started at my gym. He's really pretty humble, and seems like a nice guy. His technique is terrible and his overall athletic ability seems low. He's very quick to bring up his street fighting though. No stories, just likes to mention it. He still manages to do so in a humble way though. "This is all very new to me. I've only ever been a street fighter, so it's going to take me a bit to learn."

    And see Im not anti these types either. I really dont care their past, its their "present" Im concerned with. I tell new students to not just empty their cup but put what they already know in a metaphorical mason jar and put it away for later. Fill a new cup with the new info and just add it to their experience. I dont want to take from them, only add. Guys like this, I have a chance at that. Guys like this are in some ways better than the raw new student as they have enough experience that they can know that they dont know and work to fix it.  

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  13. 10 hours ago, Jeremy Stewart said:

    I usually pander to their egos and say something like, look I know you can fight but let's sharpen you up a bit. Some stay but most go. I've rarely had someone who reckons they can fight have the one thing that I look for balance. It doesn't matter how ugly your style is, if you have balance you got it made.

    Yeah I can work with balance if their ego isnt too huge. 

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  14. 16 hours ago, SPACEDOODLE said:

    Oh and, does it really matter if one is being genuine or not while in the ring? My knee-jerk response is yes. However, perhaps fighting is one realm in which being genuine/disingeuous doesn't really matter?

    I think where it does matter begins even before the ring. There are so many that end up missing weight or portray themselves a certain way on social media but dont seem to rise to that level prefight or during. I think a lot of that is the disconnect between their real selves and whatever personality they are as a "fighter". 

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  15. 3 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Only once but the dude didn't actually talk about it - you had to get to know him, but down the bar after a couple of drinks his stories came out... which were both shocking and hilarious - but also 100% true. Not a bullshitter at all.

    Fairly quiet guy in the gym actually, from Russia. Came up in sketchy places where these altercations weren't uncommon for young guys growing up. Extremely polite and courteous, with an understated cleverness to him, but also *really* fucking strong, *really* fucking athletic, and *really* fucking skilled.

    He'd be out getting trashed and high on god knows what every Friday night, then Saturday morning he rolls in to sparring session with no sleep, still wearing the same clothes, stinking of whiskey and ky jelly. Then kicks all our asses in sparring. Half way through training we're looking around wondering where he is, and it turns out he snuck outside for a cigarette break.

    Got curious so asked him once about Russian athletes and what made them so successful in so many sports, expecting more street fight stories or something. He just said one word in his usual stoic demeanour. "Attitude". 

    Ive actually had a few of these as well. I dont usually put them in the same catagory mainly because they do have that politeness and willingness to learn. That whole party hard then come and kick ass attitude is almost mythic. Theres a fighter who now owns a gym in Thailand, Im sure Kevin knows who he is, Skarbowsky I believe, who was notorious for this. He was on the ultimate fighter, brought in as a special coach by GSP. He schooled the mma guys on the show even though he had known habits that were contrary to what an athlete are supposed to have. Real interesting cat if you guys wanna look him up. 

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  16. Yeah not the video game unfortunately, the usually douchey dude that comes to the gym for the free trial and wants it to continue because (gasp) he has so much experience in street scrap. Also usually, is exactly like the video meme. Curious as to whether this is only a thing in the west. I cant believe it only exists here, but I can believe it looks slightly different elsewhere. Its enough of a thing out here, that my peers both laugh and sigh at this meme. Sound off on any funny stories of your experiences.   

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  17. Sometimes it can just be repetitive stress on muscles and tendons unused to the strain. The thing that worked for me better than anything else was massage. I had tennis elbow and couldnt hold pads it was so bad. Had a small tear that had healed but left acar tissue. I had to massage and break up the scar tissue to get blood flow into the area to heal. It was almost like magic after about 6 months of no relief even with braces on. Deep tissue and circular motions to really break it up. Otherwise what Kevin said. Check how you do things to see if there are possible corrections to be made there.  

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