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  1. 10 hours ago, MadelineGrace said:

    Wow! Impressive!

    I’m new to MT but I started yoga several times a week once I started Muay Thai 6 months ago to help with my flexibility! It does help.

    you can find yoga classes on line. Just a thought if you aren’t already trying to increase your flexibility. 

    Edited to add. I should clarify it doesn’t have to be ‘yoga’ - but just stretches that may or may not be a yoga pose....to help increase your hip flexibility in particular  

    Thanks Madeline, I did start doing flexibility exercises before and after each session. I tried Yoga, but it was way too quiet for me. 

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  2. Hey Xestaro! 

    I began Muay Thai, recently, so not super expert still, however I'm tall as well (1.86) so I have quite the same challenges. 

    My jab however is longer than my cross, as I don't over-extend the cross when punching it (unless I see a clear opening). 

    First thing to work on is footwork I think. Make sure you are slid on your feet when punching. Think of your body as a tree, if you are not well deep on earth, you won't grow your punches. So work on your footwork, don't concentrate too much on power yet, but more on matching your feet with your punches. 

    Second thing, make sure your elbow don't leave the axis of your body on your jab and cross. It has to be a very straight line. It works very well for me for both Jab and Cross when sparring, as I can land them quicker and more accurately. 

    Third thing, rotate your hips slightly on your jab, and much more on your cross. 

    Do a lot of shadowboxing to get the basics, then go on the bag but don't go full power. 

    Hope it helps! 

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  3. 18 hours ago, Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu said:

    Wonderful, welcome Nicolas! Hope you make your goal of 2021, but be sure to let us know how your training is going in these threads in the meantime and maybe some of the advice and posts here can help you plan your trip 🙂

    Thanks Sylvie will do! On Tuesday I'm passing the exam to get to the advanced class, two months after entering the academy, mostly thanks to your videos on how to improve the techniques. My biggest weakness are kicks though, I need that hips flexibility! 

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  4. I discovered Muay Thai about 4 years ago (I'm 29 now) but only really put myself into it 2 months ago, because I was scared of the risks, of the "Why da hell should I suffer so much if I can be in my sofa?". But now I am addicted to it. 

    For me, every 2 hour Muay Thai training session is a way to rediscover my body, my sensations, feel pain so I can feel good afterwards. It might sound very "spiritual" and bullshitty, but that's what it is. 

    When I practice Muay thai, do Sparring, I feel like I'm ressucitating. 

    I've always been looking for my "passion", after reading "The Monk who sold his Ferrari", and Muay Thai just might be it. 

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  5. On 5/10/2019 at 1:02 PM, T. Vitayanuvatti said:

    I’m 35 and I’m trying to retrain myself to fight but given my age and the amount of time I would need to properly prepare for a fight, I think my fighting days are over. I’m still going to train and spar but most Muay Thai fighters have long since retired by this age. I have the will to fight but are my fighting days over?

    I think Age, nowadays with diets and exercise and new technologies, is not a realy good metric anymore. I know guys in their 40s absolutely smashing it and guys in their 20s being in pain. Each body is different, each mind is different as well. If you take care of your body, train correctly, have a good lifestyle and diet, the only limitation is when your body says "Stop man, it's over". If you feel good, resistant, energetic, don't worry about age. 

    I began Muay Thai 3 months ago and I turned 29 last month. My goal is to have at least a professional fight in Thailand. So I might be old for competition standards, but if I want it, I'll deliver. 

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  6. On 8/18/2019 at 6:24 PM, MadelineGrace said:

    I should but I hate to call more attention to being the oddball /odd man out ( 5’2” 118 lb middle aged 😬 mom in a sea of males ) 

    That said, I’m not stupid so I’ll think it all over 👍

    Nothing bad about asking for some rest, especially if you are sore and feel pain. It is better to let go for some days while your neck fully recovers. 

    And I think it might be from the Pad Holding, especially for bigger/stronger partner. I had the same issue but in my lower back (I'm taller than the rest of my class, 6'1). As many said on this feed, try to stay relax when the kick is coming. If you hold the pad correctly, it might shake you a bit but it won't hurt you. 

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  7. Hi Guyver,

    The hard part is: Everybody is different, and reacts in a different way to critiques, criticism, commentary. 

    I think the threeoak point is very valid: Not everybody likes to receive commentary or criticism, so it is important to understand first if your partner is ok on that. 

    Also, a same approach to two different people can be taken very differently. For example, when I train, if my teacher tell me that one of my blow was "weak", or tell me "come on, I don't feel anything", it pushes me to improve and hit harder. However, some people might take it harshly on them and it might discourage them. 

    Training and coaching is I believe all about micromanaging. Knowing who you are talking to is key. And to understand that, you need to communicate. 

    Two of the best team sports coach who micromanage are Greg Popovich in NBA and Sir Alex Ferguson in Soccer. They knew exactly how to talk to each of their players to get the best out of them. 

    Communicate - Understand - Adjust 

  8. Hi Hanna,

    I think it is important to point out that the UFC is essentially a company, and its goal is to generate revenue. I've been a UFC fan for years but nowadays, it is all about money and promotion. The only fighter I follow is Francis Ngannou for his story. 

    Now, to get more into detail about your question on agressivness and style: Muay Thai, in my opinion, is agressive but in the dominant sense. It is a way to put pressure on your opponent and also get the narrative of the fight in your favour.

    However, in the UFC or MMA in general, fighters usually are much more agressive as the point system is totally different. Judges usually favour the one with more hits or more initiative. 

    I also think the UFC is much less respectfull than traditionnal Muay Thai fights, and all that may make it look like it is more violent. 

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