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Everything posted by bbf3

  1. Super Export Shop had pretty good prices and selection for Fairtex gear. I also got Fairtex shinguards from Muay Thai Mall for a decent price, and they seem to be the only store open on a Sunday (it's near Channel 7 Stadium too). If you're after a good Thai brand, Thai Smai has nice quality gloves in a wide range of colours. Also much cheaper than your usual Fairfax, Top King, etc Boon Sport Shop is also worth checking out. They are my favourite for shorts and shirts. I don't have any experience buying in bulk though. I would recommend contacting the store/s ahead of time as the multi-brand stores may not have everything you want in stock and they can give you prices over the phone.
  2. If you're training consistently, then the usual things like skipping, running/sprinting, kicking pads and bags, any other conditioning drills your trainer might get you to do (squats) should be enough. You will build strength overtime. Similar to picking up any other sport, just make sure you're getting more calories in to ensure you have enough energy and recover faster. Unless you have specific deficiencies, a well rounded diet (fruit&veg, protein, lots of carbs) containing wholesome foods should get you through.
  3. Have you gotten a scan done to check for fractures, etc? I've had achy and occasionally sharp sensations in the ribs from kicks but nothing that didn't go away in a week. Might be a good idea to tell your sparring partners not to kick you on that side, or if they do to just tap their kicks on your arms.
  4. It's hard to find out everything in the first session so I would recommend going for a full week or two before committing to any memberships. What's right for others may not be right for you. For me a good gym would be one which has active fighters at different levels (preferably has female fighters), has enough good padholders for people training for fights, encourages females and males to train together, and has sparring and/or clinching on most (if not all) days. If you are considering fighting anytime in the future, try to get an idea of what kind of opportunities would be available to you. At my gym we have days when we spar or clinch for most of the session..you definitely get a lot more out of those days than when we try to fit everything in and only have time to spar/clinch for a couple of rounds. But I would expect conditioning drills, 3-5 rounds pad work, and some technique instruction most days of the week.
  5. Channel 7 stadium in Bangkok on Sunday afternoons is free and has an excellent atmosphere, but try to get there no later than 12:30-1pm to get a good seat. Rajadamnern and Lumpini are the two major stadiums in BKK, I believe they have fights on alternating nights but tickets aren't cheap. In Chiang Mai, I've only been to Thapae Stadium. You can watch female fights there just about every night.
  6. It may help to build confidence in your defensive techniques. Doing check drills (e.g Sylvie's 10 Minute Blockout video), practising a strong long guard/dracula guard/turtle guard, building core strength and awareness of your centre of gravity (so you don't get pushed around as easily), and practising stepping to the side of your opponent when they come forward at you. Some of these things will come more naturally to you than others, so you could just work on reinforcing those first. Make a mental note before each sparring round to not go backwards. Block - counter right away - push forward/strike first
  7. The Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis Gloves have really good protection for small wrists due to the double wrist straps. I have the 10oz and weigh under 50kg. The outer material is also extremely durable and after almost everyday use for the past 1.5 years (I use them for pads, bags and sparring), there are barely any signs of wear and tear. They were quite expensive though so the above options may be more suitable depending on your budget.
  8. Love reading about your journey, Kevin. You really capture that "everything is amazing but SO hard" feeling you get when you start muay thai, learn something new or when you work with a new padholder who challenges you.
  9. I alternate between running and swimming before training, as well as sprints after training, during a fight camp. My cardio has been pretty good in my last few fights compared to my first few fights; however, I believe that's not only due to improved cardio but, largely, better composure, more efficient technique, and greater awareness of when to strike vs when not to. My most recent fight last week I remember going back to the corner after the rounds 1+2 and barely breathing..compared to my first 3-4 fights when I was breathing heavily after the first round. I imagine running and training twice per day would lead to even better endurance (provided I can sleep in between training sessions :teehee:). However, I am quite thin already and wonder how that would impact muscle mass. I have lost about 1-2kg of muscle this year as I have been continuously training for fights since February, despite eating pretty much whatever I want, and I generally fight people up to 5kg heavier. Anyway, that may be a topic for another thread.
  10. I train 6 days a week for fights and the body surprisingly adapts to it after a couple of weeks (of course some days are really rough). I've just come off a fight and am taking a break but I'm finding it's almost harder to cut the training down to 3 days a week. Don't know if that's because the body shuts down in between the training days so it's harder to get it going again. With all that said, I am yet to train 6 times a week twice a day but I plan to when I go to Thailand later this year.
  11. While I can understand that the nak muay life in Thailand is not as glamorous as it may initially seem, I agree that he goes too far in his generalisations. I guess he has a lot of built up frustration and is using his experiences to make sense of what happened to Jordan.
  12. Came across this blog written by Craig Dickson, a Scottish muay thai fighter at Sumalee Boxing Gym in Phuket and also friend of Jordan Coe. In his latest post, he reflects on the death of his friend and, along with it, the death of any trust he had left for Thais. Any trust which may have remained for Thais died with Jordan Coe. Until Jordan’s death, in my mind, the constant deceit, the malice, was a reaction to my own character. My fault, no doubt. Culture gap, lack of understanding. However, no matter the lengths we go to to integrate into this pretty sordid society, we are met with disappointment and failure. https://muaythaiadventurer.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/fallout
  13. I have less than 10 fights so I still haven't found my style. When I started fighting about a year ago I just kicked a lot, but in my last few fights I have felt stronger in the clinch and found knees to be more effective. In my next handful of fights I would really like to develop my confidence in the ring so that I can display a stronger style as opposed to my current position of different styles for every fight..which I know is probably normal for an amateur but feels messy to me.
  14. I've had a couple of mild concussions from sparring before - one from a straight punch and the other from a palm strike. I would say it took around 3-5 days before I no longer experienced lightheadedness/dizziness. I've never really taken time off from a concussion because they happened during fight training but I think I would've benefited from at least the next day off. But I always made a point to not take any shots to the head in sparring and avoid anything that might shake the head around too much (jumping up and down, burpees, etc) for the next couple of weeks afterwards. I am now very wary of hard sparring 1-2 weeks out from a fight.
  15. I totally forgot about these but it was good to see what my goals were and realise that some progress was made.
  16. Hey everyone, I've been training for a fight for 3-4 weeks now (fight is still a week away) and noticed every time I train for a fight I seem to "peak" in my training a couple of weeks out and after that I enter this huge slump for several days. Currently in that slump now and it seems the basic things are way more difficult than they should be, even stuff like skipping or light sparring. Is this normal for you guys that fight and if not, how do you sustain peak performance?
  17. Paying around $150 a month for unlimited muay thai sessions, no lock-in contracts or joining fees and you have the ability to pause payments if you're going to be away. There are 7 MT sessions available in a week, made up of a mix of morning, weekend but mostly evening training. Majority of sessions 1.5 hours long so probably works out to be around $10 a session for me. I'm sure there are cheaper options available but the timetable flexibility, longer sessions and location work best for me.
  18. I usually start to cut about 5 days out. I begin by reducing carbs and salt, still eating a bit of rice or oats once a day. I will completely cut carbs and salt 2-3 days out, eating mostly green vegies, small amount of fruits (berries) and a bit of protein (nuts, organic peanut butter). I will also continue to train hard until 3 days out, last day of training is a struggle as I have reduced carb intake. On the day before weigh in, my last meal (last time I did this it was celery with peanut butter) will be around lunchtime and I will only drink when necessary. On the day of weigh in, I will not eat at all and will only have a couple of tiny sips of water early in the day. I lose about 2.5 kilos this way, but I am a few kilos lighter than you so you may lose more. As you are 8 weeks away, at this stage I would highly recommend eating plenty as I assume you will be gradually training harder as you get closer to your fight. It's fine if you want to cut junk/processed food completely, but eat plenty of complex carbs, proteins, fruit and veg as your body and mind will need it during your fight camp.
  19. Not long ago, my coach made us do something called 20-20-20. It's kinda like a pyramid drill but there are 3 rounds. It will take around 20 minutes or more. Good to do once in a while for building endurance (physical and mental :sweat:). 20 punches, 20 kicks each side, 20 knees each side, then 18, 16, etc...down to 2. Then all the way up to 20. Then all the way back down to 2. Otherwise, I just do normal bag rounds..focusing on movement and trying out different combinations that I make up on the spot. And skipping knees while turning the bag and kneeing the same spot is a good clinch drill.
  20. Am excited to see Loma's coming down to Australia to fight on Caley and Darren Reece's show. Unfortunately it'll be on the other side of the country for me and doesn't look like it's being streamed.
  21. I've had around the same amount of ring experience as you and know what you mean about the first round.. nothing like a good beating in the first to get you into gear for the second :wacko: . This happened in my last fight, which I lost to a split decision. Leading up to the fight I remember I overhyped my opponent in my head as I had seen some training videos of her before and this weighed on my confidence. The fight before that one, I was confident about beating my opponent before even stepping in the ring and didn't have as much trouble getting going in the first round. So I suppose there is a mental aspect to it which I'm still figuring out, but I believe fight experience is a big factor. Maybe I need to somehow train my brain to think that fighting is not that much different from the sparring I do in training. Looking forward to hearing others' thoughts.
  22. Most muay thai gyms I know of don't do grading and the gyms that do grading are generally ridiculed or looked down upon, especially by the more "traditional" muay thai gyms. That said, there is a prominent gym in my city which has produced many fighters and I know they have some kind of grading system. Although I'm not sure how strict they are with it, or if it only applies to beginners. Before I started muay thai I did fitness kickboxing at a karate-focused gym and they made us do gradings (which we had to pay for) even though we never learnt how to fight...go figure.
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