Don't know about you guys but it's that bit more exciting when you see a fight with that old school fuzzy quality, anyway I've told you guys I'm loving elbows at the moment so enjoy this 👊🏾
Good morning, here's a nice clip of Palangpol Petchyindee (in the red) showing a youngster how it's done, believe or not the guy is about 30 years old, I remember seeing him train at Petcyhindee and thinking he was like 16, i swear the Thais don't age, his skill level is insane.
A little something for you peoplr to incorporate into your padwork, without realising depending on how much space you have you can end up being very stationary when doing padwork and although technique and power can be developed, in a real fight you're not going to be stationary, hitting a moving target and anticipating your opponents moves take it to a whole other level, this is a nice little drill which works on timing to slip and counter that jab at the same time, you can work on timing by varying speed at which your pad holder throws the jab. This takes pad holding that step closer to a fight situation more and reduces two movements to one. Make sure to practice everything you do on padwork in sparring because that's where it counts the most, skills like timing and balance cannot be shortcut, you gotta put in that work. Also remember there's more than one type of sparring you can mix it up, boxing sparring, kick sparring etc etc the possibilities are endless!
A beautiful little clip of two Golden Age Legends facing off with Wangchannoi knocking out Namkabaun in their first encounter, a part of me wishes I was born in this era, it's crazy how Muay Thai has developed over the years but a part of me definitely enjoys watching fights from back then more than modern day Muay Thai.
Kru Thailand Pinsinchai showing a naughty little clinch move, had the privilege of him taking me under his wing while I was at Santai and I look forward to being trained by him again in the future, in Chiang Mai I won't go anywhere else. Still need to try F.A. Group because they are the most famous clinching gym and who doesn't want to be a Muay Khao. Anyway no matter where you go building a good student trainer relationship is so important especially in terms of technique there's only so much you can learn from observing and to have a passionate trainer who's a perfectionist can be hard to come by in Thailand. Being treated as any 'farang' is not a nice feeling but at the same time all nak muays who are going to Thailand for the first time must understand that in some gyms especially really traditional ones you have to earn a trainers respect, they're not just going to show you all the tricks and techniques they've learned over the years if you're not serious and train hard.
@topicfight is going to be cutting down to 60kg to fight Superlek Kiatmoo9 in Feb. What a fight that's going to be, here's Ognjen working on his power on pads with simple jab right kick cross left kick, you know what they say, basics win the fight! 👊🏾
I'm loving elbows at the moment, it's a shame there's no elbows to the face until A-class in the UK, I swear one day I will be as confident as Muangthai going forward with his elbows, if you haven't heard of him or seen him, search him on YouTube asap, the guy is a beast, literally stalks his opponents down like a tiger with forward pressure and then BAM out of no where elbow knockout, you will not be disappointed!...just realised this is a beautiful counter to someone trying to enter the clinch with you because you never enter the clinch with two hands, so as soon as a clinch fighter puts their hand close enough BOOM uppercut elbow to the face 🤕
Phet-Tho, one of the Sitjaopho twins showing one of his students how to make it easier to turn your hips into your kicks whilst staying protected, you can never be too perfect at the basics but the Sitjaopho twins definitely come extremely close, search them on YouTube I swear you will not find more crisp and fluid padwork anywhere, it's f***ing beautiful, enjoy!
Never too old to learn, one of my favourite things and the reason I love Muay Thai is because as you get older and life's worries continue to increase your stress levels, it makes me feel like a kid again, my mind feels like a sponge that wants to soak up and perfect a long list of techniques and although perfection in this sport is practically impossible to achieve I personally will always enjoy trying to achieve the impossible.
Happy New Year, may put a couple of clips up today for you lot recovering from last nights shenanigans, here's a clip from last nights Kunlun Fight final Superbon vs Jomthong, you need to watch this fight!
Christmas period is over, back to the grind, here's a few ways to initiate the clinch, for me the key would definitely be to drill these out till you stop tensing up too much when going forward, if someone is punching the worst you can do is cover your eyes with your gloves, it leaves you in no position to counter and you will likely become a punching bag till you manage to back off, if you do find yourself in this situation try using the long guard keeping your chin tucked to prevent damage from punches and prepare for the uppercut because normally long guard leaves you a bit vulnerable to that punch but it can be anticipated, nevertheless try out a few things and see what works for you 👊🏾
#OnThe27thDayOfChristmas ... so we missed a post yesterday, too busy stuffing my face with leftover roast dinner but it's only right we make up for, enjoy this clip of Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai working on his boxing with Kru Dam, this guy is an example of how Thai fighters dominate in Glory along with Sittichai and the newly added Thongchai!
#MerryChristmas ... actually Merry Clinchmas is what we should be saying, this may be a time to relax but we're reminding each and every one of you DONT STOP CLINCHING, find your inner Petchboonchu and Yodwicha, may the technique be with you. This clip is a great example of skill and balance by Manasak Pinsinchai and Chuy wor.Santai. If you're new to clinching start off practicing drills with a partner and progress from there, it's so easy to rely on strength rather than technique if you feel like you're being out scored but take things slow, learn to relax but apply pressure when needed, you'll slowly become more in control of your body, Karuhat (golden era Muay Thai legend) says 'be like sand', something to think about....
#OnThe24thDayOfChristmas ... Merry Christmas Eve Mofos, bringing you Tetsuya Yamato, don't really need to say much more but mannnn that fluidity he has while shadowboxing is insane, those kicks 😍. ALSO... a BIG thank you to you guys and girls, we havent been running long but we've already hit 500 followers, obviously we're aiming to bring you the best clips but in the long run we've got some unique posts coming your way, we're not just gonna be another good clip reposting insta page, just wait 👊🏾
#OnThe22ndDayOfChristmas ... Thanks to Evolve for this clip of Penek Sitnumnoi and Sam-A with some beautiful technical sparring, hard sparring has its time and place but controlled technical sparring where you can develop your skill set in particularly timing is the way forward, brawling may be fun but being wild won't help you much at the higher levels, leave your ego at the door and stay humble.
#OnThe21stDayOfChristmas ... bringing you an example of beautiful timing with the teep, know your distance, perfect your timing, this one is directed for all you longer legged fighters out there, work on using your reach to your advantage, enjoy!
#OnThe20thDayOfChristmas ... we bring you a vicious little man who goes by the name of Satanmuanglek Numpontep, this guy is a savage and is knocking people out with elbows left right and centre, he fights at around 112lbs