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19 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments

What Is The One Key Element a Champion Must Possess?

What Is The One Key Element a Champion Must Possess?

I’ve seen this debate pop up on numerous occasions with people always giving a great argument for their answer. Let’s take a quick look at the most common opinions and then I’ll let you know what I think. Skills: One that you may think every fighter needs is a good set of solid skills. However, […]

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29 Mar Posted by in Blog | Comments

Mission Accomplished: Muay Thai Grandprix 3

Mission Accomplished: Muay Thai Grandprix 3

It had been four years since I last laced up the gloves but the 26th March saw my long awaited return to the ring. A lot has happened to me in those four years with opening my own gym, buying my own home, welcoming my son into the world and teaching many seminars the world […]

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01 Dec Posted by in Blog, Modern Era, Videos | Comments

Should you fight Full Thai Rules from the start?

Should you fight Full Thai Rules from the start?

Another topic that constantly pops up in the UK Muay Thai community is if people should fight full Thai rules (FTR) from the start. I was at a show a couple of weekends ago with one of our fighters and I witnessed a sensational bout between two young lads. One was from Chris Knowles’s gym […]

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07 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments

Robin Van Roosmalen vs Sittichai Sitsongpeenon: Glory 25

Robin Van Roosmalen vs Sittichai Sitsongpeenon: Glory 25

Fight sports are always prone to bad decisions and this is definitely one in my opinion. Last night saw Robin Van Roosmalen defend his lightweight Glory title against the number 1 contender Sittichai Sitsongpeenong of Thailand. I won’t go in to it much but watch the fight and see who you think wins. Roosmalen: Black […]

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19 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments

An age old argument: Authentic Muay Thai vs Modified Muay Thai

An age old argument: Authentic Muay Thai vs Modified Muay Thai

Whenever there’s a big show in the UK the usual argument crops up on social media. I’ve actually seen this argument going back and fourth for over 20yrs with nothing ever being resolved. Both fractions still run consistently throughout the country with either side taking pop shots at each other when they aren’t happy about […]

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12 Oct Posted by in Blog, Documentaries, Videos | Comments

A fighter’s journey is never a straight forward one

A fighter’s journey is never a straight forward one

A fighter’s journey is never a straight forward one. Many, if not all of the greats have had to deal with tremendous ups and downs in their careers. It’s how they’ve dealt with these circumstances that makes them great. You may not have had what you feel is the perfect training camp. Work may have […]

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30 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments

Dealing with a loss.

Dealing with a loss.

I had a few of my junior fighters compete recently and for some of them it was their first fight. All had trained really hard and looked great in the gym, but when it came to the fight it just didn’t go their way. In any sport you’re going to have some ups and downs […]

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25 Mar Posted by in Blog, Documentaries, Videos | Comments

The Decline of Muay Thai by Samart Payakaroon.

The Decline of Muay Thai by Samart Payakaroon.

I stumbled on this fascinating interview off another great Muay Thai website called mymuaythai. The interview is with Muay Thai legend Samart Payakaroon as he goes in to how gambling is slowly killing the sport of Muay Thai in Thailand and the effect it’s having on the smaller camps. It’s interesting to see someone with such […]

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14 Feb Posted by in Blog | Comments

Pornsaneh vs Phet: Omnoi Stadium Title Defence 14.02.15

Pornsaneh vs Phet: Omnoi Stadium Title Defence 14.02.15

Pornsaneh is back to winning ways as he defends his Omnoi Stadium title belt….enjoy Pornsaneh: Red Shorts Phet: Blue Shorts

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13 Jan Posted by in Blog | Comments

Ever get the impression you wasn’t meant to do something? Pt Two

Ever get the impression you wasn’t meant to do something? Pt Two

I woke up the following morning with that same feeling of not wanting to go. Instead I just dragged myself out of bed and thought “I’ll deal with it”. Got to the airport with no problems, checked in, boarded the plane and off we went to Japan. 20 hours later and we arrived in Japan’s […]

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