Friday, July 18, 2014

Blistered Knuckle Care. Part 2

In the 1st part of my Knuckle Care post I went over the use of super glue on a blistered knuckle. For this part I go over the fist guards.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teeps, an Underutilized Tool

In MMA, teeps and front kicks are completely underestimated. Are there any benefits to foot jabbing and can you really cause damage by teeping in an MMA fight? Also, wich targets to aim for that'll cause maximum damage.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Positioning of a Brawl. Sangmanee vs Tanonchai

Why is there no use of angles in Muay Thai or Kickboxing? 
Those are some of the most common questions I see on the sub forums in popular MMA message boards. The casual fan might think Muay Thai fighting or kickboxing are like a dick measuring contest, where fighters stand in place and trade shot for shot to see who will go down first. Muay thai isn't all about walking forward to your opponent and swinging for the fences.Well it sort of is but it's a little more complex than that sounds.

Monday, May 26, 2014

VIDEO: 1 Minute Motivation. Fight or Flight.

I was watching a bunch of fight videos on Youtube the other night. I came across Thepnimit's recent Raja fight from last month (April 9 2014). I saw it in person and man was it nuts! By far the best display of heart and power I've ever seen live. I decided to make a short motivational video out of it and if I get a good response from people, I will make it into a series. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How To Build Tiger Blood Confidence For Your 1st Fight.

Tiger blood. It keeps me warm.
I have to disagree with the phrase; "Fake it til you make it." I've seen people take that route and it lead them straight towards embarrassment and shortcomings. It might work great for that one pick up artist who wears big furry hats but, I would rather not lie to myself. Instead I recommend a realistic way for you to build your fight confidence. This method can be used by anyone regardless if you own a furry hat or not. If you're preparing for your first fight or have over 20 and want to pump your confidence with tiger blood, than this exercise is for you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lumphini Fight Reviews (Video)

Round two pit stop crew
On May 17, 2014 four boys from SitMonchai Gym fought in Lumphini stadium. Tia, Dton, Note and Kay. Tia and Note are both veterans of Lumphini stadium but this night Dton was making his Lumphini debut and SitMonchai's latest addition Kay was also making his SitMonchai Gym and Lumphini Stadium debut. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

How to Revamp Your Skills and Make Fight Training Fun.

Not the hair, not the hair! Damn, he's ruining it.
Training can become awfully boring! 
I understand the seriousness of training for a fight. The weight of your gym's reputation and your own head are hanging on the line. That stress of hard training can also leave you feeling flat, drained and lifeless. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Festival Fight With SuperStars, My Fight Recap + Highlight Video

On April 29 I lost on points. My opponent was a well known town hero who constantly fights on channel 3 and channel 7 stadium. He is known for beating his opponents with knees and well, that he did! 

Here's a thing about fighting in Thailand, not all matches will be even. I had a 7kg advantage he had a 200+ fights advantage, with over half of them in the big stadium (Raja,Lumphini,Omnoi, etc.). The Thais don't care so much about how much their opponents weigh. For them it's not about winning or losing, it's about displaying proper technique, having heart and showing a true fighters spirit.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Performance Statement

Relax. Explode. Relax. Explode. That's what I tell myself every time I wai in the corners when sealing the ring. The significance of  competing to me is a reflection of your personality, especially in that moment. In or out of the ring, I try to stay as relaxed as possible by focusing on being in the moment. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Head Kick KO and 13 Stitches for 13 Coins.

On March 31, 2014 I fought in Rajadamnern Stadium against a Lithuanian fighter. The program sheet had him named Hunter 13 Coins Gym. He was about a forehead shorter than me but built like a fire hydrant. He had muscles on top of muscles in places I didn't even know people can have muscles. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Engraving Methods: Finding Range With The Long Guard.

For this months Engraving Methods, I used a clip I took from "MR. Knockout" Thepnimit  vs DaoFai rematch fight at Channel 11 Stadium in Bangkok. In this episode I slowed down Thepnimits use of his long guard. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How To Deal With Backhanded Compliments.

About a month ago there was a foreigner in camp who constantly asked me the same questions. He was curious as to how long I was staying in Thailand and would ask me about 4 times a day. When I answer "indefinite" he would launch into a rant about how great it must be to be a full time athlete and have no responsibilities. He stressed the "no responsibilities" part. He was right that being a full time athlete is great but, he presumed that I have no responsibilities. Which I found pretty offensive and later realized it was a hidden insult. I let him get away with his pathetic spiel twice in the hopes that he got his point across and will now shut the fuck up about it. Nope, I was wrong.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cuts, Stitches & Scars.

I got cut in my last fight. 
Not a big one, just 4 stitches on my left eyebrow. The cut is literally on the eyebrow. A lot of people tell me that I’m lucky because of the location of the cut. This way, the scar won’t be quite so noticeable. Some of my fighter friends tell me I’m lucky because I got cut in a fight and they hope for scars one day too! I don’t think I’m lucky or unlucky. I don’t care very much about getting cut. It is part of life as a Muay Thai fighter and is bound to happen at some point, and usually more than once. It is a fact and one that I have accepted. The Thais are happy to show you their numerous scars from getting cut in fights. I am now officially part of the club. I think the worst part of getting cut is that you are then required to take extra time away from training and subsequently fighting because the cut must properly heal so that it does not cause problems in the future. That is definitely the worst part.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mr.Knockout Does It Again

Thepnimit Sitmonchai AKA "Mr. Knockout" unstables the highly rank  Ninsiam with body shots and leg kicks. Thepnimit in my opinion is pound for pound the most explosive and powerful fighter out of SitMonchai Gym (1). 

Friday, January 3, 2014

13 Life Lessons from 2013

2013 was one of those years in my life were I decided to eagerly make huge changes. As we crossed into the new year I like to look back and reflect on some life lessons I learned. Here are 13 Life Lessons from 2013.

1. Always Have a Plan B,C,D, & X,Y,Z
Life is full of other chances. You won't always get a 2nd chance shortly after the first failed attempt, but if we can manage to recognize when the opportunity is approaching we will be better equipped.

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