I apologise.

I’m sorry. I am in the process of making any of important changes to the website. All of which I am so excited to be telling you about…

It might mean that I end up moving everything from here to a new domain/host of the site but it is still in the making. This isn’t by any stretch of the imagination taking a back seat. Thus project is on the forefront of my mind at all times which is why I want it to be the best it possibly can!

Don’t forget I am using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as a means to keep you posted with lots of content but this page itself is going to be updated as and when I need to tell you about things.

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Is where you can continuously find me. This space will still exist, I will still be posting here, at least still for now. But it is just to let you know that MTBUK is developing and I want the best for everyone! Which means, while I get the space and content sorted.

Thanks for bearing with me and understanding.

Peace! Dom – MTBUK

Finally beginning to feel a difference!

I am really beginning to feel a progression in my training. I am getting to the point now where I feel comfortable with the basics of Muay Thai.

The stance, the teep, body kicks, leg kicks and my boxing are all areas I am beginning to a bit more feel confident. The hardest thing for me at the minute is thinking about what I am doing, keeping my composure and not flapping.

Calculating my movements, concentrating on my footwork, making sure the strikes I use are accurate and precise. This is something that I got told will come with time. Tom said something that I believe rings true but can’t happen.

I was talking to him about the sparring that we had been doing, he was doing awesome, with it being a K1 class we were working on combinations, Craig wasn’t fussed what combinations they were as long as they were over three strikes. We were in our partners going one for one but fast, as soon as one combo was finished the partner was getting their strikes in.

It was awesome! This is what has triggered me thinking about the precision and how important it is. After the class had finished we (me and tom)  were talking about the session and how he felt. He is quite critical of himself. I told him he needs to believe in himself more, he has talent, of which, with time will only get better and better. I had said something kind of like that, it takes time or something and he said in reply, but we all want it to happen overnight.

In some cases we do, it would be awesome if we could all become champions off one days training but then would that take away what it takes to get wherever it is you are wanting to go or do? The heart ache, the pain, the sheer punishment it takes to power through those horrific training sessions. That is what I love about Muay Thai.

You have to push yourself further than you ever thought you could. Be a person that goes beyond what you think your body is capable of. Finding something deep inside you to push yourself that extra bit further! I love it! I have thought about this a lot recently. How now I am training in Muay Thai, it influences my day to day choices. How I want to better myself and get to reach that goal whatever it may be!

I’m on a bit of a deep train of thought here, kind of getting carried away with my thinking but it’s true. How finding something that means a lot to you, family, friends or a hobby, how it adds value to everything else!

So all in all it has been a good Monday training session. Remember to head over to twitter, Facebook and instagram to keep up to date. I will hopefully be having a shift around of the website again this weekend to get it looking a bit more professional.

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Peace out for tonight! Dom – MTBUK!

It’s nearly been a week!

I know I have been pretty quiet this past week. It doesn’t mean that there has been a lack of action behind the scenes.

There has been so much going on that I am excited to tell you all about. First of all, it’s only two weeks away from the interclub!

For the people who don’t know what an interclub is, it is a non-competitive bout where each contestant is wearing shin pads and usually 16oz gloves, it can run for either five 90 second rounds or something that is suited to the experience of the fighter.

There isn’t a winner but it leans more towards a spar really with people from different gyms. I have done one before and it was such a buzz. I was up against someone who was much more experienced than me, he had been training for a lot longer than me and he also ran his own class in Sunderland.
We exchanged a few good shots, he hurt my front leg by using leg kicks but I like to think I was able to use the tips given by my corner to hurt him a little bit. I have since then been working on checking the leg kicks but it is still definitely a work in progress. I am by no stretch of the imagination perfect at checking leg kicks… Yet ;).

I am looking forward to this coming interclub because it is being put on by Bad Company Gym in Leeds. This gym is known in the UK for being one of the best gyms around. It is the first gym in England to be known as a Yokkao training facility. It has put out a number of world champions, two of which are fighting at the upcoming event in March.

So it should be a good experience going down there and having a spar with one of the lads from down there!

Next on the cards is the interviews I have lined up. I have contacted a number of people to ask them if they might be up for answering a few questions for the website. I am overwhelmed by the support the people I have contacted have given. I will tell you about two of the four people I have lined up.

One of them is Salah ‘the beast’  Khalifa, he is a two time world champion fighting and training other people in a gym in London. He has fought some of the best fighters in the world representing both the UK and Libya.

The other fighter that has agreed is called Iman ‘Pretty Killer’ Barlow. She too is someone who is massively talented! She has again fought some of the top names in the world of Muay Thai and is someone who I am really looking forward to being on here.

There are a couple of other names that a few of you may have heard of, one of them in particular being a world champion ten times and has fought the likes of Buakaw, Mike Zambidis, Yodsanklai Fairtex is someone I am hugely excited to be able to get the opportunity to ask a few questions.

The final bit of news is that I am definitely going to Yokkao in March! Me and my wife booked the hotel and are hopefully getting the tickets lined up this week. I can’t wait to go! Ever since I heard about it in was so excited to be able to have the opportunity to go!

There is going to be some of the biggest names in Muay Thai. Liam Harrison, Jordan Watson, Pakorn, Juan Cerventes, Sanny Dahlbeck and the list goes on! I am totally pumped for it!

Training tonight, I always look forward to Monday’s training, it is usually a K1 session which is awesome because it gives me chance to work more on my boxing but all the training sessions in the week are awesome! I will try to keep the site updated every few days and as it progresses I will set days in stone as to what I am updating the site with and what not.

Thanks in advance for reading. What this space for the interviews coming up! I will hopefully be getting some videos of the interclub so will be hopefully uploading some videos from that too.

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Dom –  MTBUK

Leaving the gym with a limp and a sore jaw… Today has been a good day!

When I booked my private with Craig, I knew I was in for a hard session and surely enough it lived up to my expectations. I started with a pretty standard warm up, on the ropes for about 10mins, then did some sit ups and some stretches, combined stretch, stretched the hamstrings on the ropes of the ring and a few more.

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When we got started he mentioned that I wasn’t using my right cross properly so he said that we would work some on that, he got me on the bag and then said that it looked okay so he wasn’t really to fussed about working on that for today. We then did a few rounds on the pads, working on finding my range and getting the smaller things tweaked. He said that my technique is really good, when I said that I thought that my boxing was my weakest area, he said he didn’t know why I thought that.

Any way so after the rounds on the bags he said that the only way to put into practice what he wanted me to work on, which was timing and getting to land punches in a fight sort of situation that the only thing to do was a bit of sparring. I remember the first time I sparred with Craig I totally shit my pants! I thought I had to get my game on, he said that we shouldn’t work on strength/power all he wanted me to work on was speed and accuracy of my shots.

So that’s what I did. We did 5 or 6 rounds or three minutes (I think) and it was fucking awesome! Getting the chance to spar with someone who is far far far more experienced than what I am, to the point where I could only aspire to be that good one day, I (without sounding as though I have a case of vaginitis going on) honoured to be able to do that. In-between rounds he would tell me what I need to do differently, the first round he told me that I needed to throw my right kick more often.

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So I did. he was getting through with straight jabs, which was really frustrating, that is what I need to work on. Defence. My striking is okay, something that with time will only get better. My defence is something that is lacking, I know this because I took enough shots to the face to think I don’t want that to happen again, but it did. So in my next private session that is what I think we will work on, he will like that, getting to punch me! Oh, totally unrelated to todays post, yesterday! I had left my gloves in the gym over the weekend and he has posted a picture of them on Facebook and said that however many likes this photo gets the owner of the gloves would get as many body shots.

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I had to take 150 body shots in yesterdays class. 150!! I mean come on!! So I know, from personal experience, that he enjoys punching people! It has nothing to do that he was a professional fighter or anything, just that he took so much pleasure in causing me a shit load of pain! But yeah, back to today. In the next private I need to work on defence but saying that, I think I did much better this time round than what I did the last time round. Which is something that I was pleasantly surprised with, I didn’t think that I had come on that much in the past two months or so.

I think with it being Christmas and me not being in the gym a great deal throughout December that it took me a lot longer to get back into the swing of things. Saying that, I feel I did today, the best I have ever done. So after trying through the five or six rounds to land the right leg kick, I managed to land one or two. Using the tips that Craig had given me throughout the session. Set it up with a one, two, hook or just step back and let them come forward and when they do, throw the kick! I hurt my, this is going to sound so pathetic, but I will run the risk, I hurt a toe on my right foot in one of the rounds so it was hurting throughout the final two rounds but I managed to power on through.

After the session he came to me and said that he was really impressed with what he had seen in the sparring. He said that it has been a while since he has been surprised and that I had surprised him! I mean, what!! He said that I need to stop fucking about and get the weight off me so i can begin to fight! He said that after today, I would  be more than welcome to join in with the advanced classes. Which before Christmas, we were told that it was only people who were either training for fights or had been training over a year or two and for him to say that I would be welcome in the advanced classes, I honestly felt really proud.

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I have only been training for seven months and to be asked to join the advanced class, I was more than happy to say yes! So after the private with him, he asked if I was staying for this session, it was an advanced class. I was tired, my toe was hurting and I wasn’t sure whether I was going to. His words were “Are you staying for this session because if you’re not, you can do some fitness.” I thought about it for a split second and said, fuck it. Why not. I just didn’t want to do the fucking fitness!!

In the advanced session we worked on moving around around our opponent and getting of the centre line and striking when we have got there. It was fun, it is something we have done a little bit in the beginners class. We worked on travelling with the switch as well for setting up the kick. Which, I think I heard him say, would score quite highly if you got to kick your opponent on the back. After we had done that for about 20/30mins Craig shouted “Sparring!!!”

More sparring, a part of me thought shit, a part of me thought awesome, a bit of sparring with someone at about my own ability or just a little better, not at Craig’s level and it was awesome!! We did 5 rounds swapping partner each time. I sparred with Gary, Davie, Sarah, Martin and Ruairi. The rounds I did with Lee and Ruairi were my favourite, they are about the same size as me and made me work the hardest.

I managed to put into practice what me and Craig and been working on in the private in landing that right kick. That is my weapon, in Craig’s words, “You should use that all the time, that is your bread and butter” Which worked. It felt so good, Ruairi managed to land a fucking awesome head kick on me though and hurt my jaw. I’m even struggling to close it as I am reading this. It was a corker!! I was okay while I was sparring, with him, at least I know I can take a punch, or kick!

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To round up today’s post, It has been an awesome day. I day that I am very proud of. To have Craig say that to me and to feel as comfortable as I did while sparring and what not I definitely feel as though I had turned a corned in my Muay Thai journey. I just need to get this weight shifted and you will soon be reading about my first fight!! Before that though, I have an interclub lined up in Leeds in a few weeks time, at Bad Company Gym, or at a place that they are putting on which should be totally awesome!! I so excited to be going doing down there and seeing what that will be like!

Thanks again for reading, I know this has been quite a long post but I did have quite a lot to say so I hope you enjoyed reading. Also, before I go, for any of you out there that might want to answer a few questions from me, I have been working on a list of questions that I would like to ask professional/aspiring fighters or gym owners. It would be done in text format and not via Skype or anything, I would email you the questions and you can take as long as you need to get them back to me.

Remember to head over tho Facebook and give us a like and go over to twitter and give us a follow. I like to also post a photo sometimes on instagram so you can head over there as well and give us a follow! I know the website keeps going through quite a lot of changes and if you could just bare with me while I get it to a place that I am happy with and I can actually work on getting some awesome content made for you that is awesome!! Thanks again for continuing to read with me and I promise there will be some exciting things coming your way in the coming months!!

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Peace – Dom – MTBUK

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 WELCOME TO MUAY THAI BLOG UK!!

This is a place to come and talk about all things Muay Thai. Within this website you have ‘My Muay Thai journey,’ ‘My food journals,’ and much more content to come your way!!
I’ll give you a little information about me, my name is Dom, I am 23 and live in England, UK. I am training in the art of Muay Thai. It’s not something I have done for very long yet it has quickly become a massive part of my life!!
I train in a gym called Northern Kings in Newcastle upon Tyne under some excellent coaches, Craig Jose, Juan Cerventes and Pete Tiarks! It is a new gym, it has only been open just over a year. This by no means doesn’t mean it needs establishing. Craig (who is the head coach and owner with his wife Linda) is well known in the Muay Thai world in the UK and internationally.
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Juan is number 2 in the UK at his weight and is definitely on the way up to do some amazing things! He is (depending on when you are reading this), fighting on Yokkao in March 2015, which is an amazing honour!
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Pete is again someone who is someone who needs no introduction he is a previous cage rage champion and teaches the MMA classes at Northern Kings. He has been with craig for many years and also trains in the classes with us and his wife Lizzie.
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I am honestly as normal as you can get, some might disagree with that and call me a little crazy but when it comes to day to day things, i wouldn’t call myself anything out of the ordinary. I am married to my beautiful wife, Amy, who is massively support of me and my Muay Thai journey so far.
Getting involved in a Martial Art is something I have Always had an interest in but not something I ever had the balls to get into doing. Now that I am doing it, it is that sort of situation where you think “Shit, I could have actually been quite good at this if i would have started this at a younger age.”
Not to say I can’t get good at it now, I began it to get fit and get healthy but the prospect of fighting is just something that seems thrilling but at the same time totally petrifying! If you know me, you would know that I am totally not violent. I would go out of my way to avoid confrontation but the prospect of being in the ring with a crowd of people watching is enthralling!
This will hopefully become a place where you can all come and talk all things Muay Thai, upcoming fights, educational drills and keeping a track of all things that we are doing here at MTBUK.

A little about me here at MTBUK

Hi there!!

This is going to be my documentation of my experiences while endeavouring down the path of a Muay Thai fighter.

I will be writing about my training sessions, what we covered, the exercises we did, the drills we did, warm ups, stretches, sparring and also nutrition and what I do on my days off training to relax.

I will try to get pictures during the training sessions, or ask someone to take photos while we are doing it. If I struggle it will just be writing.

If I get to any shows and fights I will be writing reviews of the fighters and the different bouts that occur during the evening.

I will tell you a little bit about who I am. My name is Dominic Platt. I am 23 and have been training for around 5 months. The one thing I can say about Muay Thai is that it has totally changed my life!! When I started I was weighing around 100kg standing at around 5″10.

I train in a gym called Northern Kings which is in Newcastle city centre. The head coach and owner of the gym is called Craig Jose. During his career he has fought around the world and gained some very reputable titles. He is UK No.2 at 70 Kg (UKMF) and has had 55 professional fights, 18 years fighting experience.

He and all the crew are all people I am very pleased to have come into contact with. As soon as I walked into the gym I was made to feel like one of the family! After my first session, that was if!! I had officially caught the Muay Thai bug! I have been there pretty consistently since then!

Well that’s it for now. Hopefully I will begin to get to upload photos and videos and keep you updated in what I get up to at the gym. If you have any questions for me regarding anything to do with Muay Thai just give me a shout. I would love to hear from you and if I don’t know the answer to your question I will be sure to find it out.

I hope my enthusiasm begins to inspire other people who is thinking about possibly getting into the sport to take the step and do so!! So I will sit off for now, thank you for reading. Peace!! Below is a picture of everyone at our gym.10653801_362576373891566_9086861144524187162_n

Normal food intake going forward.

This is my usual sort of schedule or will be going forward. I might exchange the salad for some cooked veg, kale or broccoli or something. This will be my typical sort of day, I have been eating like this since Monday, up to now, I aren’t feeling a great deal of weight loss benefits.

7.30 – Green smoothie – baby leaf spinach, rocket, watercress, banana, apple, pear, cucumber, apple juice
8.30 – 3 Bacon Rashers, 3 scrambled eggs and a black coffee
9.15 – 10.00 – 750ml water
10.00 – Carrots and humous and 500ml water
12.30 – Spinach, iceberg lettuce, beetroot, cucumber, carrots, dressing of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeezed lemon with a turkey steak. A protein shake and a spoon of hazelnut butter.
15.00 – a turkey steak, protein shake and some unsalted nuts and 750ml water.
17.00 – a banana, an apple and 750ml water
20.00 – 21.00 – a protein filled meal, chicken and veg or something like that.

One thing I am feeling though is I have a lot more energy! Eating more frequently throughout the day I have a lot more energy as I don’t get that 3 o clock slump where I am feeling tired and what not. I guess the weight loss is a work is progress, I will be weighing myself next week to see what progress I have made.

I have already had my cheat day this week, I went to the cinema last night and some ice cream… I know I know, its really bad! It’s crazy to think that not even really that long ago, I was eating whatever I wanted, pasties, burgers, Panini’s anything. I heard somewhere someone said that you must treat your body like an aeroplane or racing car.

You wouldn’t put standard fuel into a car or aeroplane, you need to fuel it will good super powered fuel that will ensure a great performance which is something that is essential for someone who trains 4 or 5 times a week. I guess I will begin to reap the full benefits of eating in a better manner.

It is more building a good relationship with food too, knowing what to eat when. Nutrition is something that I haven’t ever paid attention to until I got into training but it is something I now have a keen interest in, as it goes hand in hand with training and feeling good to! It’s amazing how good you feel when you know you have put some good food into your system!

When training you can go for much longer, recovery from training is much faster and the weight loss is always a plus too! The hardest part is other people eating around me, I am so tempted when other people are eating a subway or a MacDonald’s to partake in a bit of nutritional hell! There is a lot of will power involved!

One this that is key in all of this is organisation! Preparation. If you can prepare 3 days meal in one sitting then you don’t have to fanny about making it for each day and then giving in because it would be easier to go to the shop and spend £3.50 on a sandwich, sugary drink and crisps.

I have had what I said above today, so I won’t bother writing what it was I ate today, this page might seem a bit repetitive as some of the time I will be eating a lot of the same thing but it is more for my record to see what works and what doesn’t.

I hope you manage to be able to take something from this too, maybe a few nutritional ideas or if you want to leave me a comment, feel free! I would,d be more than happy with some feedback.

Thanks for reading! Hope you are all well!!

Dom – MTBUK

My Food Journals

Hi! This is going to be a place where I begin to post about my journey in losing weight. I will be posting what I have on a daily basis, be it good, bad or just plain ugly. I have a target to lose about 10kg, I am currently walking around at 96/97kg and ideally would like to get down to about 85kg as a walk around weight.

When I got my bio-signature taken last week, I was at 25% body fat, which means that 72.5kg of my body mass is lean, which means that I have 24kg of body fat on me. When this was done last week, I was told that I need to begin to eat more often, rather than the 3 times I was eating before, it would be more like 5 or 6 times a day.

I have been told that keeping a record of what you eat helps, so I will be keeping a track of my food here and do two weekly weigh-ins to keep a track of my progress. If, while you are reading, you have any recommendations of what I should be doing or would like the recipe of what I did that day, just comment and I will reply to you!

This is my way of keeping motivated to lose the weight and keep on the right track because I do love junk food and I have never been one for trying properly to lose weight, so hopefully this will keep me on the bandwagon and on the road to getting to a decent weight I would be happy with.

Commencement of Mission Lodge has begun!!

Total Honesty

I am writing this blog post in total honesty… I want this blog to be something more than just continuous posts on one page on the blog. I need help making sense of WordPress and how to use it.

Up to now I have just been posting each entry one after another. I need help in how I can create a page on here and then create posts on that page. I have just deleted a blog post I spent quite a lot of time on and am getting really annoyed with it.

All I need to know is how to use the basics to represent the Blog in the way I want people to see it, for example, a page for my Muay Thai journey, a page for my food journals, a page for my goals, pages that arent static that i can constantly update?

If anyone has any experience with this and could help out a total newbie, please contact me on

muaythaibloguk@gmail.com and we can skype or something or facetime or whatever, or even converse through email. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I hope this makes sense to some of you and I hope someone manages to get in touch with me.

Thank you in advance! Dom

Today we got to punch each other in the face!

Tonight training session was awesome! The first time in quite a long time where we managed to get a decent amount of sparring in! Before I divulge into tonights class I have a few things to brush over first.

I am going to be logging my meals so I know what I have been eating throughout my competition that I am having within the gym.

Breakfast wasn’t fantastic, while I was at home I had my morning green shake which had avocado, banana, Apple, cucumber, kale, spinach, watercress, a squeezed orange and a kiwi, it was probably one of the nicest ones I have made to date! I was running late for work so didn’t manage to get breakfast while at home, I picked up a breakfast wrap in sainsburys (I know, I know! Horrifically unhealthy!), for my 10 I clock snack I had carrot with houmous. Lunch was a spinach, watercress and rocket salad, with beetroot,Chicken, cucumber, pine nuts, tomatoes and a olive oil and squeezed lemon as a dressing. I had half of that for my 12 o clock lunch, with a protein shake and a spoon on cashew nut butter (which is totally spectacularly amazing!), then the same again at 3pm just a smaller portion. At 5 o clock I then had two bananas before I got to the gym and I’m not to sure if i will have anything when I get in. We will see.

I also have an announcement! I have another interclub coming up in 3 weeks! It is down in Leeds at a gym called The Bad Company Gym! It is a highly respected gym in the area, there have been some very good fighters come out of the gym! There are two that spring to mind, one being Yokkao world title contender Liam Harrison! And also the Yokkao world champion Jordan Watson! I am so pumped for it! It should be a wicked experience going down and seeing things down there!

The training tonight was a wicked session! We managed to get a decent amount of sparring in, which is totally wicked. I love a bit of sparring. At first, we was drilling with one attack, it could have been any attack, punch, kick, knee, anything. We did this one for one. Making sure we were using our fakes and feints, taking as long as we needed to ensure that the strike would land. After that it was one of my favourite sentences within the gym… “Gum shields in!”

We then began the 20 minute sparring session. It’s funny, because I remember when I first started doing Muay Thai, when we were doing sparring I was so tense! It tired me out so quickly, I got so gassed that I just couldn’t go on and I began to psych myself out telling myself “I’m not going to be able to do this,” or “I can’t keep on going!”

What I realised this weekend is that I was a lot more relaxed. So much so that I was trying to think about each strike I was doing. Granted this was a sparring session with a group of my friends and training partners, it might be a little different with a stranger in a different city. Every time I go into the gym I learn something different. Take something new from the experience!

I listened to a podcast this morning by Sean Fagan with a guy who was talking all about the spiritual side of training and about how becoming a yoga instructor helped him with his training and becoming a trainer. I love listening to that sort of stuff, learning about how quieting your mind to a place where you can think about what you are doing, learn from your mistakes and in turn become a better person, or Muay Thai fighter!

Granted I am a long way off from becoming a fighter but it is one of my longer term goals of training. Having at least one fight and I will feel as though I have achieved something I never thought I could! To be fair, Muay Thai has opened up so many things for me, this blog, the people, Twitter, facebook, training, events… All things I never thought or seen myself doing even this time a year ago.

Not to get all nostalgic and soppy on you all, I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to be able to be here, do the things I do. In time, hopefully it will become something more.

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