This is a really quick post

Hey! Like the title says, this is going to be a really quick post.

I am in the process of building something else to run alongside MTBUK, something that is able to hit a broader range of audience. It is going to have a different feel to it, rather than it being just me documenting my training journey, it is going to have more of a magazine feel.

So I am looking for people who have an interest in other combat sports, MMA, kickboxing, boxing, jujitsu, karate, tae Kwan do etc. with my knowledge of those subject being quite limited I am looking for someone who may be interested in helping get this venture off the ground.

It will be voluntary, as it will be a brand new thing, it will take time for it to gain the exposure to be able for it to take off but I do have a lot of ideas that MTBUK just can’t do for me. MTBUK will still be here, I will still be documenting my Muay Thai journey because I love doing this. 

I am going to invest a lot of time and effort into the both of these and all that is required from you is that you are keen and have an interest in whichever combat sport it is you choose to write about. 

If you would like more info, please drop me a line either in here or Facebook or to my email address and I will send you what I am thinking/envisioning for the journey. 

http://www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk or muaythaibloguk@gmail.com 

I would love to hear from you and bring you onboard. I think with the people that MTBUK had already reached there is a great opportunity for this new venture to be very lucrative once it takes off.

So please, get in touch if you fancy writing about a sport that you have a keen interest in. You will get the opportunity to speak to some of the biggest names in the sport, get your opinion out there and help people take the steps into the world of journalism and media!

Thanks in advance!

Keep being awesome and I look forward to hearing from you!

Dom – MTBUK 

 

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A master class on the pads and a bloody nose!

Tonight’s session was amazing! I got totally pasted! I did two hours tonight… One hour strength and conditioning and then one hour Thai. Strength was a good session, we began by warming up doing pull aparts, dislocates and goblet squats 10 of each 2 times round. So was feeling pretty warm after that.

We were going for personal best on both back squat and push press. We began with push press, this is something I feel quite comfortable with, we started by doing 5 just with the bar, two sets of 5 with little weight on, 2×3 with a bit more weight on and then when the weight was up to a point where you were feeling the strain we went to one rep.

I was the only one in the group that was training that managed to get to 80kg, which is my PB at the moment but I did feel as though I could have gone a little bit further so I look forward to pushing that a bit further next time.

Next up was the squats, squats are something I feel at home with, I have quite big legs so I feel confident with it in general. We didn’t have time to go right to our limits but we got up to 100kg which is okay, it is over my body weight but I could have gone a lot further. Next time I look forward to getting to the point where I nearly shit my pants or I go really really red in the face!

After the strength class, which I really enjoyed, the actual thai class we did was awesome! It was a beginner class but it really pushed me to my limits today. Got to the point where my lungs were ready to totally collapse and just give in… But I digress. We began the class with a nice warm up, a little run around the mats, press ups, squats, burpees and sit ups, good solid warm up.

We were instructed to partner up as we were going to work on basic pad work, so I got myself a partner and got ready for the rounds to begin after Craig told us what we would be doing but just before Craig began telling us my partner was swapped and I was left without. So throughout the class getting told what we would be doing, I was looking around looking for someone to partner up with but I couldn’t find anyone.

When the rounds began I went to Craig and said I don’t have a partner, he said… Looks like you’re with me then! I was scared and excited at the same time! It’s ace doing pads with Craig and all the fighters really, don’t get me wrong, I just love pads in general but when the likes of Gordon, Gaz or Craig hold the pads for you, you can push yourself to another level. So yeah, we began just working on the singles and twos, jab, cross, jab cross, hook cross, cross hook. We did that for 3 minutes or so. It has been a while since I had Craig hold pads for me and to be fair I felt on really good form.

After the singles and twos we then began throwing in the defences, so he would throw leg kicks and hit me with the pads if my hands weren’t up after the combination. For the first few rounds, his leg kicks were being checked, he was getting me to get my weight on my front leg and then throwing the leg kick, which is ensuring that I am on the balls on my feet ready to check at all times I do have to say though that by the end he was definitely landing a few more of the leg kicks!

After that we introduced kicks into the mix. Kicking is my strongest point but at the same time, in sparring I have to be very weary of them because I can sometimes lose control and I hit a little harder than I would like to, I mean, I know when we are sparring that we are there to get a feel what it would be like in a fight or what it is like to actually get hit. So, when we introduced kicks to the round, this is when I seriously began to start gassing out. Craig loves to make you do 2, 3, 10 consecutive kicks and by the end of that alone I am ready to collapse never mind carry on into the round and keep my guard up, keep doing what he is calling all while remaining switched on to defend when necessary.

It’s awesome man, I love it! I was cursing him something rotten while we were in the rounds, even cursing him in between rounds! For the fourth round we threw in knees. So there was now, single punches, two punch combinations, kicks and now knees. Knees are something I don’t particularly utilise as much as I should do really, not for any particular reason but I intend to get using them a bit more. After all, it is called the art of eight limbs for a reason!

By this time I was totally gassed, struggling to breathe, keep up my guard, my technique had suffered, I’m sure I stroked the pad at some point because I just couldn’t punch with any decent amount of power and Craig just laughed at me then threw the pad at my face!

For the final round it was a free for all, do what ever the pad man wanted basically, any of the combinations that they want. It’s the kicks that take it out of you. It has been so long since I have just had a total pasting on the pads and to be fair, much to my surprise I fared up quite well! I felt fluid and relaxed and as though I was just having fun with it, while trying to concentrate on my breathing and just enjoy it! Which I have learned is key! Why else would I go there?

So after that everyone who had been holding the pads were about to switch and get to have a go on them, Craig told me that I was going to go on the bag and do some clinch work and I was happy with that, I haven’t really done much clinch, at all. Pete then came into the gym and wanted someone to spar with and Gordon piped up and said that I was free to have a spar with him!

Now to put it into perspective Pete is an ex cage rage champion and totally frickin’ awesome at clinch and is super fast. He is the nicest guy, really clever and totally an unexpected brute! He said to me in the changing rooms while I was grabbing my gum shield for me to take it easy on him because he is old… Me? Take it easy on him? I was totally up for a spar but after the pad work I was feeling a little bit tired and I was his ‘warm up’ before his clinch class.

It was good, he gave me a couple of good pointers to take away and try, like bringing your leg out as though you are going to kick but then at the last minute turning it into a teep, he also gave me a good point where your opponents shoulder position dictates what kick you should be using. So if they are square on to you, a teep would be suitable and if they are turned to the right (if they are orthodox) looking as though they are ready to give you a boxing then the back leg kick would be a good one because it would be very difficult for them to be able to check it and get it decently defended.

One thing he did show me is that my guard was down; after I had kicked him he came in with a right hand straight down the middle and popped my nose. Blood had a steady trickle for a few minutes. Since I got it punched the other week and it bled it has been a bit weak ever since that, I should really try and let it heal before the interclub but it doesn’t really hurt when I get hit in it, it just has a funny feeling and then begins to trickle. It is a strange sensation; I haven’t ever really been made to bleed before, not properly anyway.

So tonight was a bit of a master class really, I have to thank Craig and Pete for giving me a thrashing. There’s nothing better than getting a beating at the gym, leaving with your head held high knowing you did the best you could and looking forward to the next time you get back in there to blast your old PB or to work on the techniques you used and try and implement them in the sparring or pad work. It was the best session I have had in a long time!

I have a few projects in the making at the moment; I have made a pact to myself after listening to Sean Fagan’s podcast with Paul Banasiak that I am going to get at least one blog post per week. Be it, a fight review (of which the first one will be going live on Monday), documentation on my training or whatever it may be!

If you haven’t already, head over to Facebook and give us a like at www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk

I am also on twitter at www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk

You can find me at www.instagram.com/muaythaibloguk too.

Thank you for reading my babbling, I know this was quite a lengthy post but it feels good to be writing again, it is just a motivation thing for me really, actually setting the time aside to get it done! All you bloggers will know that it isn’t something that takes two minutes to blast one out.

Well head over to each of the social media sites and give us a follow and a like and also, don’t forget to head over to my interview with Phil Shedden one of the promoters of The Main Event which is one of the biggest shows in the UK at the moment and give that a read we touch upon a number of things that you may find interesting! You can find that here:

http://muaythaibloguk.com/2015/04/05/muay-thai-blog-interview-with-phill-shedden-one-of-the-promoters-of-the-main-event/

Thanks again!!

Keep training hard and keep being awesome!

Love and respect to all!

Take care – Dom – MTBUK

Interview with Phill Shedden. One of the promoters of ‘The Main Event’

I recently spoke to one of the top promoters in the UK in the run up to possibly one of the biggest shows going at the moment. If you know about Muay Thai in the UK then I am almost certain you will have heard of this guy. His name is Phil Shedden, he is one of a team of three promoters that promote and put together the ‘The Main Event’ show, which will be happening on the 23rd May at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. This is going to be one of the biggest shows the UK has seen! With the likes of Stephen Meleady, Chad Sugdan, Greg Wootton, Daniel McGowan, Andrew Lofthouse, Michael Wakeling, Dean James, Panicos Yusuand and many many more!

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If there is going to be any show to go to, it is going to be this one! I will hopefully be making the journey down, if you would like more information regarding tickets just give me a shout and I would be more than happy to help as would Phil, you can contact him on the details at the end of the interview!

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Well with no further ado, lets get cracking with it. Let me introduce to you a man who needs no introduction in the Muay Thai world. Mr. Phil Shedden!

Q. What sparked your interest in Martial Arts/Muay Thai?
A. Split up with an ex and had nothing else to do! Starting training, never looked back

Q. How do you see Muay Thai, K1, kickboxing developing? Is it something you think is on the rise?
A. Muay Thai will explode in the next couple of years. We are working tirelessly towards that aim with The Main Event and I am 100% confident that the sport will be on mainstream TV in the next 5 years.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration to do the things you do?
A. I just love the sport mate. It’s entirely changed my life in so many ways and I really want it to go all the way.

Q. Are you big on goal setting to have something to work towards?
A. Yes we wont stop until Muay Thai is where it deserves to be

Q. What does a normal day look like for you?
A. Depends what stage the planning is up to really. As you get closer to event week it can get pretty manic!

Q. Have you ever been to Thailand to experience life over there? If so, what was it like?
A. I haven’t been. The guys from the gym I used to co-own went twice a few years ago. However I had a serious injury from a previous fight and was just getting back into being able to do any training so it wasn’t worthwhile me going. I will go over at some point in the future though

Q. Could you ever see yourself doing something different?
A. Nah, I enjoy promoting and seeing progress for the sport. I have a few other interests but in terms of promoting, no, we’re here for the long haul

Q. What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome? Looking back, is there anything you would do differently? Is there anyone you would like to thank?
A. Too many to mention really. Every show brings it challenges. Our last major show we suffered pretty badly with pullouts, close to event day too so it was bad times, very stressful. Generally the challenges are weeding out the bullshitters, as there are plenty of them around, and avoiding them, not relying on them for anything. Unfortunately that comes with trial and error so you have to be stung before you realize who they are but that’s the same in anything really. Too many people to thank, the people who matter already know they matter.

Q. Do you think certain personality traits are essential for being a Muay Thai fighter?
A. Definitely. Having only had a handful of fights early on I didn’t get to experience some of the stuff fighters go through, certainly at a higher level. But having been around the sport a fair while I can tell you that discipline, determination and heart are the 3 most essential attributes you have to have. Without all 3 you might as well not bother. The rest comes after those 3.

Q. Have you made any sacrifices to get where you are today?
A. Absolutely loads. But I wouldn’t change a thing (in terms of Muay Thai)

Q. Do you ever hit a wall where you think you can’t do what it is you want? If so, how do you overcome it?
A. Yes, sometimes. Sometimes it can get on top of you and you just need to take a bit of time off. Can be a day or a week, depends, and then you get back on it. Everyone deals with stuff differently don’t they but for me a couple of things keep me going; my love of the sport and desire to see it succeed and the shoving it in the face of the people who bad mouth us and wish us to fail. Combined, I don’t think there’s any more inspiration needed J

Q. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A. By career I presume you mean events? Difficult to say, each one has been both enjoyable (and not enjoyable) and successful in different ways. The Main Event in 2012 is probably, in many people’s eyes, the best Muay Thai event this country has ever seen, still. Pivotal fights took place, we had the record attendance there, the feedback was incredible and the buzz around it all was intense. But for us it was a nightmare backstage, although the paying spectators didn’t see that. The Point show in November 2013 was top I really enjoyed that one. The USN show in June 2014 was great, despite the pullouts we managed to put on a great card, increase the attendance to a new record and try some new stuff that we hadn’t done before. So I couldn’t really pick a ‘highlight’, each one has had its highs and lows.

Q. Any advice or words of inspiration to people wanting to join the Muay Thai community?
A. Do it. You’ll never look back

Q. Is it essential to have other like-minded people who are a part of the sport around you to help you?
A. Yes, of course. You’ve all got to be aiming for the same goals or you’ll never achieve anything

Q. What sponsors do you have? How did you get them?
A. We are lucky enough to have very loyal sponsors and partners around us and some incredible people involved. Sandee has been with us from day one and continues to play a major part in what we do. BANNED Fightwear, our apparel partners, joined us in 2013. Recently we signed a deal with DMC Group, incorporating Ducati, KTM and Triumph Birmingham with our brand, which is a massive step forward for us. We have other people who we have worked with for a good while, like Protec boxing, who we have a great relationship with and a number other businesses and great people who support us.

Q. What is it like getting to meet and host some of the up and coming and best fighters?
A. It’s great; I’ve met some really genuine people in the years we’ve been doing this. Made some friends for life. Half of them are really unassuming, modest guys who you’d think wouldn’t have a fight in them then they get in the ring and they’re smashing people to bits, it’s ace. When I look back on the fighters we’ve had on our shows it makes me really proud of where we’ve come so far.

Q. Where and how do you see The Main Event developing over the coming years?
A. The Main Event will be the brand that catapults Muay Thai into the big time in the UK, it’s that simple. The sky’s the limit…

Q. Anything you would like to add before you go?
A. Yea, Id like to thank everyone whose helped get The Main event to where it is today. There’s dozens of people and they know who they are. Loads of people who are always there in different ways and whom it wouldn’t be possible without. Id also like to say that those within the sport in England who claim to want it to grow, get the mainstream exposure and pay fighters a decent living, it’s time to put up or shut up and start supporting those who are trying to make it happen. There’s hundreds and hundreds of clubs across the UK, if half of them made the effort to bring the students they are coaching to watch a top-level event, things would happen a hell of a lot quicker! Why wouldn’t you want to come and watch what you’re supposedly aspiring to achieve? The Main Event is on May 23rd, shows don’t get any better in this country than that – be there!!

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Further information a can be found at www.themainevent.media

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MainEventMT

Twitter www.twitter.com/MainEventMT

Well there you have it! Again, thank you to Phil for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions! Massive respect to him and his team for all they do for the sport! Remember to head over to Facebook and Twitter to get more information on The Main Event and if you want more information on getting down to The Main Event, hit me up and I will sort you out with the information you need. Not that you need anymore than, you need to get down! You would be a fool to miss it!

If you want to find me on social media, you can find me at:

www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk

www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk

www.instagram.com/muaythaibloguk

And of course here at www.muaythaibloguk.com

Thanks for reading! Take care and keep being awesome!

Peace love and respect to all! Dom – MTBUK