5 rounds of sparring… God I’ve missed training!

Tonight was AWESOME!!

I have been down to the gym twice this week and we are only on Tuesday. I went yesterday hoping to do a Thai session but didn’t realise as I was out of swing that it didn’t start until 8pm so managed to get some S&C in. It was a good session, it was a body weight session that consisted of working on our core, plank, headstands, handstands, some fun stuff and then onto some circuits.

A class at Northern Kings

A class at Northern Kings

This morning, safe to say, I felt a little sore. After 3 months of not doing much training at all, it felt good to be doing some sort of exercise again. I paid for two sessions yesterday but my little lad was getting tired at the gym so I decided to give the Thai session a miss and get the little one home to bed. I agreed that I would come the next day and do the other session that I had paid for.

Tonight was awesome. It felt so good to be back. I have missed it so much! I went to the advanced class as it is at 5.30pm and it gets me home early…ish. I thought I was in for some sort of punishment when I was on my way down and sure enough, after 10mins on the rope the words “Sparring gear guys!” was like music to my ears.

It felt wicked to be using my mind again. Thinking about attacking and defending. Bobs and weaves. Fakes and feints. Hitting and not getting hit. To be honest I felt good, i wasn’t sparring hard at all, it was light and technical, just what I needed. Much to my surprise it was like I has never been away. Always the welcoming vibe of the lads down at the gym is always good. It makes it so much easier to get back into it when all the lads (and lasses) there are down to earth and love to just get down to business.

The Northern Kings family

The Northern Kings family

I have signed myself up for a beginners course as a refresher to brush up on the basics as well as get myself back into going on a regular basis. It also gets my arse inspired to get writing again, because here I am again, writing. I find it difficult to get into the swing of things when I aren’t training myself but it definitely felt good to be back!

I will keep you updated on my blog with the things that we get up to on the ‘101’ course. It will be good to strip things right back to basics and get some good training in again.

Until then, you can keep updated with all things MTBUK at http://www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk and also http://www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk

I am potentially going to be making a new website soon and will be looking for gyms/brands to fill up some advertising space, so if you know of someone that may be interested, you can contact me on muaythaibloguk@gmail.com

Take care & thanks for reading!

Peace – 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!

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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

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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!

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Thanks for reading! Take care and keep being awesome!

Peace love and respect to all! Dom – MTBUK

You can’t out train a bad diet.

The most important thing about training and keeping healthy is diet. I have quickly come to realise that if you don’t eat correctly the damage you are doing to your body is going to far surpass that of any exercise you may be doing to improve it. If you can eat healthily, consistently then you will reap the rewards from it, if you don’t, you won’t.

It’s a funny old world we live in. I really can’t understand why so many shit foods are easily accessed then where good, healthy foods aren’t. We live in a society where fast food, sugar, refined carbs and genetically modified foods reap havoc on our bodies and well-being. This is a time where we would rather pop to McDonalds and eat a burger and fries rather than try to find some locally sourced fruit and veg and nutrionally rich foods.

I have been the victim of the ‘modern day man’ for 25 years now. Eating shit day in day out, pizza, fizzy drinks, burgers, pasta, processed foods that are no good for us and that starve our bodies of the essential nutrients we need to do even the most basic of things. I have been watching documentaries and films about where food comes from and what to do if you feel as though it is time for change.

It is like smoking. Eating badly has just become part of our daily routines that when it comes time to change the ritual it becomes a struggle when it shouldn’t be. The reason we are now in the position we are is because 10,000 years ago when food was scarce we lived on a diet of leafy vegetables and the fruits that we could find. The odd bit of meat here and there when we managed to kill.

Our hunter gatherer instincts never left, we just got more access to the foods that our bodies needs and began to move less. Imagine this, you have just managed to kill a wild boar and you have just cooked it on the fire you made and shared it with your family. You don’t actually know when your next meal is going to be but to get it you have to travel for miles and miles, days and days without food to get it. Our bodies are trained to store the energy that is required for us to do this.

But now, when we have daily access to these foods on every corner, all we are doing are crippling ourselves because our bodies aren’t using as much energy to find the food, yet we are filling ourselves up as though there is a famine around the corner. Because our bodies have been trained to store the energy needed to go out and gather the food, that is why the society of today is suffering from diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Our tastebuds were trained over time to enjoy the sweetness of sugar and the complexities of fatty foods, which is why we take such pleasure in eating everything that is on offer today but at the same time, the processed foods we are putting into our systems are nutritionally poor. They have no micronutrients in them because they have all been chemically changed to be made cheaper to make and to be addictive so we keep coming back for more.

I am holding my hands up and saying that I to am very guilty of doing this. Eating convenient  foods where I should be going out of my way to hunt and gather proper whole foods. I would love to be able to fight one day. To get in the ring and go to war with someone of an equal weight and ability but that will never happen until I sort out my eating habits.

I am writing this so I am actually holding myself accountable for the things I put into my body. It isn’t anyone elses fault that I am overweight, it isn’t anyone elses problem, only my own and to that I put my hands in the air and agree. But then why do I find it so difficult to change? Why is my brain so determined to go againast everything I know and carry on eating shit? I may know one day. Until then I guess I will manage to keep myself at a level pegging of 98kg.

Do you have any concerns about the foods of today? Are you like me and have fallen into a routine of damaging our internal systems? Do you have to cut a lot before a fight because you enjoy a food binge after it? Do you keep a regular healthy diet almost all the time?

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The time is nigh

There are so many things going on at the moment and I know that the writing has taken a back seat. I seem to be saying this quite a lot but I am kickstarting things again now I am back into training. The website is going to be going through a makeover over this coming week so watch out for that!

I have some massive news. MTBUK is going on tour! I am going to Yokkao this weekend and I have been so lucky to get the opportunity to get some ringside access to take some photos! Me… Taking photos at Yokkao! Mental!! It crazy to think that this time last year I was totally oblivious to the world of Muay Thai. As soon as I stepped foot into the gym that all changed.

Over the past 10 months I have been lucky enough to be totally immersed within the community. Speaking to some top promoters within the UK, some world class fighters and trainers along with all of the people that I have either sparred with or talked to at the events I have been to. My twitter now has over 300 followers and my Facebook has over 140 likes and my Instagram has over 100 followers too and for that I am so very thankful!

I find it totally overwhelming, the support that the community gives to the up and coming and all the opportunities that are there if you are willing to try and reach your goals and you feel passionate about it. This is something that I am massively passionate about and I guess that it has began to shine through a little bit.

Now that I am back into training and I am back into the swing of things I am going to be more consistent with the posts and keeping you up to date with all things Muay Thai inside and outside of the ring. I am going to be structuring what I will be writing and setting a day that I will put out each post. I don’t want to put myself in a position where I can’t keep up with the posts. So I will be writing one post per week. It will be covering my favourite training session from the week, my goals for training of the coming week and also how my goals went from the previous week and any other trivia I feel is relevant.

At the moment, I am just a normal guy but I can see some amazing things happening for MTBUK if I put in the effort to do so. The things I have lined up at the moment are Yokkao! I can’t explain how excited I am for Yokkao, to see some of the best fighters in the world compete! I am also going to be giving the website a bit of a makeover, make it a bit more structured and make it more aesthetically pleasing, I may also be planning a trip down to Birmingham to see the Main Event which would be another amazing opportunity to see some of the best talent out there compete, I would like to get the opportunity to do some writing as a guest on a website of some sort or a fighting brands website or a fellow blogger or an event review or anything.

I have a few interviews that I am going to get ready to post on here, I do have a couple of people that are going to answer some questions for me too, so the interviews will still be happening, which I am totally pumped about! So watch out for those! This is a post really to just put you all in the picture and let you all know where MTBUK is at the moment and what I have planned for it in the future. I hope you all enjoy what I am writing at the moment (or will be writing as I have written in nearly a month) and if you have the time feel free to head over to my other social media sites and give us a follow and a subscribe and please introduce yourself!

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I love to hear from people, if you would like to write a post for me, answer a few questions, have some ideas that you would like to work on or would like any tips to do with training and things just please give me a message or simply just say hello!

Thank you again for all being so welcoming of me and my work, hopefully I will begin to reach my goals. I have a now written myself some goals that I am going to strive to achieve by the end of the year.

Take care of yourselves, keep being awesome!

Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK

The calm before the storm

Mondays session was canny. I got two hours in. One hour strength and conditioning and one hour Thai/K1. There were quite a few of us in the classes. I think with it being the beginning of the year people are wanting to get fit and lose the weight that they potentially put on over Christmas or want to make a change and generally get fit.

Because there were so many people in the class it was difficult to get everyone around the circuits that Craig had planned so he had to improvise to get us to be able to do it. To begin with we started with the usual warm up. Foam rolling to ease out the aches and pains of the day before, wall squats, roll over v-sits and spinal floss’s.

For the actual exercises we were doing 3x goblet squats with a weight that was suitable for you, which for me and Martin was a hefty 45kg, after that we had to do 5 jumping Squats followed by 5 weighted jumping squats and let me tell you, it wasn’t just a chain around the neck or even the 45kg dumbbell it was the other person on our backs.

I felt so sorry for Martin, he is a bit lighter than what I am, he is about 75kg and I am still at about 95kg!! Poor guy! So we had to do 5 weight squat jumps and then 5 assisted squat jumps where we helped our partners jump as high as possible. We had to do that three times round. The next one. The struggle.

This is all to work on our explosive power because it was slow down on the squat and high intensity on the rise to be able to make he jump or in the next exercise it was press ups. Slow on the way down but then explosive on the way up and you had to raise your hands to your shoulders. I didn’t do too well on this one. I struggled with it. 5 explosive press-ups, 5 resisted press-ups and 5 assisted press-ups.I struggle with upper body exercises, I don’t know why, probably because I haven’t ever done anything really strenuous on my top half like weight lifting or anything like that.

After we did that, we did a bit of fun stuff, we worked on head stands and hand stands to help us be able to engage our core and make it support us. Funnily enough, that sort of stuff I am quite good at, I enjoy that sort of stuff. Not that I could actually do it because I had totally lost all my strength in my arms because of the previous exercises! I did try and do them, hold them for as long as I could. If I was fresh I would have been able to do it no problem. I also got the opportunity to showcase my one handed cartwheel! We got talking about the Matrix being on the night before and how much a loved the scene where Neo does the one handed cartwheel and that I taught myself how to do one when I was younger purely because of that scene.

After that the Thai class started. It was a good session, albeit really busy, we could barely move for people being there, I love it!! Mondays are by far, my favourite class of the week. We worked on our boxing and footwork this week. We were partnered up and given ‘lanes’  on the mats. We worked on moving forward with boxing, jab, cross, faking the jab cross, then putting a kick or knee on the end of it depending on how far away your partner had moved.

Making sure while doing these drills we were keeping our footwork clean and well thought about. When we stepped forward we would have to make sure that both of our feet moved and we were able to keep ourselves centered.

After that it was fitness for one side of the class and sparring for the other side of the class. A month or two ago I would have probably been in the side of the class that did fitness but I wasn’t! I got to do some sparring. It was still a bit squashed in the ring but it was awesome. I love being able to push myself to my limits and sparring makes me able to do that. After the first round I am tired but I still have to engage my brain to think about what it is I am doing, where my feet are, what my hands are doing. Calculating what my options are and acting on them. We got four rounds in, I did two with Liam, one with titler and one with ruairi. It was class!

I have decided to take the rest of the week off training in preparation for this weekend. It is the interclub coming up in Leeds and I wanted to rest my shins and foot. Both of which if I train my normal 4/5 days a week I am in quite a lot of pain by the end of the week. So I have been resting this week. I am looking forward to this weekend. I feel as though I have improved quite a lot since my last interclub, it will be good to see what the other people from other clubs are doing too. It seems to be quite a big one, there are competitive and non-competitive bouts on Saturday so it will be good to see some showcased talents around the area.

I will be videoing some fights, getting some pictures and stuff so I will be posting a blog about it when it is over. I know I have touched upon this in my previous post but it still stands. I am in the process of building a new site, it is taking longer than I had anticipated. Getting all the writing done and all of the site designed as well as other things sorted too.

Time is all I need, time and effort. As is mentioned in Shawshank redemption, which for the record is an awesome film, you have to either get busy living or get busy dying. I am living! I can’t imagine my life being any different at the minute! It feels great!

Remember where else you can find us here at MTBUK… Twitter Facebook and Instagram. I keep these updated pretty regularly. So head on over and give us a like/follow and I will give you a shout :).

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Thanks again for reading! Watch this space, some great things coming, eventually ha ha.

Peace!

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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Thanks for keeping on reading, I wouldn’t be posting on here if it wasn’t for the continued support I get with the site. So thank you!

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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Thanks again… 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.