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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Good session yesterday and interclub this weekend. 

Had a good old session in the gym yesterday. It’s strange now, with me having a wee man to think about and taking all my time I am struggling to get down to the gym now but he is totally worth it! Here is a shot of him having his guard up!

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Maximus holding his guard up! Future world champ!

It was good to be back in there, I got chance to go down a couple of weeks ago for an advanced session and I felt I was back to square one. This session was good though, we were working on scooping the body kick and defending against it.

Scooping is something that you see really often in professional fighting. It is the easiest to do and possibly most effective as you can get a good score if your opponents back has become exposed to you. Less effort and high score it is a win win for the counter attacker!

We also got a bit of sparring in which was a bit of an eye opener. My fitness is shot at the minute. It wasn’t the best anyway but if it was just okay then, it is shit now!! It was a good mental preparation for the interclub at the weekend.

It is NK’s second birthday this weekend and what better way to celebrate it with an interclub and hog roast?!? Looking forward to having a spar with someone of a similar weight and ability. I like having to push myself further than i think I can so this will be another challenge overcome!

The well known 'YOKKAO' logo

The well known ‘YOKKAO’ logo

If you hadn’t known already I am now writing for YOKKAO now too!! I have recently done an interview with Reece McAllister which, if you head over to my other page and check it out!!

http://www.yokkao.com/news/a-catch-up-with-reece-mcallister/

I also wrote an article introducing myself so check that one out too!! What sort of stuff would you like to see me post on there? This will still be my blogging space where I can write the opinions of mine and have my own view on things.

http://www.yokkao.com/news/news-editor-dom-introduces-himself/

Watch this space! I will try and get a video of my interclub and will upload it if I do any good ha ha. Remember to head over to my Facebook and Twitter and give us a follow and a like!!

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An update on what is happening

 Okay, so my spot with the YOKKAO team has been confirmed! How frickin’ awesome is that!?! I am going to be writing for one of the worlds most prestigious Muay Thai brands out there at the moment. I feel totally blessed to be able to have the opportunity to do this, so I am going to put my heart and soul into it!
 I am currently in the process of writing a number of articles for them, training tips, fighter profiles, any news from the Muay Thai scene in the UK. I will be publishing them as often as I can and then will be posting them here and giving you a brief overview as to what it is about from my perspective rather than that of YOKKAO. 
 If you haven’t already heard (which you bloody well should have done if you are a Muay Thai fan), then there is going to be some history made on October 10th in Bolton at the Macron stadium. YOKKAO is going to deliver one of the most exciting shows it has done to date. I mean, the past couple of shows have been amazing, totally incredible, bringing some of the best fighters in the world to our shores. I personally thought that it couldn’t be topped.
 Oh how wrong I was! They have topped and surpassed every expectation that I had in my mind. Straight away from the get go, when Saenchai got announced as the main event that was enough to get the venue sold out. Now there is, Liam Harrison, Jordan Watson, Singdam Kiatmoo9 and now… Reece McAllister is going to fight Josh Turbill. Awesome!! There is going to be loads of other fights that happen, that are yet to be announced that will all blow your mind! This show is set to be amazing!!
 I was talking to my mum the other night and explained who YOKKAO were and what they do. The analogy used was like, they are like the premiership league of football, only better because it is Muay Thai. Damn straight!
 I will be keeping you posted on the progress of YOKKAO, my personal training journey has somewhat come to a standstill at the moment because I recently was blessed enough to become a parent! My son is now nearly three weeks old and is going to be a little bruiser! Most of my time will be spent either at work or writing for YOKKAO now, so I guess MTBUK will be tailored to what is going on in my life too.
 If you want to follow along with my section of the Newly refurbished YOKKAO site head over to http://www.yokkao.com/news and keep your eyes peeled. If you fancy some YOKKAO gear to show off in the gym the page is http://www.yokkao.com/shop they also have an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook that you will be able to follow too!
 Want to keep a track of what I am up to? Head over to my Twitter http://www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk or my Facebook http://www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk I do regularly post on these and keep them up to date with what is going on. What you waiting for?
Peace and love! Keep training and being the best you can be!
Dom – MTBUK

Training and Progression

So it’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog post on here. I am trying to figure out how to migrate my posts to where I want them to be. But that might never happen because we all know how fiddly WordPress can have a tendency to be. 
Things are good at the moment. I am feeling positive about my training and the way in which my directions within Muay Thai are heading. I have only been training a few time these past few weeks. 
With the imminent arrival of my first born child I am a little preoccupied with other things at the moment, like getting my driving test passed, preparing both mentally and physically for his arrival and working a bit more on the site. 
I have now managed to work out how to make pages on the website and have began to post a bit more content for you guys. 
Yesterday was a hell of a session. It was brutal. I had a fight at the weekend and was debating whether I would actually go down to the gym or not to train yesterday because I was still achy from it.
Been the dedicated bastard I am I thought balls to it, I might as well go and get back into the swing of things. Maybe I should have thought about what it was I was realistically getting myself in for. 
The session was quite a tough one, we were working in defending with our left side. Using the teep, jab, left hook, left body kick, left leg kick… Basically anything on the left hand side. It was good fun. I love using my left leg for my kicks. Primarily the back leg kick. People don’t expect it at all during sparring and I can usually land it quite solidly with a lot of success. 
There is a couple of lads fighting up in Edinburgh this weekend and one of the other lads is training for a fight on 16th August in Harrogate so there was a lot of them getting pads with Craig. From the fight at the weekend I am now more motivated than ever to get the weight off so I can think about getting in the ring and fighting Thai. 
So in the exercise one of the partners were sparring, using any of the weapons you might in a normal spar and moving forward. The person defending was mainly on the back leg, defending and moving back while countering and attacking with the left hand side. By the end of that exercise because we were swapping partners in between and both having a go at it it was nearly the end of the session. 
For fitness we did something that we have never done before but it was something that challenged you and pushed you. Paired up again, we would do a combination with your hands or legs, one two hook right kick and then one two hook two kicks and then one two hook three kicks and alternating between your partner and you and then once you did that you would do 10 burpees and that was timed so would just keep going until the timer ended. 
Then it was a different combination with a different exercise and this went on for about 10 minutes. At the end of it, I went to get a drink of water and say hello to some people who were waiting to join in the class after the advanced class and I had missed Waiing off. Don’t. Ever. 
I heard Craig shout from the mats “Dom and Jonny… 50 burpees for missing Waiing off!!” I thought “shit!”
I haven’t ever missed Waiing off because it is a matter of respect you say thank you to the coach for taking the session but I was only off the mats for a few moments and had missed it. The 50 burpees was horrible. I mean really horrible. To link in earlier what I said about having my fight and debating whether I were actually even going to go to training because my arms were still sore from all the haymakers I were trying to throw. 
50 burpees was just what I needed to finish me off. I was a broken man. So much so I got home and had a cup of tea and got in bed. I was destroyed. 
On a different note I just want to talk about what it is I am hoping to do and eventually accomplish by writing about and partaking in Muay Thai. I am slowly beginning to resent my 9-5 job. Not to the point where I am wanting to quit but to the point where it is pushing me to try and achieve my goal of becoming a full-time writer/blogger/whatever it is I can do in the sport to pay my way. 
I’m not bothered about being rich. Nor am I bothered about being famous. It would be nice to have an income that would be able to let me have a mortgage, go on holiday two or three times a year and let me see the world but all the doesn’t bother me as long as I can get by, save a little each month and be happy. A life in Muay Thai could do that for me I think. 
With the sport growing in such a way that it is at the moment it would he nice to be on the forefront of its growth. To be able to spread the word to the masses about what this sport is all about and why so many people love it. 
There isn’t enough time right now for me to do that nor do I have the following to really make a difference… Yet. No dream is ever too big. I am a firm believer in that. If I intend to show my son that if he wants something he should go out and get it, I need to do that myself. 
I hope you can all bare with me while I get my feet on the ground here, build a solid foundation for which MTBUK and the sport can grow and then I can have the opportunity to give back to the community. 
Thank you for reading, head over the my social media pages, like them, follow them to keep up to date with what I am up to. Have a little exploration of the new structure of the site. I am going to look for a new theme that I can use to achieve what it is I want to achieve with MTBUK but that will take time. So for now I will be just building on what I have and where I can go from here. 
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Thanks for the continued support. Be true to yourself. Work hard, train hard and you will get to where you want to be. 
Thanks 

Dom – MTBUK

Sparring and strength

Last night at training…
To say that I got beasted would be a massive understatement. I felt really good in the gym, surprisingly because I was only there twice last week and before that I had a couple of weeks off. I am in the process of writing all the content for the new site so that was my initial week off, getting the foundations laid for the new site… the second week off was due to my wife being ill. I needed to play the superhero and save her. 

Last week was a good couple of sessions, I was in on Monday and Thursday the two strength and conditioning days. I do like to try and get down for the strength and conditioning classes because I do like to lift weight and push myself that way rather than skipping that session and coming down just for Thai… Plus I finish work at 5 and by the time I have walked down to the gym it is time for the strength class to start. 

I was so sore last week and tired too! I was struggling to keep my breath as I hadn’t done anything in terms of fitness while I had been away from the gym in the previous two weeks. Lo and behold, in typical Dom fashion, I pushed myself too far too fast and was totally exhausted! It was a nasty fitness combo on the pads and I was ready to drop man!

This week has been much better, I have only done one session so far but last night was awesome! It was the sort of session where it relights the fire in you to begin to push yourself again. Its funny when you slip out of the routine of training it quickly becomes something that you begin to push to the back of your mind but then when you manage to pull your finger out of your arse and get back to the gym you begin to think to yourself “why was I off?!?”

Last night in strength and conditioning we worked on technique. Craig said that going forward once he gets back from Thailand he will be making a program to begin getting our one-rep max on each of the lift, which, to be honest, I am quite looking forward to because I have never actually managed to track my personal bests not to the point where I could actually manage it and try to better in week in week out. So that will be in the coming months which is good.

The actual session itself was going to be working on, dead lift, push-press, bench-press, back-squat, front-squat, the clean and possibly a couple more but I just can’t think of then right now. We only managed to get through bench, push, front and back squat, we still have to do dead lift and clean of which we will probably do on Thursday. It was a steady strength class go really as far as they go, we still had a workout from it but I wasn’t totally gassed which I guess set me up for the class after that. 

After the strength class we had a wicked Thai session, this is where the blog post really begins! I got to do the session with Craig as my partner which is always an experience. To begin with we worked on defending attacks and standing your ground. Something that with my weight, I have quite the advantage. We worked on a single shot at first, so one would defend, the other attack and it would be one for one. It would usually start off quite slow but then end up being really fast. I felt so fluid last night and it almost felt natural. When we began to link three shots Craig told me something.

I went to throw a combination and I stumbled and Craig gave me a good tip and it was “try not to plan what you are going to do. Try and see your next shot then take that.” Which makes perfect sense if you think about it. If I plan a one, two, hook but he would move back and then my right hand barely reaches and my hook would just miss completely. Whereas if I were to use the formula that Craig gave me, maybe I would do the right hand but do a leg kick instead and walk it in to then follow that up with a hook or something. 

I always try to take at least one thing away from every session I do and that will definitely be what I take away and use going forward. After the technical aspect of the session it was on to sparring. With me being paired up with Craig, naturally got to do a round with him which is always awesome! I accidentally cracked him in the knackers. I mean, it was a drain of the face and knocks you for sick sort of impact. He was out for the rest of that round and when it came to change, I thought I had got away with the punishment but when he said “everyone find a new partner… No… Not you!” I shit my pants a little bit. 

This round was an awesome round. Albeit tough, I had to think about everything. My movements, what Craig was doing, keeping my posture, relaxing and striking. After my round with Craig I swapped between a few of the people within the session but I was so tired by the end of it. I took a knee to the stomach off Craig and then a couple of the people from the group teeped me in exactly the same place and my stomach was totally knackered by the end. 

At the end of the session we worked on core strength. Core strength. Sit ups, crunches, leg raises, plank, side plank. Yes, I looked like I was having some sort of seizure. After the first couple exercises my core was totally shot but I had to push, I had to dig deep and make sure that I did as much as I could and then push a little further!! 

I was sore when I woke up this morning but being sore is the sign of a damn good session and a kind of session I look forward to doing more of in the future!! 

In other news, I am in the process of creating PunchLine Fights. A place where all combat sports will come together and thrive. MTBUK will still be around and I will still be blogging and documenting my experiences in Muay Thai. It may only be once or twice a month but there is a lot going on behind closed doors with PLF and I hope to begin putting the content out for you all!

Remember to head over Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites and give us a follow or like! Everyone of you guys that comment, favourite, like my content means so much!! So for that I thank you all!! 

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Keep being awesome! Keep training hard and working hard to achieve your goals!!

Peace and love – Dom – MTBUK

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 

 

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

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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

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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http://www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk
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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!