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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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:

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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

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My most recent thoughts about Muay Thai

The reason I got into Muay Thai was not to take pleasure in kicking and punching someone’s face in, as much as I do now take pleasure in this it wasn’t on the forefront of my mind when I joined the gym, it was to get fit and change my mentality towards fitness and exercise. When I started the gym I was totally unfit, hadn’t done any form of proper exercise in a very long time. I wasn’t sleeping particularly well on a night and I wasn’t by any means, eating correctly either.

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It’s funny really, since beginning my Muay Thai journey, a lot has changed in my life. I have been married; I have been through ups and downs and work and I am currently thinking about purchasing my first house. All steps and things that are massive in anyone’s life. It’s nice to be able to take a step back and appreciate what you have.

To be here, writing this, doing what I am doing with Muay Thai is a total honour. I read somewhere that when you begin your journey it is something that you begin for life and not for the short term. I remember my first ever session at Northern Kings, straight away I was made to feel like one of the family. This is exactly what it is, a family. A group of people who have a love for something, so much so they spend as much time in the gym as they possibly can.

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This blog/website/venture that I am on, I would have never though that this would get to where it is today, where I have over 250 followers on Twitter and over 100 likes on Facebook. It totally blows me away. I am privileged to have this opportunity to share my experiences with all the people that read this, that interact with my on the different social medias.

The way in which Muay Thai has changed my life in a way that I never thought it would is the ability to be able to push myself further than I ever thought was possible and also to not give a damn what anyone thinks about me. I don’t mean that in a negative manner, I mean that if I want something, I wouldn’t let anyone else’s opinion make me deviate from my goal or target. For instance, the job I am doing at the moment, I have recently applied for a new job within the bank and my colleagues were talking about how I shouldn’t have told anyone that I was applying for it and should have done it under the radar.

Why would I do that? I confided in the people that I trusted and hoped that they would be happy for me that I am wanting to progress, but yet, I get told that I shouldn’t be applying for another job because it shows that I am not dedicated to my current role. No. I am dedicated to anything that I am doing, I just want to progress to be the best that I can and doing Thai boxing has helped me push myself to be able to do that by overcoming the personal barriers I encounter while in the gym and doing my training. Being tired after 90 seconds of sparring knowing you have another 90 seconds to go until you get a rest, knowing that the rest you get is barely going to be enough to recover from the pasting you have just been given. Thinking about everything you are doing, footwork, defence, attacks all while making sure you are breathing and keeping yourself alive.

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Okay, maybe a bit dramatic about keeping yourself alive but you get what I mean. It’s such an amazing feeling. A feeling that cannot be matched by anything else, even when you are doing it with your friends and you are doing some light sparring, it still challenges your mind to push further and further each time. When you get to that point where you think that you can’t go for one second more, where you think your lungs are going to collapse because they are crying out to be filled with air, your mind then decides to push your body one step beyond. If you can get to that point and do that, you can do anything!

I love the respect that comes with the art. The respect you have for your trainer, your peers, your opponents and the respect you learn to have for yourself all helps contribute to make the sport such an all round amazing experience. You quickly learn when doing Muay Thai that your team mates and friends are the people there to hurt you, push you, teach you, make you feel better, make you feel as though you can take that extra step to be able to become the fighter you want to be. For that, you learn to have a massive amount of respect for everyone.

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You can spend 9 minutes punching and kicking each other black and blue, broken noses, black eyes even knocking teeth out! Then when the bell rings, you shake each others hand and say “good game!” This isn’t just for your peers, this stands for the fighters that you might end up going against in the ring. I can imagine it being a special kind of thing in the ring really. Just you and one other person, giving each other everything they have, fighting until you literally can’t go on, then when the bell rings for the last time, the killer instinct has gone and you can shake their hands and thank them for giving everything they did.

This is something that I look forward to experiencing one day. It’s kind of surreal even hearing myself thinking like that really, I would have never thought that I would be thinking I would like to get in the ring and punch someone’s face in for some laughs. 8 months ago, when I first crossed the threshold of NK I knew there and then that this was where I belonged. After a couple of short months I was already ready to do an interclub, which was awesome! Having the experience of building up to a fight, running through things in your mind, wrapping your hands, putting on your shin pads and hearing the spectators cheering at the people in the ring all goes towards your thought process and mentally preparing for the bout that you are about to delve into.

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I can get that having an actual fight will be different to an interclub but the basis of it remains the same. To learn how to deal with the situation, remain calm, relaxed and composed. Getting ready to jump in and give whoever it is that you are up against a good thrashing! Learning a lesson or two, reflecting back on it and assessing what you were happy with and what you could have improved which is all part of the process. All part of your Muay Thai journey!

Which brings me to this. Muay Thai Blog UK. I like writing. I love Muay Thai. It just makes sense to combine the two and try and make something out of it. Whether it be a business venture, which I am hoping it may one day become or just a place where people can come and talk about their love for Muay Thai and share their experiences and hopefully one day use it as a place to come and learn about it.

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It takes a lot of work and there are so many variable factors included within doing it. What to put on the blog, how to present the blog, is it a blog? Is it a website? How to develop the blog, how to bring in different aspects of Muay Thai and portray them in a way that people can easily understand, building the site, getting the content put onto it consistently all things that cross my mind when trying to build on MTBUK. I have a vision in my head of what I want it to look like, a vision of which direction I would like it to go in, it is just getting it there that is, for me, a mammoth task.

It’s not something I will be giving up anytime soon and the blog/website will begin to flourish over time I have no doubt about that, if I keep at it and maybe get another person on board to help me along the way with the technical side of things it might actually begin to get some pretty awesome exposure! I am massively overwhelmed by the power of the internet and social media to be able to get your information and thoughts out there to other people. It is amazing really!
I really hope you enjoy some of the content I write and put onto MTBUK, hopefully over the next coming few months I will be in a position to release a new and improved site, where I can begin to sell things and inform you of different events that may be on in your area, continue with my training journals etc. I am looking into the prospect of becoming a personal trainer to couple with this venture, so look into the nutrition side of things, what workouts are good for building what muscles, what you should be eating when. I need to get my game into some sort of shape before I do this, currently weighing in at 95kg isn’t where I want to be when I become a personal trainer!

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Well thank you all again for continuing reading, it really does mean a lot that you all take the time to follow what I do. Remember you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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Peace! – 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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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

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.

Remember head over to Facebook, Twitter and instagram and support the website. Say hello! I am always keeping them up to date with content so if you want to keep up to date too, head over and give them a like or follow or subscribe whatever they require you to do!

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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.

A little about me here at MTBUK

Hi there!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Honesty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance! Dom

I felt totally exposed today!!

It has been an interesting experience today. I got my body fat measured using the Poliquin Bio-Signature. I have entered a competition with the gym I go to called “NK Biggest Fattest loser.” Now as you all know, I am on a mission to get some of this excess weight shifted.

What better way to do it than take part in a fat losing competition among my peers! So basically, the way that it works is that we get the percentage of our body fat taken today. This is done using the Poliquin Bio-Signature method using callipers. I was totally dreading it, I only took it upon myself to do some research on what it actually was that we were doing and safe to say… I shit my pants!!

The other night me and my wife decided to take ourselves off and go on an adventure somewhere, just go to the train station and pick somewhere off the board. You are probably wondering why I am telling you this. Well we were running around this morning packing stuff up in the bag for the overnight stay in wherever we were going to go. Which meant that I forgot to pack some bloody shorts!!

Now when I got on the train to Newcastle to get to the gym, Amy (my wife) asked me, “Dom, did you not pack any shorts? How you going to get your reading taken?” Instant panic set in!! My brain went into overdrive thinking shit shit shit!! I was totally thinking that my body fat was going to be above 30% but when it came to the crunch, I was quite happy with the reading that came out!!

The reading itself was an interesting experience. Kat, who took the all the measurements was awesome, she was really informative and stuff and gave us good feedback and told us what we should be working on. So when I was getting my readings taken, without bloody shorts on she had to get to my knees, my quads and thighs… It was, try and shimmy my jeans up far enough or just drop them… I came to the conclusion that I would probably look like less of a knob if I just stripped down.

So picture this, I was stood there, no top on, my jeans round my ankles and Kat was there with the callipers inspecting every jiggly bit of my body. I felt totally on show!! I have never felt so exposed in my entire life, granted it was only me and Kat in the changing rooms but I can safely say, I will be taking shirts next time!!

So the reading itself came out to be 25% body fat, which means, of the 96.5kg that I am, 72.5kg of that is lean mass. The areas that require the most attention are my pectorals, umbilicals and my quadriceps. What Kat told me is that I need to eat more often. Which I know is right, try to keep my metabolism up throughout the day. That should keep my fat loss active if I keep drinking the right amounts of water and stuff obviously pair that with the exercise that will be done in and out of the gym. I am going to start running again to up my cardio and endurance and be in the gym 4 time a week.

We should hopefully get a reading again in a few weeks time which would be a pretty cool help, get a midway reading so we know what progress we have made and where we still need to work on. I hope I begin to see some changes within my composition which I am sure I will but it is all a work in progress. All working towards one goal… Being able to get in the ring and punch someone in the face!

I am excited for this year, there is a lot of promising things that I am expecting out of 2015! This is it for now, I have rambled on enough for today, I will be back in the gym on Monday! So I will have another blog post up for you on Monday night.

Peace to all and I will see you on the flip side…

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Thanks for the continues support and carrying on reading my blog!

Dom – MTBUK

Sleep IS important!!

I didn’t appreciate the healing power of sleep until last night! Being the first week back at training this week it has been pretty hard going so far! Enjoyable but hard going! The Strength and Conditioning class has now moved to a Monday, which is good because it means that between Monday and Thursday there is a bit of rest and also that it gives us opportunity for another class which happens to be a Clinch class!

So i was in the gym on Monday and Tuesday, now after Monday I could barely walk. To say I could barely walk would actually be an understatement! I was so stiff it was unreal! I thought that I would power through Tuesday and hope for it to get better. Which I did, power through I mean, as for getting better. Not a bloody chance! The amount of squats we did on Monday totally did me in!

After the gym on Tuesday I was feeling pretty good actually, while I was still warm… The more I cooled down after the class the worse the pain got. Now I was hoping to get to the gym on Wednesday, I took my gym bag and started the day with every intention of going, even though I was in a lot of pain. I mean so much so, when I dropped a pen at work, I just left it there because that simple task of picking up a pen became the worlds most difficult task that I didn’t fancy at all!

So after work on Wednesday, I hobbled my way to the station to get the train home. Which I did and all was peaceful. My wife doesn’t finish work until 11pm this week as she is working the late shift, so when i got in, did the normal thing, get a shower, get food and then get on the sofa, I was on the sofa for about an hour and I looked at the clock on my laptop and it read “9:00pm” I thought to myself “is it too early to go to bed?”

Now, I love my sleep! So much so that at 9pm I decided to hit the hay. I woke up when the wife came in for about 5mins, mumbled something that resembled “hello!” then rolled back over to sleep. It was possibly one of the best nights sleep I had had in a very long time. I don’t know what it was that made me sleep so well last night but it was great!

I woke up this morning feeling all kinds of refreshed and definitely ready to get back into the gym! I was still a little sore but it didn’t have a patch on how I felt the day before, which was fantastic!! So I had a good day at work, pretty standard really, throughout the day all I had been thinking about is getting to the gym. Does anyone else do that? When doing something Muay Thai pops onto the mind and you begin top envisage doing a flying knee into a customers face, or teeping them straight in the teeth.

I do often wonder what my life would be like if I hadn’t discovered Muay Thai and the Northern Kings Gym in Newcastle. I guess it would be the same as life was before I met my wife, mundane and boring but when I met her it totally changed my mindset and perception on what was important, which is exactly what Muay Thai has done for me!

It has definitely become my second wife and is definitely one third of my soul mate! Which makes doing this blog and documenting my Muay Thai experience every bit more enjoyable! Which in fact brings me onto my next point. Training tonight.

It was a good session, it was a beginners class and we had a few newbies in so it got stripped right back to basics, which honestly, I absolutely love doing. There is a quote that I have seen somewhere on the internet which I think is very fitting, I’m in now way taking and credit for the quote but I can’t remember where it originated but it went a little something like this…

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – which I soon found out was Bruce Lee when I googled it to confirm I was writing it correctly.

I think this is very very true, which is why I think I enjoy the stripped back classes as much as I do, you get time to practice all techniques. We starting with a jab, back leg kick. We drilled that with our partners for 3mins, switched and then for the second round did it again for another 3mins. For the third round we did the jab then the teep, again 3mins and switched and did another three rounds.

After that we worked on countering the attack, so for the leg kick we worked on catching the kick, we didn’t go onto the next step from that just went to there, we drilled that for 3mins then after that we worked on either catching the teep or taking a step back and getting out of the way of the teep.

So all in all it was a pretty basic session but we got to thrash it on some pads for the best part of 45mins which is always good fun! The one thing I would like to do a little more of is sparring, I am thinking of asking a couple of the lads if they would like to kick about after the class has finished and have a few rounds of sparring after one or two sessions in the week. Which would be pretty fun!

So that’s it for today really. Feeling much better now after the long sleep yesterday and felt pretty good in the gym today which is always a good feeling. I am going to have to start running again to help shift this weight that I have hanging over me at the moment but other than that, I think in a few weeks time after I have been to a few more sessions I will be back feeling to what I was before I took the time off.

Thanks again for reading, the support on twitter, instagram and facebook has been insane! I can’t quite believe the support the blog is getting! So for that I will be forever thankful!

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Thank you again!

Hope you are all well, see you all on the flip side!

Peace! – Dom – MTBUK