… And new!

So last night there were two new world champions crowned! Last night Facebook was a buzz with fighters and spectators alike all sharing their predictions and thoughts. Yokkao is renowned for its consistency is putting out fantastic shows. Yokkao 17 & 18 was no different.

yokkao 17&18

I wasn’t there so I can’t pass judgement on what happened with any of the fights but the news of the two main events of the show have been circulating my news feed all day! First of all, fighting for the 65kg YOKKAO world title, was Liam Harrison from the world famous Bad Company gym in Leeds and his very worth opponent was Tetsuya Yamato from Japan. Tetsuya recently fought Pakorn who actually beat Liam last time they met and won! So everything was on the line for this upcoming encounter.

The title was only put on the line last week as Pakorn’s last three fights were lost which means he was made, by YOKKAO rules, to vacate his world title. This left the belt up for grabs by these two warriors! Through reading Facebook, I have heard it was a close bout, some say that either fighter could have took it but Liam deserved the win. He mentioned in his post-fight video that he adapted his game plan, rather than hurting them with leg kicks, he would kick and move, kick and move. Which in turn got him the win over the Jap!

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I can imagine it being a very proud moment for Liam, this was his sixth world title win and one he most definitely deserved!

Who do you think he will have to defend it against next?

The main event for YOKKAO 18 was not only a revenge bout but one that held a lot of substance for Jordan Watson. With the last encounter that Jordan had with the Swede even he can admit, Sanny made an example of him really. He gassed early and in turn, was over turned but Dahlbeck.

Since the loss, the rematch was wanted by all the fans (and Jordan and Sanny) and this time round the fighters definitely didn’t disappoint. As I said before, I wasn’t there to watch it but I can imagine it was all kinds of a war! I can’t wait to see the videos that YOKKAO will no doubt be posting very soon for all of our viewing pleasure!

On the run up to the fight Jordan recently went out to Thailand to train for the fight at the new YOKKAO Training centre in Bangkok to train with Saenchai and Singdam being just two names that were there to help him prepare. He said in an interview before the fight that this was the hardest he has train for a fight and he was totally ready to give everything in the ring to get the belt back.

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And that he did! He has now being crowned the 70kg YOKKAO world champion! Both the fighters looked over the moon with their wins. It was definitely a good day at the office for Bad Co. I will post the videos of the fights on here when they eventually go live on YouTube for you to watch.

I would like to say a massive well done and congratulations to these two awesome fighters! They deserve everything and are a prime example of hard work paying off! Catch them here saying a few words after their fights last night!

 

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Take it easy and keeping working hard!

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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

New feel to the YOKKAO site

Hey!!

There has been a recent re-vamp of the YOKKAO site to give it a more simpler more aesthetically pleasing feel and look. I think it is awesome! It has been a little while since I have posted with them but am now back in the game after they have took a holiday and let the dust settle from YOKKAO 14 & 15.

A shot of the new YOKKAO site

A shot of the new YOKKAO site

It was an amazing opportunity to be able to wear my ‘STAFF’ band at the event just over two weeks ago. It was a shame that I really wasn’t feeling well so just took the time to sit and enjoy the fights really. Next time round I will take the chance to go and meet and greet with the fighters and stuff.

I am in the process of doing a write up of the event, so if any of my readers were there and they would like to be featured on the YOKKAO site with their comments about what they thought of the event then you can drop me an email with your name and what you thought to muaythaibloguk@gmail.com.

I am thinking about building a new website and a new home for MTBUK and when I get the ball rolling on this I will be looking for sponsors to advertise their sites and feature within posts on MTBUK which will in turn increase traffic to their sites/blogs/shops and then improve their sales of increase their audience. I am a long way off reaching out to particular people for this but I just want to begin putting this out there for future incase you might want to get involved.

The Bolton Macron arena for YOKKAO 14

The Bolton Macron arena for YOKKAO 14

I am getting my headspace back to where it needs to be in regards to my writing, I am going to get back into training twice a week to give me a kick start back into it after having 3 months off. It is hard to write about training when I aren’t training myself. I will get there, I intent to start writing for both MTBUK and for YOKKAO on a regular basis, I have been drawing my motivation from Sean Fagan’s Muay Thai Guy and Joe Rogan’s podcast too!

Lets see what will happen over the coming weeks and hope I make some good headway in building a portfolio of content for YOKKAO and keeping you guys up to date with what is going on!

Until then, keep training hard! If you would like to give me a shout about what you are up to, you can find me either on Twitter or Facebook finally you can keep up to date on my writings with YOKKAO at www.yokkao.com/news/author/dom

Peace!

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

I’ve hit one year training!!

So I looked on my Facebook memories app today and it showed me something I knew was coming up. My one year anniversary since my first ever Muay Thai session.
What an awesome year it has been!! It’s crazy how much I have come on as a person since first stepping into Northern Kings!! Credit to Craig, Linda, Juan and the whole gang over at NK for being so welcoming and warm!

As someone who was totally new to the sport and had never really done anything in respect of a combat sport it was totally alien to me but since then I have met some wicked people, started this blog, had 3 interclubs, met and spoke to some massive names in the sport and also learnt one or two Muay Thai techniques. I never imagined that a year down the line Thai boxing would be such a big part of my life.

So much has changed in this year, I have been married, I now have a child on the way, I have changed roles at my job and began a new venture with people I have met through doing the blog (PunchLine Fights) but to sum up what has really changed is my outlook on life and I have Muay Thai to thank for that!

I have learned that, if you put your mind to it, anything is possible and the blog is evidence of that. Since beginning the blog, I had planned it to be just a documentation of my experiences and training journey, which in essence is exactly what it is but it has opened a door for me to start something which really has the potential to be something special.

I have also learned that your body is capable of much more than you could ever imagine. Not only taking punches, pushing yourself through the mental block to actually go to the gym but to push yourself further and further with a goal in sight. To one day be able to get in the ring and fight.
I am by no means close to fighting, I am still well over weight to fight but given the skills I have learnt in this year, if I get the weight off, I get the feeling that it wouldn’t be far from the accomplishable!
This post really is to people who are thinking about joining the Muay Thai community and to those who ‘don’t think they could do it’ or ‘I am too old.’ You are never too old. You can do it! If you read my previous post about having reasons to start Muay Thai then that will kind of put things into perspective.

It is something special. Something that will now be with me for the rest of my life. I intend to show my unborn child the life of Muay Thai and the way of a Nak Muay because it not only teaches you to be a special sort of person, it teaches you respect, perseverance and loyalty which are key characteristics for any person.

I look forward to many more years in the Muay Thai or the martial arts world in general. With my new site (which is in the process of being built at the moment) it is a Martial Arts magazine where I will be reporting on MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai and many more. I hope you head over and give the site a once over when I have got it up and running.
For now, this is me, I am going to have some spinach, chicken and brown rice and until the next time… Train hard, be respectful and share the love for Muay Thai.

Peace and love

Dom – MTBUK/PunchLine Fights

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

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

Twitter www.twitter.com/MainEventMT

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

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Thanks for reading! Take care and keep being awesome!

Peace love and respect to all! Dom – MTBUK