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

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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!

You know where to catch us

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Thank you again!

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

Peace! – Dom – MTBUK

The beginning of “Mission Lodge”

I don’t even really know where to start with this one really… it was the first session back training today and mission lodge has officially began!

There is a story behind mission lodge so I will explain as it will become something of a focus of mine over the course of the next few months. in about October/November time I had acquired the nickname ‘Podge’ because of my big bones and thick set. basically, I’m fat ha ha.

Something I embrace and hold my hands up to. Something I have wrote about in previous blogs, I am sure! So whenever I needed motivating when doing a session with Craig he would always play the Podge card…

“C’mon Podge” he would say “Can’t slack now Podge!”

It did actually work, so Podge was my name… towards the end of the year I was commenting on something via Facebook or some other social media site and I had made a typo… I can’t remember it word for word but it mentioned Lodge instead of Podge.

So by Lodge it means lean podge, Lodge! I love it ha ha! So now that the new year is here and I am on a mission to get the excess weight shifted so I can begin to compete! So “Mission Lodge” has began!

All the lads now are in a position where they are getting fights lined up and a little bit of me is quite jealous because it is something that I really want to be able to do.

To be honest I aren’t in any rush to do so, I want to be ready both mentally and physically. Which I am sure I will be in time. What I keep reminding myself is, I have only been training for 8 months so not long at all really! Muay Thai has quickly become a massive part of my life!

Training tonight! Wow! To say it hurts would be a fucking massive understatement! I haven’t really trained properly since the end of November so it has been like a full month since I’ve had to really push myself! I have ate awfully, not exercised at all and just generally been quite lazy which is why the blog kind of took a back seat too and i am now weighing in at 97kg!

The training session though, we had two sessions tonight, strength and conditioning and also a Thai/K1 class. The S&C was more of a technique based class working on technique on basic exercises like goblet squats, press ups, dislocates, pull a parts, wall squats etc but it was still really challenging! We did 10 sets of three exercises, goblet squat, push up and jumping lunges but each set would decrease in a number it went 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and so on and so on with no rest.

Because it was the first session back it was really busy! One of the lads said give it a few weeks, there will only be 5 or 6 of us here, which is true, everyone is on a buzz at the moment to get back into training and i am sure it will soon pass for some but for me it will only kick into a higher gear!

After S&C it was the Thai/K1 session which I have been looking forward to! Since the first 10mins of the S&C sessions beginning I soon became very apprehensive because I was totally knackered but I managed to power through!

In the session we started on working on the overhand right as a slip from a jab! So we paired up, and got working on slipping the jab and returning with the overhand right then the left body as the first drill, then it was taking a step back then returning with the overhand and the left body again. After that we added kicks in.

So as our partner would jab we would do a right body kick followed by a left hook to the head. We drilled that for a few rounds and then went on to spar what it was that we had covered in the class. So we did one for one, but would mix it up by doing either the slip overhand right, left body shot or the right kick and then the left hook to the head.

We did that for about 15mins changing every 3mins. As an added extra we had to add a boxing combination on the end of whatever we did to put the K1 spin on it. It wasn’t to hurt our partner but to show that the work rate was up.

In the final 15mins of the classes the dreaded word got called out by Craig. “FITNESS!!!!” Uh oh!! Fitness!

So for this we had to do 20 squats, 20 squat jumps and 20 seconds isometric squat hold. Absolutely bloody horrendous! I was one of the last ones to finish but I was proud of the fact that I didn’t skip anything or didn’t miss any out. I made a point of following everything I was given through to the end!!

It felt good to be back in the gym! I am looking forward to being back in a good routine and getting into some sort of fit shape!

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Head on over to twitter and give me a follow and say Hello 🙂 go over to Facebook and give us a like and say Hi! Instagram is being updated pretty regularly so head on over and keep up to date with pictures like the featured picture on this post is something that I made myself!

Thanks for reading everyone, it means so much for the support I keep getting here at Muay Thai Blog UK. It really means so much! Hopefully I can bring you something that you find entertaining!

Peace and love and all the best for the coming weeks in 2015! Dom from MTBUK

Today has been a productive day for MTBUK

Hey Everyone,

I hope everyone has a good time over the Christmas period. Now that the festive celebrations have come to an end it is time to get things kick started.

I know I haven’t really posted recently and I apologise for that. I have had a various amount of things happening recently which means my Muay Thai journey has taken a back seat.

Now that the new year is here and I am pumped and ready to get back into my Muay Thai training I am so excited to get MTBUK back up and running and get the ideas in full swing.

I have been doing a few things behind closed doors, getting lined up to get all up in your grill when the time is right. The one thing that I will share with you though is the new logo that I have been working on. It is something that has evolved over a period of time to what it is now.

I am quite proud of it if I am honest and it might still change again in the future as the blog and the different areas of social media that I use change and evolve it might be that the logo changes too.

So here it is….

MTBUK logo

Please don’t forget that you can all catch me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for you mobile users, I also have a YouTube channel that I use or will use in the future once I begin to put things into play.

All you have to do is click the hyperlinks on the names of the social media site, head on over, give it a like or subscribe of follow which ever it requires you to do to keep up to date with all the stuff that I will be getting in your face very soon!

Again, thank you for the continued support of Muay Thai Blog UK and everything that anyone does means so much! Every like or follow or comment which you make is awesome and makes me feel as though I am actually doing something that means something!

Hope you all have had a fantastic time off and now hope you are all ready to grab the new year by the horns and give it a head kick into the right now!

Peace! Dom – MTBUK

Today’s Interclub was ace!!!

Yo yo!!! It’s Dom here from MTBUK!

Hows it going? Today’s interclub was totally amazing! It was such a wicked experience I don’t really have words to describe how it felt being in the ring but I will give it a shot!

First martin was on, he did so well. When i first began sparring, I did a few rounds with him and he was quite heavy handed, which was quite the eye opener for me! He did well in his round though! It was good that it was non-competative, that kind of put my mind at ease really. He was the first of us to go up out of the group of people that went with us from Northern Kings.

I was second to go up. I thought I had longer than I did but I had just got changed and finished wrapping my hands and then my name was called. they must have had a shuffle of the running sequence. Either way, I think it was a good thing because i didn’t really have time to psych myself out. I was totally nervous, I had been up and down all night last night because I was thinking about it quite a lot. When I got in the ring it kind of felt natural. All of the nerves went away and the adrenaline kicked in! Everything else in the room disappeared and all I could think about it was what was in front of me.

I think I did pretty well to say it was my first experience in the ring. It started quite slow, the guy who I was sparring with was a little taller than me and had a really mean old teep! Using both his back leg and his front leg. I got a little video that my wife recorded but she was quite far away and didn’t turn the phone on the side so it isn’t fantastic quality. By the end of the rounds we were going quite heavily. It wasn’t full 3 minute rounds, we did five 1 minute rounds which was just right for me and the level i am at currently.

I took a few heavy shots but I like to think I gave a few back. I managed to somewhat use my kicks to my advantage. I do have a lot to learn, that is a fact. Mainly on my defences!

The other lads did so well too! I was a proud team mate! I have got some videos that I am currently uploading to YouTube so I will put the link into my next blog when I manage to get them up because they are taking an absolute lifetime to do so!

The other lads utilised other skills needed in Muay Thai, some of the lads used the clinch a bit more whereas I was quite distant and used boxing and kicking. Andrew in particular was good in the clinch! That was good to watch. I guess a big part of getting in the ring is listening to your corner, it’s hard when you are concentrating so much on what you are doing and what your opponent is doing.

I love it! There really isn’t a feeling like it. Like I said, I will post the videos on here so you can see them all, let me know what you think of them :).

Finally I just want to let you know, the blog has had a lot of views and attention over the past 48 hours. I have doubled my views and subscribers. I have now made a YouTube channel to which I am uploading the videos, and the Twitter and Facebook I am using now too! Something crazy happened last night too! The Muay Thai equipment provider Sandee wrote to me on twitter and asked me if I might like to, one some point, like to write a guest blog post for them! WHAT!!! SANDEE, asking ME to write a post for them! I was totally Flabbergasted (love that word)!! Here is a link to their website, have a look at the stuff they can do for you, they stock all sorts of things you would need in your Muay Thai journey from gloves, shin pads, thai pads, bags, wraps you name it!! All very high quality products, all the items I use are made by Sandee.

Head on over to the pages, give them a like, follow, subscribing to. I will be updating each of the pages regularly with new content, trying to keep it fresh and stuff. I am in the process of creating a website so I have a decent place to share the blogs and let people share their thoughts and feelings with me too!

Thank you for all the support I’ve had so far! It means so much, again, if you ever have any questions, just give me a shout and I will reply as soon as I can!! Thank you again! Take care and I will be posting again very soon!

Peace! Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK

Just a quick one to let you know where to find me…

I primarily use twitter – at https://twitter.com/MuayThaiBlogUK  head on over to there and give it a follow. Any follow is greatly appreciated! It helps keeps you updated more easily, i share things from other people, motivational photos, quotes.

Facebook is used a little more sparingly. I am only just getting into using Facebook for this sort of thing –   https://www.facebook.com/MuayThaiBlogUK  –  this is where to find me on there. head on over and give the page a like, i am beginning to start using it a little more as i begin to get used to it.

Every reader means so much! From wherever you are in the world it is amazing really, how my words can reach that far across the world. I find it so empowering and kind of flabbergasting (i love that word!!) how just by the few clicks of a button my words and thoughts can reach so far so fast!!

But yeah, this place isn’t for a rant, this is for all things Muay Thai! Wish me luck for my interclub tomorrow!

Peace!! – Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK

Wednesdays session!!

What’s up everyone!!

How’s it going? Mid week over the hump now, downhill to the weekend now!!

Managed to get two sessions in tonight. One strength and conditioning and one thai class. Was a good solid two hours working.

For strength we warmed up by doing dislocates, pull aparts and wall squats. Dislocates are done with a plastic pipe, hold it double shoulder width apart and go over your head and right behind your back. This works on the flexibility of your shoulders.
Pull aparts are done with a rubber band, a big rubber band, not one you would use to hold a bunch of letters together. Hold it again between shoulder and double shoulder width apart and do what the name says really, pull the band apart. This works the shoulder again but is more or a strength exercise. Wall squats, you face the wall and put your arms out wide with your palms facing the wall, it’s all about keeping a good posture, your back straight and your knees out wide. We did 10 of each 3 times round.

After that we worked a little more on the wall squat. Not with your hands out wide this time, we had our hands above our heads resting on the wall, and same principle, keeping your back straight and knees wide. This works your upper back and on your flexibility of your shoulders.

For the technical side of the strength class we work on above head squats (I’m sure that’s not the name but fuck it :D), we worked first of all with the plastic pipes we did the dislocates with, holding the pipe above our heads but in line with our spines. Keeping it there we would go down into the squat position, keeping your back straight and making your knees go out wide. After we got the general gist of it down, we then went onto weighted bars, so we did 2 sets of 5 with an 8kg bar then we did 2 sets of 5 with a 20kg bar. Again, the biggest challenge of this lift, is keeping the bar in the right place just above your head but not so much that it goes over your back and not so far forward that it if in front of you when you squat.

After that, Craig said the dreaded words “right, that’s enough of the technical stuff, let’s get you tired.” Now for all the people who have trained with me. They know I moan something fucking rotten. Not intentionally because I do enjoy it really, I just like a good moan. The exercise was using kettle bells and doing push ups.

We partnered up and got ourselves a designated set of kettle bells. I got an okay card if I’m totally honest. It wasn’t too bad. It was two 16kg kettle bells. So what we had to do was have them resting on our shoulders with our elbows up and supporting them. Like you would hold a bar for a press but obviously with kettle bells. We squat and then strict press them up. It is sort of the motion that you would do with a medicine ball if you are throwing them up against a wall. So squat down, as you come up, press the kettle bells up and bring them back down to your shoulders and go back down into the squat.

Our partner would do one press up for each rep we did of our exercise. We had to do 10 reps 3 times round. It doesn’t sound like a great deal but fuck me, it was absolutely horrific on the second and third time round. At this point I was thinking, awesome, technical exercise, done. The more strenuous exercise done. I was all ready to go don the wraps and glove and ready to get into the class but oh no… Ohhhh no!! Glanced over to the clock and we still had 15 mins left of the class.

The next part of the class was quite fun actually, we had to do forward rolls, jumping forward rolls and then head and hand stands. One of the lads said “oooo rolly pollies” ha ha, which is pretty much what we were doing, brought back a little bit of the childhood! But then Craig, because he has a bit of a fetish for seeing us all suffer, he made us do a jumping forward roll, into a burpee, then another forward roll into a burpee and well you get the picture!!

After that we worked on the head stand, we would get ourselves into position, which is your hands and head to make a triangle, bring your knees to your elbows and rest there for a moment until you get your composure, if you could at the point, bring your legs up so they are vertical. This works your core, arms and shoulders in supporting your own body weight. To finish the class off we did handstands against the wall and if you could go down and do a push up you would have to do that. Now weighing in at nearly 95kg and having done what we have done in the class, I did struggle with that but I did manage to get three or four reps of the press ups. Much to my relief it was time to finish the strength class.

For the Thai class today we worked the body kick and getting the timing right. At first we partnered up, one of us has thai pads and one of us had gloves on. The one of us with pads had to be out of range of the attacker, being unpredictable in their approach, walk in and you would have to body kick them across the body to stop them.
You would think this is easy but timing is important and the positioning of your leg when you kick. You would have to time it so when they were just getting into range you would kick, again, like I said yesterday with your shoulder and hips facing the direction you are kicking, so if you are kicking with your back leg, you are kicking in a leftward motion, so your hips and shoulder would be facing left.

Next, same guy holding the pads, he would walk in so far, the attacker would jab, the pad man would throw a left hook back at you, the attacker would bounce back on his back leg to then come forward and finish with a right body kick. It wasn’t the most difficult of drills but it was all about getting the timing and the technique right. We then swapped and let the pad man have a go at defending.

Next, we were drilling the same kind of exercise one for one. We both had gloves and shin pads on, this is where the timing came into play really. One person would be coming in and doing a one two combination, for those of you who don’t know what a one two combination is (where the fuck have you been hiding!!), is a jab with your lead hand, then a cross with your back hand. Making sure when you jab, that you keep your chin down and covered by your shoulder and your right hand covering the right side of your face.

So, the one two combination, the defender had to time the body kick just right to get the kick to hit the ribs of the attacker to stop him, what we were doing on the pads but in a fight situation. This was more difficult than I thought it was going to be. The way Craig described it was, if you are parrying the jab then you have already missed your opportunity for the kick to land. As soon as you see the jab coming, that’s when you have to throw your leg into their ribs, purely because if you do it right, neither the jab or the right (or left if you are Southpaw) will have a chance of getting you because your leg is across the body and your head is slightly off the centre line.

We did that for a little while, switching partner ever 3 or so minutes. To finish the class. We had to do, what Craig absolutely loves, fucking burpees. I’m not a fan of burpees, if anyone tells you they like burpees they are lying. Fact. He likes to squeeze them in wherever he can, so surely enough he said, “to finish off lads, get 20 burpees done and we can call it a night.” Well fuck me, after the strength and the Thai class, I was totally knackered, I was glad to be getting out of there, onto the train and get writing this for you all.

That’s pretty much what we did, I’m in the process of writing a little something about my experiences so far and what is running through my head while training, my first ever experience in the gym.

I’m wearing of the fact that I’ve been droning on for ages now, probably boring the shit out of you all in the process but if you’re reading this and are still awake, congratu fucking lations ha ha. You know where I am if you have any questions or suggestions about what I write about or what I should write about, drop me a line. You can find me on Twitter at @muaythaibloguk , this is where I will be posting motivational pictures and posts and stuff. I haven’t set up a Facebook for this yet and I may do in the future depending on how much traffic ends up coming through

That’s it for tonight. Peace!!