Did you know that there are 3 easy ways to master your
Muay-Thai skills? Let me list down a few forms of improving your skills.
One is through the use of shadowboxing. This technique
is recommended for your footwork and flow. What need to do is move around 360
degrees, this is also a good help for your defense. However, take the time to
position your chin and your hands; what height are they supposed to be? As well
as the placement of your elbows; and moreover be very considerate of your
stance. There is a technique called the mirror shadow box. This technique is
very good but you need to make sure that the only reason you are using it is
for you to get a feedback on your style and stance. In my observation, there
were a few who uses this technique not for the benefits stated above. They have
been using this technique for muscle flexing. It seems that some people were
much more concerned about how they look than that of their techniques.
Second is through Bag Work. There are various types of
bags to practice with. However, it is recommended that you ask your personal
instructor for their assistance in choosing the right bag for you. Now, working
with your bag is just as easy but, you will need to take note of your stance.
It feels good to some to simply smash that bag enhancing the power you are
releasing, but then again, you wouldn’t want to sacrifice your stance, your
guard and technique. Another point that could be clarified on the bag work is
that, you need to make sure that the bag is not only flying over, it would only
mean that you are exerting on the “push the bag” rather than
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Ever wondered what it takes to be a professional
boxer? Apart from having the guts to step into the arena from the start, it
takes years of preparation, dedication, training, and determination to succeed.
Many fighters follow the ‘old school’ approach to
training which has been passed down from trainers to combat to trainers etc …
It follows the basic principles of strength, flexibility, speed, endurance and
Let’s start with perseverance. Many say that boxers
need endurance from marathon runners to keep trying a maximum of 12 rounds.
This is achieved by punishing roadwork (running), often in the early hours of
the morning when the air is clear and no one is around. There are several
different accounts about how far the boxer really ran. Some prefer to run
shorter and faster (4-5 miles with speed), while others will run for longer
distances (10 miles or more). I think the combination of the two is the best
for your preparation – long run initially with hill work to build stamina then
shorten the run and increase speed closer to fight the night by finishing with
a sprint session for speed.
Speed, strength and explosive power are achieved
through working hours in the gym. A typical session will follow the basic
principles of a general fitness routine – warming up, stretching, cardio,
resistance training, cooling, stretching:
Warming up: This will involve 4-6 rounds of duration
of 3 minutes shadow-boxing with a 1 minute break between turns. The purpose of
this is to involve your muscular-nerve pathways (training activities that must
be followed so that your mind and body are activated) and to increase blood
flow and heart rate so that the body is ready for intensive training.
Stretching: Good stretching is
important to help minimize the risk of injury.
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