Monthly Archives: August 2018
Posted: August 29, 2018|||
For 5 days from now till 3rd September, YOKKAO will be celebrating Labor Day with a storewide sale. To show appreciation for the contributions made by workers around the world, all YOKKAO products in the online store will receive 20% off usual prices during this limited time period!
Labor Day is celebrated around the world and the date varies across the globe. In many countries, it commonly occurs around 1st May which is why it is also widely known as May Day. In the United States, Labor Day is fixed on the first Monday of September. During this holiday, it has become customary for merchants in the country to dish out great discounts.
This year, YOKKAO is joining in the celebration to offer some of the best deals for the season. It’s time for a well-deserved break and a well-deserved treat. Now’s a good time to load up on a few new pieces of Muay Thai gear and apparel to rock in the gym. Nothing beats a good session of Muay Thai training for a good dose of stress-relieving end
Posted: August 28, 2018|||
It’s a dream for Muay Thai enthusiasts around the world - to take a trip to the sport’s country of origin.
Every year, thousands upon thousands of visitors descend upon Thailand for training vacations. During the course of days, weeks or months, Muay Thai practitioners and beginners immerse themselves in the intensive training that have given the world its best champions and legends.
Bangkok city is without a doubt, the mecca of Muay Thai. The world’s eminent stadiums of Lumpinee and Rajadamnern are both found in the capital, along with the country’s top Muay Thai camps. Other than the reasons mentioned, Bangkok offers an efficient public transport system, diverse world-class attractions and endless entertainment outlets. All of these combine for a truly unique vacation that is unlike anywhere in the world.
Timing is always important when it comes to planning for such a trip. Given that the equator is just 15 degrees south of the country, Thailand is known for its
Posted: August 25, 2018|||
Few workouts in the world can compare to Muay Thai when it comes to the intensity. A full session of Muay Thai training can easily burn over 1000 calories! It’s not surprising why more and more people are taking up the sport for fitness or weight-loss.
Every year, thousands of Muay Thai enthusiasts come to Thailand to learn the art in its land of birth. While the training is in itself a challenging workout, the country’s heat adds to the intensity. It is not uncommon for foreigners to overtrain within the first week, largely due to the year-round tropical climate. Temperatures frequently go above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or up to 40 degree Celsius between March to May. Even during the cooler season from November through February, 100-degree (F) days are common. Coupled with the high humidity that permeates the country for most parts of the year, getting drenched in perspiration is the order of the everyday.
Most first-timers to Thailand underestimate the humid heat and
With the advancements in sports science and research, athletes and trainers around the world have incorporate various training methods to achieve the best performance. Muay Thai has jumped on the wagon with camps both inside and outside of Thailand supplementing traditional trainings with various strengthening/conditioning exercises. Other than kettle bells, medicine balls, and various plyometrics exercises, one tool, in particular, has found its way into Muay Thai gyms around the world. It is none other than the resistance band, which is gradually becoming a commonplace equipment as part of a fighter’s training routine.
The history of resistance band is well-documented with origins from the late 19th century. Elastic bands were introduced around the mid-20th century and became very popular with martial arts training over the past decade. A key reason for its popularity in Muay Thai and many combat sports is that it integrates almost seamlessly with traditional training methodology.
Posted: August 21, 2018||
Visit any Muay Thai gym in Thailand and it’s a prevalent practice to begin each training session with a run or a few rounds on the jump rope. Rope-jumping, or skipping, is a simple, traditional but still one of the most widely-used warm-up exercises for Muay Thai.
The benefits are numerous and go beyond preparing the body for the intense training ahead. Jumping rope is one of the most loathed exercises, especially for unconditioned beginners new to the sport. It’s not uncommon to feel calf muscle fatigue just a couple of minutes on the jump rope. Skipping can also feel mundane compared to a scenic jog in the park. It’s no surprise why many people choose to give up after just a few minutes or give up on it altogether.
The fact is that skipping is a favored exercise routine for not only Muay Thai fighters but also boxers and many other fight sports athlete. It’s because the simple workout comes with many benefits. Don’t skip the skipping warm-up for Muay Thai training
For those who have embarked on the path of training Muay Thai, sparring is the the next step after those initial months learning all the basic moves and techniques.
Sparring is an intermediate-level training to help put basic moves into practice against a partner, and helps to bridge the gap between training and actual competitive fighting. Besides wearing heavier gloves and shin guards, mouthguard is also an indispensable protective tool in sparring.
The most commonly cited and important reasons for wearing mouth guard is that it keeps the wearer’s teeth intact and protecting against lip lacerations. Muay Thai is a full-contact fight sport and getting punched in the face is all part of the game. Accidents occur from time to time in sparring, so wearing mouthguards can help to minimize or prevent oral damage. The act of biting down also helps to stabilize the jaws which can reduce the risks of jaw fractures or sprains.
Wearing mouthguards takes some getting u
Posted: August 13, 2018|||
The world’s premier Muay Thai talent-search initiative is coming to Scotland once again this 22nd September. YOKKAO Next Generation is set to return to On-X Linwood Sports Centre, in the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire for an evening of lip-smacking Muay Thai action.
Organized in partnership with local promoter, Robert Morrison, the event will feature up-and-coming Scottish fighters as they pit their skills against each other to be recognized as among the region’s best. The organizers have promised to outdo the last event held in February which was met with overwhelmingly positive response from all who attended.
Since its introduction in 2016, YOKKAO Next Generation has grown to become one of the most prominent programs for discovering and grooming budding Muay Thai athletes around the world. Over the last 2 years, the talent-search initiative has left its footprint in countries like Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Uruguay, and England. Italy is next on the list as the eve
Posted: August 11, 2018||
Over the past few years, more and more kids are taking up Muay Thai training all around the world. They are not just training as a recreational sport but are competing in world championships. In 2017, YOKKAO Next Generation Kids was introduced in UK to give young fighters a stage to compete on, providing wider exposure and a potential career in professional Muay Thai as they proceed down the path. Through the immense hard work of the entire team, and support of the Muay Thai community, YOKKAO Kids has grown rapidly to become one of the most prominent platforms in the world for junior Muay Thai competitors. The next obvious step for the event is to bring the concept worldwide. With the plan for global expansion, comes the need for realigning the event’s focus and structure. However, the efforts to expand have been met with resistance due to restrictions arising from associating the brand strictly with just one federation in UK. Since day one, it is YOKKAO's vision to work with
Posted: August 08, 2018||
After being denied the Channel 7 Stadium belt in February despite his win, and a cancelled match against Rambo Pet Por Tor Or for the Champion of Thailand belt in March, Manachai is looking once again to get his deserving title shot. It’s been a long wait for the YOKKAO star and Manachai has taken to his Instagram to call out current Lumpinee 147lbs Champion, Rafi Bohic for a title match. The 2 welterweights were originally supposed to face off in May but the fight had to be postponed as Manachai had already committed to All Star Fight in Hong Kong. As of the latest Lumpinee standings for the welterweight class (147 lbs), Manachai is ranked at the sixth spot. He was placed at the number one position during his formative years at Kiatmoo9 camp so this is a title quest a long time coming. Manachai is coming off a year of stunning results, winning 12 out of his last 13 fight appearances. Rafi himself has also defended his title successfully on 2 separate occasions since taking
Posted: August 07, 2018||
In about 2 months’ time, the highly-anticipated YOKKAO 31 - 32 will be staged in Bolton Macron Stadium for another showcase of the best Muay Thai action. Elite athletes from UK and Thailand will come together to compete for glory, fame, and also the coveted YOKKAO World Champion belt. An ensemble of a-listers has already been confirmed for the show. Many of them are regulars on YOKKAO and household names in the international Muay Thai scene. YOKKAO 31 - 32 will be headlined by the title defense of local hero and UK number 1: Liam Harrison. In what is a highly-anticipated fight and return to the YOKKAO ring, Harrison is set to face Thai elite fighter, Rambo Pet Por Tor Or. Rambo is a formidable and technical fighter and will no doubt, give the YOKKAO World Champion a run for his money with an explosive matchup that is sure to blow the roof off. On top of the title match, the other fight to look out for will star rising UK fighter, Jonathan Haggerty against one of the most