Monthly Archives: September 2018

  1. YOKKAO Factory Expands to Adjacent Property

    YOKKAO Factory Expands to Adjacent Property

    Prompted by the increasing demand for its product, YOKKAO has just expanded to the adjacent factory next to their current facility. The production operations are set to be installed on the new 30,000 square-feet compound.

    “In terms of quality and design, we are going in an upward direction. In fact, the demand has had an unprecedented increase in the last few years. The new factory will give us the possibility to increase production, while maintaining a high-quality control as well as better logistic management.” said YOKKAO’s production manager, Pinyada Kasetpibaln.

    YOKKAO products are currently available in 23 countries, with 2 warehouses in Asia and Europe to cater to the respective continents. The third warehouse in US will be opened this year to better service the North American markets.

    Besides the new warehouse and the expansion of the factory, YOKKAO has a few more plans in the pipeline. YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok will undergo a renovation to accom

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  2. Saenchai & Manachai Team up for New YOKKAO Seminar Concept

    Saenchai & Manachai Team up for New YOKKAO Seminar Concept

    The YOKKAO Seminar was first launched in December 2011 with the events conducted by famous Muay Thai fighters who impart techniques and their signature moves. Some of the stars who have led the seminars include Buakaw Banchamek, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Saenchai.

    Since 2017, YOKKAO Seminar has become synonymous with the living legend, Saenchai who has led every event as the sole celebrity fighter. Things are about to get a shake-up as YOKKAO Seminar introduces a new concept. YOKKAO young talent, Manachai will join his mentor for a YOKKAO Seminar beginning first in Stuttgart, Germany on 31st January 2019.

    Saenchai is a true icon of Muay Thai, undeniably one of the most well-known figures in the sport. He has been entertaining and educating fans over the last decade all over the world. YOKKAO Seminars with Saenchai give fans a chance to learn a wide range of signature moves that have helped the superstar capture numerous titles over his illustrious career.

    In addition

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  3. Nathan Bendon Replaces Liam Harrison for YOKKAO 32

    Nathan Bendon Replaces Liam Harrison for YOKKAO 32

    Originally set up for a title defense bout against Rambo Phet Por Tor Aor on YOKKAO 32, Liam Harrison’s highly-anticipated return to the YOKKAO ring will now be delayed. The UK number one has just announced that he will be pulling out from the coming event due to injuries.

    Harrison sustained a cut on his right hand two weeks back from sparring which resulted in a vicious swell. After treatment and review by a specialist, the YOKKAO World Champion has been been advised to refrain from sparring, clinching and punching. Given the state of his conditions, he has been declared medically unfit t

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  4. Manachai Headlines YOKKAO Next Generation Phuket!

    Manachai Headlines YOKKAO Next Generation Phuket!

    The search for young Muay Thai talents continue as YOKKAO Next Generation makes its way to Phuket on 30th September.

    More than 2 years since its launch, the talent-search initiative finally sets foot on the popular tourist island. Besides a card of up-and-coming fighters, YOKKAO Next Generation Phuket will be headlined by Manachai, who takes on Max Muay Thai and Nai Khanom Tom Day champion, Phetnarin. It will not be an easy fight for the YOKKAO star but after his July appearance in Prague at All Star Fight 5, Manachai is itching to get back in the ring. The coming fight will also serve as a prelude to his WBC welterweight title shot next month in Hong Kong with YOKKAO 34.

    Phuket has built a reputation for being one of the top destinations for beach-loving tourists and Muay Thai vacationers. The island boasts one of the highest numbers of Muay Thai camps per square mile in Thailand. Outside of Bangkok, Phuket is often another favorite spot to go for the best Muay Thai

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  5. YOKKAO Meets with WBC Muay Thai on China Partnership

    YOKKAO Meets with WBC Muay Thai on China Partnership

    On 19 September, YOKKAO and WBC Muay Thai officials came together for a significant meeting at the prestigious and exclusive Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

    YOKKAO key person, Stefania Picelli along with YOKKAO Hong Kong representative, Jason Fan met up with the newly appointed chairman of the newly formed WBC MuayThai committee for Southern Mainland China, Mr. Song Ke. The trio was hosted by WBC Muay Thai global Chairman, Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and deputy secretary general, Kevin Noone to discuss on possible collaborations in the Greater China region.

    Mr Song Ke, who is the owner of the

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  6. YOKKAO Ready for Muay Thai Takeover in Hong Kong!

    YOKKAO Ready for Muay Thai Takeover in Hong Kong!

    For the third year in a row, YOKKAO will hold its acclaimed official event in the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong. YOKKAO 33 - 34 finds its way back to last year’s venue of Kowloon International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) on 29 October, with a stellar lineup and explosive matchups.

    In the YOKKAO 34 main event, Manachai will take on Brazilian fighter Julio Lobo in a highly-anticipated match off for the prestigious WBC Muay Thai world welterweight title. It has been a long-awaited title shot for Manachai and with the gold up for grab, the fight is bound to erupt into an all-out war zone.

    YOKKAO 33 will see the return of Singdam to the ring as the headlining act since his last fight in May. The multitime Thailand champion is back to show why he’s still one of the toughest fighters in the scene. The coming Hong Kong double event also pits members of the YOKKAO Fight Team against top fighters in the Chinese territory. Other than familiar YOKKAO faces like Yodchai, Nob

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  7. Guide to Heavy Bag Training for Muay Thai

    Guide to Heavy Bag Training for Muay Thai

    Bag work is a standard and important part of Muay Thai, and also for almost all stand-up striking. After adequate warm-up, and perhaps a few rounds doing shadow boxing, it’s off for a few rounds on the heavy bags. There are various ways of training with a heavy bag in Muay Thai as it is a versatile equipment. It can be used to build cardio endurance, strength, power, and balance. Common ways of heavy bag training include repetitive striking (e.g. 100 kicks, 100 knees, 1-minute punches), freestyle bag work, resistance band workout, and combination drills.

    Benefits of Heavy Bag Training

    There’s a reason why bag work is an essential component at every single Muay Thai training session. In fact, here are the top 5 reasons:

    Power
    The impact of training with heavy bags leads to the strengthening of muscles and bones over time. This allows the body to better withstand the hard impact and

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  8. Benefits of Battle Ropes Training for Muay Thai

    Benefits of Battle Ropes Training for Muay Thai

    The advent and improvements in sports science have allowed athletes of all disciplines to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. As the sport of Muay Thai advances, trainers have begun to experiment with progressive training methods to boost the performance of their fighters.

    So far, the consensus is that high intensity interval training  (HIIT) works best for fighters in terms of building endurance, strength, agility and power. Besides using resistance bands which was discussed in an earlier article, another of the most popular exercises for fight gyms is battle ropes training.

    While the history of training with ropes goes back to ancient times, battle ropes exercises as we know them today, are systematized over the past decade or so. It was initially designed for strongman competitions but subsequently found its way into fight sports and even mainstream gyms. For fight gyms and trainers who have stuck

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  9. Manachai To Fight for WBC World Title in Hong Kong!

    Manachai To Fight for WBC World Title in Hong Kong!

    It’s been a long time coming for YOKKAO’s bright young star, Manachai but his long-awaited title shot has arrived. Come 29th October, he will take on Brazilian fighter, Julio Lobo for the coveted WBC Muay Thai World Welterweight title at YOKKAO 34.

    The WBC championship belts are widely acknowledged to be among the most prestigious titles in the world. Many Thai champions present and past have held WBC titles at some points in their careers. It goes without saying that Manachai will be giving all he has got to have the belt around his waist. His opponent, Julio Lobo is a regular face on the Thailand circuit who has not only fought on top promotions but also against the likes of Saenchai, Pakorn, and Victor Pinto. This will be no walkover for the YOKKAO fighter and a main event guaranteed to bring the house down.

    The collaboration with WBC is a new beginning that has opened the doors for further partnerships down the road. For the event in Hong Kong, representatives fro

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  10. Essential Guide to Choosing The Best Muay Thai Gloves

    Essential Guide to Choosing The Best Muay Thai Gloves

    The first and most important gear for anyone taking up Muay Thai is a pair of gloves. Finding the right pair, especially for a beginner, can be a daunting task. There are so many models available from different brands that it can be hard to make a decision.

    Muay Thai gloves are designed to protect the hands by absorbing the impact of the blows. However, glove design is not simply an act of putting foam in leather. There are many factors to take into consideration in order to come up with boxing gloves that protect, feels comfortable and even look good.

    How to choose the right boxing gloves? This is a question many people would find themselves asking when they start training in pugilistic sports such as Muay Thai, boxing or kickboxing. There are several key factors to consider:

    Size
    Proper glove sizes are measured in ounces (oz). The choice of gloves weight depends on the weight of

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