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  1. YOKKAO Introduces The All-New & Original Bomber Pad

    YOKKAO Introduces The All-New & Original Bomber Pad

    In its continual quest in developing innovative gear and equipment, YOKKAO has come up with an original pad training equipment unlike anything on the market. With inputs from the trainers and fighters of YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok, the product development team has come up with the all-new Bomber Pad.

    Traditionally, pad training is performed in 2 ways using traditional Thai kick pads: standard and freestyle padwork. The former involves the trainer/pad-holder calling out the action to which the fighter responds according. Freestyle padwork is an advanced form of Muay Thai pad holding. The fighter strikes freely and the trainer reads and responds to meet the incoming strikes.

    To accord the fighters like Saenchai and Manachai even greater freedom during pad training, the Bomber Pad concept was developed and realized. The resulting product looks simple but has been proven and tested to be effective for training. Here are some benefits of the Bomber Pad:

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Qualities of A Good Muay Thai Gym

    Qualities of A Good Muay Thai Gym

    As fight sports get more popular, finding a gym to train martial arts is getting easier year after year. Martial artists are spoilt for choices especially for those living in cities. Muay Thai is widely-acknowledged as one of the most effective stand-up striking arts, leading to the mushrooming of Thai boxing gyms around the world. With so many gyms comes the issue of varying quality and training style.

    People train in the art of 8 limbs for various reasons too. Some do it for fitness, while some do it to compete. Choosing a good Muay Thai gym will depend on the individual’s training objective and so it goes that the qualities of a good gym varies accordingly too. Whether it’s back at home or in Thailand, here are some indicators to look out for when searching for the right Muay Thai gym:

    Good Trainers
    Good trainers are truly what make a good gym. Trainers are the first-line experience for

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  6. When to Visit Bangkok for Muay Thai Vacations

    When to Visit Bangkok for Muay Thai Vacations

    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

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  7. Importance of Hydration While Training Muay Thai in Thailand

    Importance of Hydration While Training Muay Thai in Thailand

    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

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  8. Muay Thai Training with Resistance Bands

    Muay Thai Training with Resistance Bands

    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.

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  9. Benefits of Jumping Rope for Muay Thai

    Benefits of Jumping Rope for Muay Thai

    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

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  10. Importance of Mouthguards for Muay Thai Sparring

    Importance of Mouthguards for Muay Thai Sparring

    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

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