Muay Thai / MMA Reviews
Posted: January 15, 2019||
2019 is already upon us with YOKKAO 35 - 36 less than two weeks away to kick off a new year of events. 2018 was filled with highlights from our 3 double events as well as a series of Next Generation and Kids shows. We witnessed many all-out wars in the ring, some devastating knockouts, and the crowning of Manachai as the new WBC world welterweight champion. Here’s a recap of the top fights from 2018:
YOKKAO 29: Jonathan Haggerty vs Keith McLachlan
This 59kg battle for the top UK ranking went down in a way that no one e
Posted: December 10, 2018||
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:
Posted: September 18, 2018|||
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:
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
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:
Proper glove sizes are measured in ounces (oz). The choice of gloves weight depends on the weight of
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 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: June 30, 2018||
Launched this year in March, YOKKAO-Amazon stores offer another safe and trusted online platform from which to purchase authentic YOKKAO products. Fans of the premium Muay Thai brand now have access to a range of the latest goods via the USA, Europe and UK Amazon sites. Managed directly by the company with goods sourced from the YOKKAO factory in Thailand, the Amazon store helps avert the emergence of counterfeit YOKKAO products. There have been concerns and reports of fake goods plaguing other Muay Thai brands retailing on Amazon. YOKKAO has taken the utmost precaution to prevent unauthorized sales of counterfeit products that will not be anywhere near the high quality of YOKKAO. YOKKAO is the most requested brand of the moment with a growing fan base around the world. Some merchants are now buying and reselling the sought-after products on Amazon due to the high demand. This has led to a price war which the company resolves to prevent by keeping prices standard across the board
Posted: June 28, 2018||
Pad work is arguably the most representative and important part of training in Muay Thai. Unlike many gyms in the West, pad-holding is a task that is more commonly performed by a trainer and not a gym partner. It is a role that is taken seriously by the Thai trainers. This is one of the most intimate moments in training where a trainer gets to shape and sharpen the style of a fighter. Something that cannot be achieved with only partner training.
Benefits of Pad workPad training begins just as soon as one embarks on the journey of learning the art of 8 limbs. Here are some benefits of pad work in Muay Thai. Stamina Pad work can be as intense, maybe even more intense, than an actual fight. A trainer may choose to mimic ring action with 3 to 5 rounds of 3-min pad training or stretch this up to 8 minutes. This helps to build up a fighter’s cardiovascular endurance so as to ensure tip-top performance. They are the best tools in Muay Thai for improving overall
YOKKAO has always been a step ahead of its time when it comes to brand awareness and collaborating outside of the fight scene. To date, American rock band, DNCE, fashion model Mia Kang, American rapper Wiz Khalifa, are some of the famous celebrities who have been captured rocking YOKKAO gear. In the progressive brand’s latest collaboration, YOKKAO created the very limited edition Dubfire Boxing Gloves. For those of you not familiar with the dance music scene, Dubfire is the brainchild/stage name of renowned Iranian-American house and techno DJ, Ali Shirazinia. Ali has won many accolades in his prolific career as a musician including international DJ awards as well as the prestigious Grammy. When photos of the Dubfire gloves were being posted on Instagram, YOKKAO received non-stop enquiries pouring in for the gloves’ release date. Both Dubfire and YOKKAO fans are hoping to score a pair of the collaborative gear. ‘Limited edition’ takes on its real meaning with