The basic understanding of scoring at the highest and most professional levels in Muay Thai have often eluded not just fans of the art, but even the practitioners themselves as well.
The Next YOKKAO event in UK will take place Saturday, March 25th once again at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.
The night of YOKKAO 23 and YOKKAO 24 will host two events in one night at the price of only one ticket with some of the greatest superstars Muay Thai has to offer!
YOKKAO 23 – FIGHT CARD (TBC)
Jordan Watson Vs Sorgraw Petchyindee
Chris Shaw Vs Jake Purdy
Myk Estlick Vs Craig Coakley
Chris Whittle Vs Steward Pringle
Joe Craven Vs Harry Burton
Owen Trykowski Vs Matthew Crozier
VIDEO: Liam Harrison on fighting Rayan Mekki
YOKKAO 24 – FIGHT CARD
Liam Harrison (c) Vs Ryan Mekki – For Yokkao 65 kg Championship
Stephen Meleady Vs Wuttichai Yokkaosaenchaigym
Amy Pirnie Vs Dakota Ditcheva
Jack Kennedy Vs Tommi McCormick
Louis Green Vs Markus Kalberg
YOKKAO – UNDERCARD (TBC)
Spencer Brown Vs Geotge Mouzakitis
William Sarwar Vs Isaac Taylor
Tamara Fallon Vs Hannah Brady
Grzegorz Vs Mike Farah
Stuart Stabler Vs Hassan Din
Charlie Simpson Vs John-Henry Careslade
Due to the huge demand from our fans tickets are going on sale NOW!
Don’t forget that our four previous events were completely sold out so don’t miss the opportunity to attend the most in demand and prestigious Muay Thai event outside Thailand. Tickets are available here >> www.yokkao.com
You may have heard that there is a remake of KICKBOXER the movie… which is actually little to do with kickboxing – it’s more Muay Thai!!
30th September 2016 – Evening
1st October 2016 – Evening
We have been asked by the Odeon Cinema in Lincoln if we would do a Muay Thai Display in the foyer for the opening nights of the film!
We are thinking of doing a mixture of Pad Work, Sparring & Muay boran. We would allocate our students time slots to come along and take part. We are looking for males, females and children boxers of all levels of experience to take part in display. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote our club and our amazing martial art!!
Let us know me know if you are interested by emailing us by August 31st 2016: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or any questions, please ask below…
Muay Thai Interclub
Sunday 18th September 2016
At the Black Widow Martial Arts Academy
First Floor 858, Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, Birmingham B8 2NL.
If anyone is interested in fighting at our next Interclub, please contact Kru Leigh with your Age, Weight and Experience as soon as possible. So we can get you matched!!
- JUNIORS (Age 5-10) 10am-12pm
- JUNIORS (Age 11-16) 12pm-2pm
- ADULTS (Age 17+) 2pm-5pm
Refereeing by Shaun Bolland
Matthew Tieu V Thibaud Duphil
Rory Crawford V Luke Portanier
Evan Jays V Alejandro Conception
Alex Bublea V Charlie Peters
Khun Bank V Alex Bublea
Charlie Peters V Ben Lucas
Jose Varela V Yassine Hamlaoui
World Title: Pakorn vs Nicolas Vega
Soloman Wickstead vs Nicolas Sanchez
Alejandro Amicucci vs Ignacio Godachevic
Damian Munoz vs Alan Preisz
Damian Bujan vs Alan Sheinson
The Art of Eight Limbs, Muay Thai is one of the most effective striking bases in MMA!!
We break down the transition of one of the world’s most popular martial arts in to MMA…
One of the fastest growing sports in the world today, mixed martial arts (MMA), owes it’s success to the origins of fighting. If it weren’t for the rampant obsession with various styles of unarmed combat throughout history, there would be no base for such a promotion to exist, let alone flourish.
One such base style is Muay Thai, the art can be traced back to the 16th century, originally known as Siamese style boxing and made famous by Nai Khanomtom in 1767. The Siam fighter was captured by the Burmese during battle, and was given the opportunity by his captors to fight for freedom. He used what would later be called Muay Thai to win the fight and gain his release, and became a national hero. It was this single event that helped catapult the art to becoming a national sport soon after.
Fast forward to present day MMA, and Muay Thai is more alive than ever. Coaches and fighters recognise the advantages gained in the striking department when Thai boxing is introduced, and it shows in some of the top strikers’ game-plans and resulting finishes.
The striking parts of the body in Muay Thai are the fists, elbows, knees and shins. Clinching is also allowed. With these tools, the techniques are broken down in to six categories, as follows; Punching (Chok), elbow (Sok), kicking (te), knees (Ti Khao), foot thrust (Theep) and clinch/neck wrestling (Chap Kho). Within these categories there are many different methods of delivering the techniques, and many transition perfectly in to MMA.
Although the fundamentals of stance and striking style are very different to that of a solely MMA trained fighter, the most effective movements of Muay Thai can be tailored in to a combatant’s arsenal to devastating effect!
The Basic Approach
Training and fighting in Thailand is a full time job. Fighters will typically train in the morning and evening with a total of up to 6 hours per day and taking only one rest day each week. Because there is short breaks between training sessions, schedule fighters feeding times for optimal recovery and performance.
Below is what a typical day of training and eating:
- AM Training – Drink water with BCAA (branch chain amino acid).
- Post training am – Immediately after training, drink a post workout shake containing 25g protein, around 50g carbohydrates, and 15g fats.
- Breakfast – Within 1 hour, consume a meal with around 25g protein, 50-100g carbohydrates, 15g fats.
- During the day – In times of low activity, consume meals that are high in protein (50g), higher in fats (30g), while lower in carbohydrates (around 50g and mostly from vegetables).
- Pre training – If feeling low on energy pre-training, eat some fruit. Around 50g or 1 piece.
- During training – Drink water with BCAA (branch chain amino acid).
- Post training pm – Immediately after training, drink a post workout shake containing 25g protein and around 50g carbohydrates.
- Finish eating between 8-10pm – Main meal of the day is to be eaten around 1 hour after training. This meal should be high protein (50g), higher in carbs (100g) and lower in fats (15g)
- Extra meal: If your feeling hungry in the few hours before bed, he had the go-ahead to consume a protein rich snack like a 2 egg omelet or a protein shake.
Working out calories for high performance “weight classed” athletes can be tricky. Training 5-6 hours per day puts a huge amount of stress on the body and demands a high food intake to supply your body with enough energy to handle the workload, recovery, rebuilding the body etc. At the same time you need to be careful calories are not too high that you won’t lose weight. Finding that sweet spot between sufficient energy and weight loss is an individual thing and something that requires individual experimentation.
Devide the 2300kcals into 2 high carbohydrate meals which were eaten after training, 1 lower carb meal which was eaten during the day in times of low activity, and 2 super nutritious shakes to be consumed right after training.
In total have 3 different menu’s covering baseline menu for standard training day which is 2300kcals, 3300kcals on refeed days, and 2286kcals on rest days with lower carbs and higher fats.
Regular Re-Feed Days
The human body is so smart and especially good at adapting. A good example of this is how after around 14 days of being in a calorie deficit, your body realizes it’s not getting enough food and will down regulate your metabolic rate, and slows or shuts down non-essential functions like hormone and reproductive function.
To avoid this happening, we scheduled re-feed days. Every 4-7 days, we increased your calorie intake x 1.5, and not more than x 3. So if you were on 2000kcals, you would bump it up to 3000kcals.
Similar to what’s commonly known as a cheat day, however cheat days are usually for other reasons like diet sustainability. Where’s re feeds are for the purpose of stoking the metabolic fire. This sounds counter intuitive to increase calories when trying to lose weight, but research demonstrates this will avoid metabolic adaption.
Although supplements are not 100% necessary for weight loss, they do help. Athletes like Muay Thai fighters who have short rest periods between training need all the help they can get to assist recovery and training performance. But forget “fat burners” and pre workout supplements, below is a basic list of highly researched supplements we use that have proven to be safe and effective.
- BCAA’s are taken during training – in water. This is to minimize muscle breakdown while on a low calorie diet and helps with the recovery process.
- Greens supplements are a heavily researched supplement that have proven to alkalize the body in times of rapid fat losses. This was taken 1-2 times daily in a shake.
- Amino/carbs workout drink is taken when training exceeds 1 hour. This is a mix of carbohydrates and amino acids supply the body with everything needed start the recovery process and minimize stress.
- Multi vitamin is taken twice daily after each training session. This is to replace lost vitamins and minerals lost during heavy sweating in training.
- Fish oil is taken at the rate of 1g per % of body fat for the first 4 weeks, then dropped to half that amount. Many studies confirm supplementing with fish oil will inhibit the production of fat cells.
- Whey protein supplement twice daily and immediately after training. . Usually combined with fruit, almond milk, coconut milk or water, coconut oil, greens.
Water Cutting Strategy
I know this is the part of the cut your all waiting to hear about: How to cut 9kgs (19.8lbs) in 8 days. There are some crucial steps which we used to manipulate our fighters bodies to rapidly lose water.
In fight week, to assist with our weight loss we adjusted his carbohydrate intake to around 50-100g per day. That’s around 2 cupped handful of brown rice each day, or 2-3 pieces of fruit. We never go below 50g of carbs each day. The 50g of carbs intake each day is predominantly for supplying the liver and brain with much needed glucose, not for running a marathon. When fighters ignore this rule they end up crashing hard in the final days of the cut.
As sodium binds to water in the body, temporarily cutting salt from the diet you will cause you to lose water. In the days leading up to the weigh, our fighters avoided all salt and high sodium foods.
When using rapid weight cutting techniques, we assist the excretion of urine by using a natural diuretic. In our diets we use diuretics like dandelion root and uva ursi leaf which are both safe and nothing like the harsh drug version diuretics.
Water loading strategy
This method involves increased water intake for short periods of time which leads to increase in urinary fluid losses for several days. Essentially a fighter will increase water, and then reduce each day until intake is zero by weigh in day.
We finished off the last of the cut with a couple of short sauna session. Our fighters are able to lose the last 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) in a 20-30 min sitting. On the day of weigh in, we had the option of using the sauna if needed to make weight.
Our fighters can loose 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) of body fat in 3 weeks, then cut 9kgs (19.8lbs) of water weight during fight week. Then after he successfully weighed in at 72.5kgs (159.5), he followed a specific rapid recovery plan to bounce back up to 81.5kgs (179.5lbs) in less than 24 hours. The recovery process is arguably the most important part of weight cutting in combat sports.
Sunday 18th October 2015
MUAY THAI • KICKBOXING • BOXING • MMA
EXTREMITY 4 @ THE CORN EXCHANGE – ST PAULS SQUARE IN BEDFORD – MK40 1SL
Doors open at 4pm with Fights starting at 5pm.