Progressive Muay Thai Sparring for Skill Building

Progressive Muay Thai Sparring for Skill Building

Walk into most Muay Thai gyms where sparring is taking place, and you’ll often see something reminiscent of a street fight. There is no real direction or focus, just an all-out brawl. In this environment, the potential learning benefits of sparring fall by the...
The Key Principles of Muay Thai Scoring

The Key Principles of Muay Thai Scoring

Muay Thai utilizes a diverse arsenal of fists, shins, knees and elbows to disable opponents. Unlike punch-only sports like boxing, entire legs and arms become dangerous weapons. This expanded offensive framework requires a broader judging criteria to assess damage....
Adapting Elite Muay Thai Clinch Concepts to MMA

Adapting Elite Muay Thai Clinch Concepts to MMA

Muay Thai as practiced in Thailand contains a sophisticated set of clinch techniques and tactics that have yet to fully cross over into mixed martial arts. While MMA striking has incorporated some basic Muay Thai elements, the nuanced clinch game lacks the mastery...
Understanding BJJ through the Lens of Judo

Understanding BJJ through the Lens of Judo

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) traces its origins to early 20th century Japan and the martial art of Judo. Examining the history, techniques, and philosophies of Judo provides critical insight into the foundations of BJJ. The Origins of Judo In 1882 Jigoro Kano (1860-1938)...
Finding Your Ikigai Through Martial Arts Training

Finding Your Ikigai Through Martial Arts Training

The Japanese concept of ikigai provides a framework for discovering your purpose and passion in life. Traditionally represented by overlapping circles for what you love, what you’re good at, what you can get paid for and what the world needs, ikigai indicates your...