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Technique of the Month Muay Thai Jab

It is with great pleasure to present you with the first technique breakdown in our “Technique of the Month” series.

I will share as much of my martial arts knowledge as I can without straying off topic, as I can go on and on for days about this subject.

This will give some insight into the technical aspect of martial arts to the uninformed, beginner or advanced martial artist.
I am sure that the advanced martial artist will appreciate the technical breakdown of the techniques.

So, let’s begin, shall we.

The first technique we will cover will be the Muay Thai Jab.

There are several types of jabs in boxing, Muay Thai and other forms of martial arts.

For example, in boxing, these can include the “basic jab”, the “step jab”, the “power jab”, the “counter jab” the “up jab” along with several others. These jabs can be used for offense and defense.

In Muay Thai, we focus on a long range jab. This is the technique we will cover today.

Now, the Muay Thai jab, in itself, is a very simple, but effective weapon. The motion itself is literally straightforward. Take a look at the video clip of me demonstrating the jab.

The fist travels in a linear fashion from my temple to a fully extended position and return It to the start position. There are some other subtleties, but that is it really.

The difference between the basic jab and the Muay Thai jab is the slight extension at the shoulder. This extension allows the jab to travel farther than the normal length of my arm.

The Muay Thai jab can be quite deceptive and I often catch people off guard in sparring and it has helped in some of my fights.

In a Pro boxing match, you will often hear the commentator mention that the boxer with the better jab will end up winning the fight. And it is usually true. But, let’s get back on topic

Another reason this jab is utilized by Muay Thai practitioners is that keeps heavy punchers at bay, so to speak.

Let’s say I am fighting a person that throws big punches in “bunches”. I can utilize one or two quick jabs to create distance or snap their head back and throw off their rhythm.

The Muay Thai jab also allows you to keep enough distance between you and your opponent to throw those heavy kicks that are so effective in Muay Thai.

In Muay Thai fights, big kicks mean big points on the scorecards. Plus, no one likes getting kicked. Lol.

That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai Jab. If you are interested in learning more about my programs, please check out my Website.

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That’s it for now. Remember to keep fighting for what you believe in.

Martial Arts for Self Defense?

One of my many joys in both life is spreading knowledge about martial arts.

There are many myths and mistruths out there.

One, in particular, is the idea that if an individual practices martial arts, it automatically makes them invincible.

The idea that a martial artist can take out 20 guys at a time or catch bullets with their teeth is not always true. Although maybe so for Ip Man.

Another misconception is that a martial arts expert, be they a black belt or Pro MMA fighter, is adept at teaching self-defense.

Well, it may be true that martial artists may be well versed in the way of combat and most of us can intelligently defend ourselves (and don’t back down from a fight).

It is not true that we can teach you in an hour (or less) how to defend against every possible scenario that could occur in the street, nor are we trained to do so.

There is specific training that is required for self -defense and many scenarios that could occur including guns, knives, thugs, the size of Brock Lesner, attacking you.

Each scenario is different and requires you to react in different ways. There are self-defense experts who have trained these scenarios for several years. These are the individuals I would look to learn how to defend yourself.

In closing, I will leave you with this conversation I had with my Trainer years ago, specifically regarding Muay Thai.

Me: Can Muay Thai be used for self-defense purposes?

Trainer: Yes…and No. While some techniques can be used to defend yourself, Muay Thai cannot be deemed as “Self-Defense”. Muay Thai is a combat sport in which two individuals agree to engage in a fight. In self-defense, at least one person does not want to engage. The goal (for the person not wanting to engage) is to escape the situation unharmed.

Me: Oh, that makes sense.

That’s it for today. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you know anyone that is interested in martial arts or fitness, please direct them to my blog, where all my articles can be found.

-John

What is that you do, Muay Thai?

Check out this true story:

So, as I walk around the gym in my Thai shorts, a fellow gym member approaches me and he asks…

“So what is it you do again, a lotta kicks right”?
Followed by.

“Ouch that must hurt, your shins must be made of steel.”

I answer: Well, they’re not steel, but they are all banged up.”

Then, I attempt to explain that we do not just pointlessly kick each other in the shins.

So, to clear up a couple misconceptions, I will answer a few more questions that I get on a regular basis:

*Do you kick trees or steel posts?

I’ve been training 12 years and I only kick pads, bags and people. Although, there are some crazier than I that will kick just about anything.

*Don’t I need to be in shape before I start training Muay Thai?

No. You start training to get in shape, then Muay Thai keeps you in shape. Plus cardio. Always cardio but you can do both.

*Do I have to fight?

Only if you want. There are plenty of people who train just to stay in shape. There are also people who never thought they could fight, then they surprise themselves and step up to the challenge. It’s completely up to you.

So, let me round back to the first question.

*So, it’s just a lotta kicks right?

Muay Thai is the Art of 8 limbs. We have 8 weapons. Punches, kicks, elbows and knees. And of course, the clinch or neck wrestling. I could cover several issues on the clinch.

If you have any questions about Muay Thai, fighting or fitness, feel free to email anytime. It would be my pleasure to respond.

And now my question to you…

If you have not tried Muay Thai, what are you waiting for?

” CONOR Mcgregor I’M NOT RETIRED ‘PAID TO FIGHT, NOT PROMOTE

Conor McGregor RETIRED??!!  Oh, wait no he isn’t…

So, apparently Conor McGregor tweeted a vague and cryptic message about early retirement. Then, he posted a message on Facebook airing his true feelings. Below is an exerpt from his post..

“I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.”

“Talking to some lady that deep down doesn’t give a f**k about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I’m cool with that too, I’ve been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now.”

Conor’s full quote is on his facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1260441947357435&id=494191297315841&ref=bookmarks

Honestly, I have more respect for Conor since reading his post. I think if you are paid to fight, you should have time to train. It seems fairly reminiscent of Ronda Rhousey’s downfall.

What are your thoughts on the UFC putting pressure on fighters doing  promotions rather than actually train for their fights?

A General Misconception About Fighting Part II

brucelee for misconception blogAllow me to lead into this blog with this awesome quote from Bruce Lee. I thought it quite fitting, plus Bruce is the MAN!
So, if you have not read “A General Misconception about Fighting Part 1”, what are you waiting for? It will be worth the read.
If you are not so inclined, here is a recap.
  • There is a big misconception out there that fighting is just two guys beating each other to a pulp.
  • For some people, myself included,  fighting involves training and competing in martial arts such as Muay Thai, mixed martial arts (MMA), Kung Fu, BJJ, boxing….the list goes on.
You see, fighters have a passion for what they do. It is similar to a painter or an artist. The ring is our canvas, the mat is our drawing board. And the competition…
Well, the competition is a fighter’s outlet. It is our self-expression.
My belief is that fighting, in the right form, keeps a person physically and mentally healthy. It allows them to be in harmony with themselves and those around them.
I know this to be true because I have experienced the change myself.
Through the art of fighting, I have experienced many positive changes in my life. Fighting has taught me that no matter how hard things get or how much pain you’re in, never give up; keep pushing forward. You can control your own destiny.
Fighting has pushed me in ways I would have never imagined.  It has taken me to my limits and beyond, both mentally and physically.
I believe fighting can have a positive impact on people’s lives. It is the reason I continue to spread my message.
But how did this idea come about anyway?
The idea came during a time that I was fighting through some of my own demons. I was at a low point and close to giving up.
But then it hit me as I was bummed and sitting on the train on my commute home from work:. “Life is Hard. Fighting is Easy.” So simple, so true.
Sometimes, inspiration comes to you at your lowest points. I now realize that the mind works best when put in tough situations.
But, why is Fighting Easy?
Fighting is Easy is a bold statement,   I know.  But let’s take a look at LIFE.
Life poses many challenges.  Poor health, poverty, taxes, jobs, traffic, people (getting on your nerves…).  The list goes on. Many of these things we can’t control.
They are irritating, infuriating, they drive people to alcohol, drugs, overeating and violence, which I consider different from fighting.
On a side note, most fighters avoid these vices because he (or she) knows it will not help towards their ultimate goal.
 
Now, Fighting, as I see it, is something that you can control. When you face off with your opponent, all those life troubles fade away.
You know all you have to do is fight. That’s it. It’s simple. You control what happens (in the ring) and it ends in victory or defeat.
My last point, before I wrap this up, is that people fight everyday without even realizing it.
When you see a political debate on TV, it is nothing more than a fight with words. In business, there is a continuous fight to stay ahead of the competition.
People fight depression, disease and other physical and mental illnesses.
In history, the people who have fought the hardest for what they believe are the people we respect the most. Martin Luther King. Jr., comes to mind.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. So, then let me end with this.
If you are dedicated to what you believe in, you will fight for it and this fight becomes easy. In the end, we are all Fighters. End.

MMA: Fighting or Stalling

I was digging through and found a blog I wrote back in in 2011 about the controversial topic of stalling in MMA. Keep in my I was an active Muay Thai and MMA fighter when I wrote this. I am a coach now, but my views have not changed dramatically. I hope you enjoy…

Is MMA still a fighting spirt , sometimes I wonder..,
Now, I have attended and watched a number of Amateur and Professional MMA events throughout the years. Some of these fights, I must say, have disappointed me as a fighter and a paying customer. If I am paying at least $$$ to see some fights, then I want to see the fighters do one thing: FIGHT!

I am fairly certain that other spectators want to see the same thing as well. Who would want to see two punches thrown in the ring in order to one combatant pressing the other against the cage for the majority . Or even worse- a fighter takes the other guy down and does nothing while in the dominant position. He lays on the other guy for 3 rounds and pulls out a decision win.

Typically after a less than stellar performance, you would hear the crowd ‘booing’ and obnoxious chanting to express their thoughts about that fight.. I cannot blame them for acting this way. They paid good money to see fighters put their skills that they have worked on to the test. I have to say seeing this, which I call “stall tactics” pisses me off as a fighter and I am sure it pisses off the fighter that loses.

As a Muay Thai practitioner, I appreciate and love watching a great stand-up match where the two guys slug it out. It may appear as if I am downplaying other sports or martial arts such as wrestling or even BJJ (a discipline I have grown to love). A fighter will stick to his strengths. A wrestler will do what he knows best in a fight, that is he will wrestle.

I am not knocking that at all. I just hate seeing fighters work so hard in their training just be taken down or press the guy into the cage and be complacent with just staying there. Or a Jiu-jitsu practitioner, who may fight well off his back, be complacent with pulling guard and controlling the other fighter. As a fighter, I always want to advance to the dominant position and from there look to finish the fight! There is too much at stake if you do not finish a fight that presented many opporuntiies to win.

The fault does not always lie with the fighter. The referees have a hand in this too. It appears at times that some of these referees are inexperienced because they do not know when to stand fighters up or break them apart. This is done in the boxing or kickboxing world. So how come it is not done in these local MMA events?

Stalemates happen in a fight. However, a fighter shouldn’t work towards a stalemate. The fighter should work to advance. Even though a fighter may have a phenomonel record, they may not progress because promoters lose money on boring fights. Sometimes a stalemate occurs because of their training style. If the fighter is not versatilewith their training, then they will use only one method to win. That fighter will continue to use that method, regardless of its effectiveness, because it’s all that they know.

But then again, stall tactics are often used in the UFC by high level fighters. So, how can we not expect to see it occur so often in the MMA scene?

What are your thoughts on the subject?