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Brand New Muay Thai class

I am excited to announce I am teaching a brand new Muay Thai class on a Thursday nights at 830 pm at the Woodside Boxing Academy located at 41-25 58th St.
Woodside, NY, 11377.
We will be training on Thursday nights at 830 pm.

The class is for all ages and levels.
If you are in New York, stop by and give it a try!

3 Tips for Healthy Weightloss

 

What is the fastest way to weightloss?

This is one of the top questions I am asked as a trainer.

So I came up with the top 3 tips to achieve healthy weightloss.

Hope we these help…

1. Don’t diet…change your lifestyle.
2. Keep ppl who encourage your healthy habits. Drop the negative people like the pounds you shed.
3. Make it a habit to exercise at least 30 minutes daily

Technique of the Month_Elbows

Muay Thai is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs”.
It is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” because we use our 8 limbs (i.e. arms , legs, knees and Elbows) as weapons to attack our opponent.
Today, I will break down the Muay Thai slashing elbow or “Sok ti” in the Thai language.
The slashing elbow is a short range weapon.
By short range, I mean we have to be close to our opponent to utilize it.
For a better picture think:
Using an axe (short range).
vs
Swinging a baseball bat (long range).
Throwing elbows can be dangerous and maybe for good reason.
Elbows are meant to draw blood or strike precisely to cause instantaneous knockouts!
In a professional Muay Thai fight, elbows can end a fight in an instant. That is what makes them so exciting.
Quick note:
In practice, we do not spar with elbows until after years of practice. Once a student is considered “advanced”, elbows can be used in practice. Even then, we usually use elbow pads for protection.
So, back to the slashing elbow.
The slashing elbow is executed quickly and efficiently.
While being on the receiving end may not be all smiles, throwing them can be fun.
You can ask any of my students that have done padwork with me.
Here is the breakdown of the the video shown above.
1. I make sure I am at the right distance to throw the elbow.
2. I bring my elbow up by my ear.
3. I chop it down to the pad and bring my hand back to my head.
There you have it.
That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai elbow.

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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.

A story about Jim

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Today, I will tell fictional story about a young man.  Let’s say his name is Jim.
Jim just came from a visit with his doctor.
Good old doc told him that if he does not make some lifestyle changes, he is in danger of some serious health issues.
So Jim decides that today’s the day. He will listen to the doctor’s advice.  He will eat healthy and go to the gym.
Jim heads to the nearest grocery store. But he has never done “healthy shopping” before.
Shopping for Jim usually consists of food be can heat up quickly in the microwave and some diet soda.
He tries looking for healthy food options, but he is perplexed.
He says to himself…”Should i eat Kale? I heard that’s healthy right? But I’m no vegetarian.” So he moves on.
Maybe an all meat diet. Yea, Atkins right?  But, wait, didn’t that guy die of have a heart? No way, that’s out.
So Jim browses the cereal aisle. But he is overwhelmed with slogans and sugary cereals.
By now Jim is fed up…and hungry. He gives up his quest for healthy eating and heads to McDonald’s for a nice easy drive-through dinner.
Does Jim’s story sound familiar? Have you ever walked into the supermarket and felt overwhelmed?
Sadly, it is the story I hear all the time from too many people.
The good news is that Life is Hard . Fighting is Easy. will be rolling out a brand new Nutrition program.
Yes, it will be a nutrition plan only.  There are  no workouts required (although it always helps to meet your goal).

This program will help you if you have no clue about nutrition like poor Jimor if you are already in an exercise program and just need some guidance.
This is not just some expensive points program that sells you on their meal plan (i.e. Weightwatchers).
The program includes a customized nutrition plan to help you meet your specific goals.
The program will be rolled out before Thanksgiving, 2016, so be on the lookout.
So, let’s not be like Jim. Together, we can work together to fight for your health goals.
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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?