Why martial artists shouldn’t be lifting like bodybuilders

In the last post, I covered why martial artists should be lifting weights. The take away message was that regular training not only increases power and speed but helps with injury prevention. The natural question that arises is what lifts should you be doing to help with your martial arts training? **Don’t train like a […]

The Purpose of Sparring and Rolling

The purpose of BJJ Sparring is to safely try out your techniques against resistance. This is not the same as fighting and I’ve found that people who are overly competitive in sparring usually make very limited progress in their training. Sparring rounds need to provide realistic resistance without being too competitive. One factor which makes […]

Why strength training is important for martial artists

In my opinion, everyone that trains martial arts should be doing some form of resistance training. This means lifting heavy weights at least twice a week. Why is this important? *Strength training makes you faster and more powerful* Being stronger will allow you to generate faster, more powerful movements. Add this to superior technique and […]

A beginners guide to surviving your first month of Muay Thai training

You just started doing Muay Thai and a few sessions in and you feel like you’re getting the hang of things. You’re finally learning the basics but getting a bit overwhelmed with all the combinations, techniques and what to use when. Don’t stress because you are not alone! You have embarked on a lifelong journey […]

Erik Paulson’s CSW Training Trip Recap

I recently got back from the annual CSW Coaches Conference hosted by MMA coaching legend Erik Paulson at his gym in California. It was a great experience and I learnt so much from many high level Martial Artists. The first day we got there we trained in the regular evening classes which consisted of one […]

Muay Thai Sparring: The Do’s and Don’ts

The end of a sparring round and your coach yells ‘change partners’ and there is always that one guy left out… again. So why does no-one want to partner up with “that guy”? It’s probably because people have caught wind of his reputation of treating each sparring round like a world title fight. Sparring in […]

The right gym culture

I’ve trained at lots of gyms all around the world. I’ve trained all over Europe, in the USA, Brazil, Japan and Thailand  I have tried to pick up all the best elements of each place i’ve trained while avoiding the things I felt didn’t work. My dream was to create a gym with high level […]

Developing into a fighter

Long Term Athlete Development in Combat Sports Since the beginning of our fight team we have consistently followed a long-term development program for our fighters. The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program is commonly found in elite level sports but is often ignored in the world of Fight Sports. Stages in Fighter Development The first […]

Being tough on your teammates

Performance Versus Popularity One of the best lessons we learned from sports coaching expert Wayne Goldsmith earlier this year was that ‘popularity is the enemy of performance’. Popularity is easy; performance requires honesty. If you want your teammates to perform at their best you need to be honest with them even if this will make […]