For everyone who wants better Kick-Thaibox training, I have put together my tips, which I have learned and applied in my 5-year training experience.
I won’t give you any tips about which exercises you should use to shape your warm-up training and the further course of training, because that’s what your trainer is for! Here I will give tips for the correct execution and improvement of the techniques and of course not to forget: The right supplements for training!
I’ll start right away with the first and most important point:
Sweating during/after the warm-up training
As stupid as it sounds, but if you don’t sweat after the warm-up (which should usually take half an hour), then you haven’t warmed up properly! The warm-up should be hard, and the rest of the training even harder! It is good if you start your warm up with some stretches and some cardio exercises like jumping on the rope.
If you don’t sweat properly and are not warm after the warm-up, you can forget the rest of the training, because you can’t get the full power out of your body. As annoying as the warm-up phase may be, pull it through completely with full commitment. The results will be impressive.
Your body consumes a lot of nutrients through sweating. You should compensate for this “loss” with supplements, more about that at the end of the article.
Never cool down
Keep your body, and with it your muscles, always warm. I have to look at it over and over again, how people work themselves up while warming up, and then just stand around and cool down again. You could have spared yourself the warm-up training. In between, the trainer will explain exercises, but that usually does not take long and you can immediately accelerate again afterward. I sweat my 2-hour training permanently through and after the training, I drink about 2 liters of water. This shows me that I have trained sufficiently.
The probably most heard tip: “Make the techniques clean!”. As annoying as it sounds, this tip is really VERY important. Try not to falsify the techniques just because they are easier to perform. To perform a technique perfectly takes time, so be patient and listen carefully to the suggestions. It can take weeks or even months until you have the right punch or kick technique.
A small example:
• Example: Percussion technique (straight punch):
With the straight blow to the opponent, the mistake is often and gladly made that the arm is simply stretched out or one gets the momentum by pulling the fist back first (thus one pulls out far) in the belief that the blow becomes better and harder. Absolute mistake!
Always keep your fists on your head and your elbows on your body, so you protect both head and body from blows and kicks. When you come to the blow, lead the fist directly from your head (where the fist served as cover) to the opponent by moving your shoulder forward and stretching your arm to the opponent (preferably simultaneously), because the power does not come from the arm, but for the most part from the shoulder. After you have struck the blow, let your fist wander directly back to your head, where it then serves as cover again.
Something that is very important for a successful workout: the motivation and desire for sport.
I know that after some time kick- or Thai boxing can get very boring because you always repeat the same techniques: straight shot, side hook, up hook, back fist, spinning back fist, low kick, high kick, … But that’s also good! This boring repetition of the techniques must also go through the professionals, it ensures that you master the punch and kick techniques “in sleep”, and can concentrate more on the opponent during the fight. To motivate yourself before the training you can watch videos of the pros on the internet or increase your performance by supplements (performance increase = motivation). In addition to the supplements comes below even more.
In addition, it is advisable to set a concrete goal, e.g. an upcoming competition or to become the best in the club, etc..
Eat nothing before training
Especially before the beginning of boxing, it is advisable not to eat anything, as it can easily lead to vomiting if your opponent or partner hits you in the hollow of your stomach. The last meal should be taken about 2 to 2 1/2 hours before training. You can’t train well with a full stomach, but you shouldn’t train on an empty stomach with a feeling of hunger either, because you feel weak, are not concentrated and it can be easier to injure yourself.
Drinking before and after training
Drink a lot of non-carbonated water before and after training up to 15 minutes before the training.
During training, you should only drink a little in an emergency, otherwise, your stomach will be full and there is a risk of choking everything out again if you hit your stomach.
After training it is advisable to take carbohydrates to replenish your energy reserves. Additionally, BCAAs can be supplemented for better regeneration.
Losing fear of blows and hits
Many beginners, as well as advanced players, have the problem that they are afraid of the opponent’s blows. This fear leads to uncontrolled evasive maneuvers (many even turn away from the opponent) and defensive fighting behavior.
It is not easy to get rid of this fear. But with the right exercises and patience, this can be done. Everyone has had to fight with this fear once, even the top fighters.
So look for exercises where you are confronted with blows and just try to keep the cover-up and get hit. Don’t jump around like a frog and don’t make any hectic movements but stay firm and let your training partner hit you, a little harder. But you always stay in motion. Always look at your partner and don’t look at the floor!
I know people who needed about 2 years to avoid their fear, others needed only a few months. I think that it depends among other things on the character of the fighter. Calm and shy people usually need longer to overcome their fear, but once this is done, these shy people are the best fighters in the ring.
Fitness/Power sports with medium weights
Kickboxing and Thai boxing require a healthy mix of speed and strength. It is best to train with medium weights in addition to combat training. However, it is not recommended to do a fitness program parallel to regular training that ensures maximum muscle growth.
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There are two reasons for this:
First: The hard fight training requires a lot of endurance and robs you, in the best case, of your last energy reserves. It is very difficult to eat so much that you have to meet the demand both for hard combat training and for muscle-building fitness training. It would take about 10 meals a day to cover both martial arts and fitness training.
Second: If you manage to get maximum muscle building and martial arts under one hat, you will notice that martial arts are getting more and more difficult because the movements are getting more and more strenuous because of the higher muscle mass. The speed, which is very important for this martial art, suffers from this.