Am I Too Old for Martial Arts?

Am I Too Old for Martial Arts? Martial arts is an activity that attracts a diverse range of people. Young and old, men and women, and people from all ethnicities and backgrounds participate in martial arts training every single day. Despite the diversity of the martial arts community, many people still find themselves wondering if they are too old to …

Six Things to Know Before Your First Martial Arts Class

If you’ve decided to join a martial arts class, congratulations! Know that you are taking a positive step toward better health, beginning an exciting new hobby, and equipping yourself with the skills you need to be in control of your own safety and security. However, there are a few other things you will want to know as well before you …

Best Kicks for Self Defense

Best Kicks for Self Defense When it comes to hand-to-hand combat, kicks are a highly underutilized form of attack. After all, kicks have more power and range than any other form of strike, and since they are underutilized your attacker is less likely to see them coming. However, in the realm of self defense, not all kicks are created equal. …

What’s the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

What’s the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing? Two of the most popular striking martial arts are Muay Thai and kickboxing, and to the average person these two disciplines often seem very similar. After all, there are examples of highly-successful MMA fighters representing both kickboxing and Muay Thai alike as the striking portion of their training, and many of the …

How to Use Focus Pads

How to Use Focus Pads This is a video showing how to properly use focus pads (focus mitts) for boxing or Muay Thai for the beginner student, as illustrated by Muay Thai coach, Kru Joey de Los Reyes and Boxing coach, Sean Fulgencio.  Here are some pros, cons and tips, and there is small training video at the bottom of …

What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout?

What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout? What is the best martial arts workout?  All martial arts have something to offer, with regards to fitness, and the  benefits of training in martial arts are multi-layered. Not only is it an enjoyable activity, it also teaches you skills that you may one day have to put to use. In addition to …

What is Muay Thai?

What is Muay Thai? Muay Thai might be the answer for anyone tired of the standard gym and aerobic practices. It’s more of an engaged recreational sport that does wonders for the physique. Those who haven’t been properly introduced to the sport, might view it as a rough and tiresome fight. However, there are a lot of great fitness benefits …

Kombat Arts History Lesson

The other day someone was asking what the letters represent on our blue wall mats. You can barely see them in the picture, but we used to write the letters of the alphabet on the mats. When we started off at Gold’s Gym in Mississauga, almost 14 years ago, we were in a 2500 sq. ft. aerobics studio. At the …

Eight Muay Thai Combos That Will Improve Your Skills!

Here are 8 variations of the FOUR COUNTS, that I learned from my different Krus. You can practice them by shadowboxing, pad work, partner work or on the heavy bag. Feel free to DOWNLOAD. Follow these round time and rest protocols: 3 two minute rounds with 1 min rest 3 two minute rounds with 30 second rest 5 two minute …