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 …

Training the Competitive Mind

Training the Competitive Mind Awhile ago, Coach Socrates, one of our Boxing coaches invited me to come and give a talk on mental training for competition, for the Provincial Boxing Team. The talk was called, Five Simple Tips to Supercharge Your Mental Preparation. In this article, I want to share with you one of the tips and some of the sources …

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How To Increase Your Speed For Martial Arts

Speed is a necessary ingredient to any fighter’s arsenal. If you want to develop your speed for martial arts, there are many approaches to take. Although speed and power are essentials for any fighter to be good, they are meaningless without the technical foundation to back them up. Whether we’re talking about JKD, boxing, Muay Thai, is irrelevant for now. …

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How To Avoid Over-training or Under-training

If you workout with any seriousness, you know that the measuring the tension between over-training and under-training is a perpetual balancing act. If you’re an athlete or a serious exerciser, you may find yourself asking ‘Am I working out too much or too little?’ Whether your thing is weight-training, Muay Thai, boxing, BJJ, or a mix of sports you may …

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How To Harness The Power Of The Deep Squat

The deep or ATG (ass-to-grass) squat is a familiar training tool to weightlifters, CrossFitters and martial artists alike. By learning how to do this exercise properly, you can increase your power and explosiveness. There is some concern among recreational fitness enthusiasts and even personal trainers that this variation of the squat is dangerous and can be detrimental. Although there is …

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How To Build A Stronger Mind

In today’s instant, on-demand society, we want and indeed expect everything immediately. Look around and you will see people who are often distracted and very often deluded. You may even be one of them. On the surface, this instant access to information is viewed as a convenience and a necessary cost of operating in today’s world. On a deeper level, …

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How To Know If You Can Defend Yourself

How do you know if you can defend yourself in a real-world, street fight or mugging scenario? There are really too many variables in a fight that would make it unpredictable. Of course, you can take several steps to ensure you are prepared to defend yourself. But, when you actually fight, the scenario may be completely different. There could be …