June 22, 2016. This was the very first time @shantanu_shakahari_pujari and I did glove drills together. I have never felt more at peace training with anyone else. Being a peaceful warrior might sound paradoxical, but that is exactly what we strive to be. That is the way of the Martial Artist. And Shantanu is as much of one as you'll ever meet.
Fuckin Siuuuuuu. #CR7 #ForzaJuve
Technique of the week #1: The Pendulum Low Kick. 1. SPEED: One of the keys to this technique is being quick. Not just with the actual kick, but with the footwork before and after the kick. If you're too slow with your feet before the kick, your opponent might see it coming and ending up checking it. That will be painful. If you're too slow with your feet after the kick, you'll still be in your opponent's range and could quite easily get caught with a responding strike. 2. SETTING IT UP: I won't go into too much detail on how to set it up. This is because every fighter has different favoured tools and so what works for me might not work for someone else. My favourite way to set this kick up is behind the Cross (Rear Straight). 3. CONTACT POINT: When I throw this kick I generally contact with the foot. Not because I've misjudged the distance between my opponent and I. In fact, precisely the opposite. If you try to contact with the shin, especially in Open Stance (Orthodox v/s Southpaw), you risk being too close to your opponent at the time of impact. This could lead to you getting caught on your way in. Especially with a punch. Mainly because punches travel faster than kicks. DISCLAIMER: It is risky kicking with the foot, hence being quick is mandatory (Point #1). 4. WHERE TO CONTACT: Ideally you want to aim for your opponent's lead (front) leg. So, if you're in Closed Stance, you want to kick the outside of your opponent's lead leg. However, if you're in open stance, you want to aim for the inside of your opponent's lead leg. I still have a few more points on this technique, but it's the size of a damn essay as it is. If you guys want any more information on this technique of the week, DM me. Have fun.
Celebrating Shri Anubis Talib's sixth birthday. I am blessed to have this boy in my life.
Along with being able to send you to the morgue, my legs are also useful as pillows for my youngest brother. #Anubis
He's back, baby. #Repost @badrhariofficial ・・・ Fight Tomorrow. 🔥
I'm not a Christian, so I don't rest on Sundays.
It's impossible to take a 60kg fighter and teach him/her to hit like an 80kg fighter. So, don't bother about trying to make yourself hit harder. There is only one Mike Tyson. Instead, focus on trying to make yourself hit cleaner. That is very much in your control. #BalanceMuayThai
I'd love to say I was working on a particular technique, or I was trying to play around with different ranges. But the truth is, I was working on sweet fuck all. #LessRunningMoreBagWork
Basic, yet complex. BASIC: The simple bit is the combination itself. The Jab, Rear Low Kick is one of the easiest combinations to throw, as it does not require any explosion. This is because it's a lead to rear side combination. Now, for example, try throwing a Jab, Lead Low Kick (with power) combination. You'll find it's a lot harder to throw. COMPLEX: The tricky bit is finding range. What I mean by this, is it does not take much skill to simply land the low kick. What I am actively doing here is trying to land the low kick with my upper shin. Failing that, the lower shin. But never the foot. That's why legs break when kicks get checked. Because the fighter in question hasn't found his/her optimal range. Therefore landing with the foot. Be mindful of this when throwing low kicks with power. Essentially, Upper Shin: Great Lower Shin: Good Foot: You're fucked.
My beautiful Amma and my extremely average looking brother, Khaim.
Testing out the new Wall Pad at BMT. It's a lot more tiring than I thought it would be. Was gassed at the end of 2 rounds. The only way is up.
When I grow up, I'm going to be like Bruce Lee. #Wataa
Looking after the wheels. #LonsdaleBoxing
Punch to Kick Block Coordination Drill: Part 2 Jab, Rear Block + Cross, Lead Block + Cross, Jab, Diagonal (Cross) Block. Very similar to the first drill with respect to tempo, number of shots thrown & defended. The difference lies in the footwork and coordination. Due to that it may be tricky initially to go from Jab to Rear Block & Cross to Lead Block. Even trickier to go from Cross, Jab to Diagonal Block. Especially as most of us are more than comfortable throwing. Jab, Cross combination, but a lot less comfortable going the other way. Once again, I have demonstrated it from both stances. Give this drill a whirl. #BalanceMuayThai #Kickboxing #MuayThai #Boxing #CoordinationDrills #FutureWorldChamp #CashingChecks
Keeping it fresh. #JumpRope #NoDaysOff
All day. Every day. #EntriesAndExits
Punch to Kick Block Coordination Drill: Part 1. Jab, Lead Block + Cross, Rear Block + Jab, Cross, Diagonal/Cross Block. This is a drill I came up with recently. It helps develop coordination between punches and checks (kick blocks). Thus allowing for seamless transitions between offence (punches) & defence (checks). One of the main reasons I was forced to come up with this drill is because over the years I found that due to being in a longer stance when throwing punches, as is normal, lifting my leg up to check a kick was quite difficult. This drill, when worked consistently and over an extended period of time, has helped to reduce the time it takes for me to throw a punch, retract my lead leg, and then lift the desired leg up to block. In this video you will find I have demonstrated the drill from both stances. Please forgive my average boxing technique from the orthodox stance as it is not my favoured stance. I hope this video helps. I will be releasing Part 2 the following week. #BalanceMuayThai #Kickboxing #MuayThai #Boxing #NakMuay #CashingChecks #FutureWorldChamp
A phenomenal way to end what has been a brilliant year for boxing. #HiTech
La Vecchia Signora #FinoAllaFine
Anubis and I. One of us jumps on tyres while the other one bites them. Not what most people would consider 'normal'. Fuck normal. Normal doesn't win shit.
Day 14: My last day of training here in Koh Phangan before I head home. The training at Kobra Muay Thai has been brilliant. On a side note, I am one day closer to my dream of holding that World Title. And I will. Not least because by the time I am done with my opponents, they will have no legs. Stop me. #FutureWorldChamp #Kickboxing #BalanceMuayThai #KickinIt
Day 9: Today was my third day training at Kobra Muay Thai. Great gym. Very nice people. Being a kickboxer, I needed pad work that would be suited to my style of fighting. Most trainers I have come across tend to be very set in their ways and so are unable to adapt to holding pads for someone who doesn't have a traditional Thai style of fighting. The trainers at Kobra have no such issues. Here I am with my trainer, trying to build a combination that would not only improve my boxing and hand speed, but would also facilitate me throwing my low kicks. Left and right. At the same time not forgetting basic but imperative techniques like The Teep. #KobraMuayThai #MuayThai #Kickboxing #BalanceMuayThai
This life ain't half bad. #TheGuvnor
Day 4 at Namsaknoi Muay Thai Club: Had a private training session with The Emperor himself. His demeanor would not lead you to believe that he is one of the greatest ever. Humble and sincere. He is also an information bank. I feel like I've advanced months in the past hour. Even though I haven't fought Muay Thai in a couple of years and probably never will again, this training session alone has given me a few tools and tricks that I can add to my Kickboxing arsenal. We sparred 3 rounds at the end of training and i got lit up on a fair few occasions. But the skill that caught my attention first, was his ring cutting ability. If I happened to back up at any point in time, before I knew it, I was on the ropes or even worse, in the corner. And yes, like an idiot, I'm wearing Buakaw shorts. #namsaknoimuaythai #nsntheemperor #muaythai #nakmuay #kickboxer
Day 3 at Namsaknoi Muay Thai Club: My two best friends for the day. The Heavy Bag & The Tear Drop Bag. Did 8 rounds on each. The Heavy Bag: Worked mainly 3-4 shot combinations cause the bag feels like it's filled with steel. Kicked at about 50-60% for the very same reason. The Tear Drop Bag: Worked my hands only. It's the perfect bag to build boxing combinations on. Started with 4-5 punch combinations and built up to about 8-10 punches. Began to incorporate head movement and footwork a couple of rounds in. If you ever walk into a gym and see either of these two beauties in there, take em' for a spin. Well worth it. #namsaknoimuaythai #kickboxing #muaythai
Day 1 at Namsaknoi Muay Thai Club: After 10-15 rounds of work (shadow boxing, pad work, bag work), we clinched for about 40 minutes. I got dumped on my ass close to 50 times in that period. I have much work to do. Fortunately, I have an entire life ahead of me. #namsaknoimuaythai #nakmuay #kickboxer
En route Koh Phangan #namsaknoimuaythai
Level Changing Hook to Low Kick Drill: In this drill, you attack your opponent's head, body and legs, all in a matter of 2-3 seconds. In a fight, it's important to give your opponent as much to worry about as possible. If your opponent has to defend his head, body and legs milliseconds apart from each other you are almost guaranteed to get through with one of your shots. One is all you need. In addition, this drill is different from your standard Hook to Low Kick drill as you go from Rear Hook to Lead Low Kick. Whereas in most cases people would do the opposite. Be unpredictable. #BalanceMuayThai #Kickboxing #RamonDekkers #GloveDrills #MuayThai #NakMuay #Kickboxer #MMA #Training #Fighters #Mumbai #TwonDons
Twisted Heat #BalanceMuayThai #MuayThai #Kickboxing #GloveDrills #ErnestoHoost #IronSharpensIron #NakMuay #K-1 #GloryKickboxing
Kicking it with the big homie @shantanu_shakahari_pujari. He is a Muay Thai National Champion. Not to mention, a wonderful martial artist. #bodyarmour #muaythai #kickboxing #nakmuay #ironsharpensiron
All greatness comes out of an investment in time and the perfection of skills that render you great. And so, show me almost any truly great person in the world who exhibits some kind of extraordinary skills, and I'll show you a person who's life is governed largely by routine. - John Danaher
The lighting is shit. The technique on the other hand, is anything but. #SpeedKills #Kickboxer #NakMuay #BalanceMuayThai #MuayThai #Boxing #MMA #Fighter
Canelo vs GGG #MexicanStyle
My brother @shantanu_shakahari_pujari just made weight. He will be the next YFC Featherweight Champion. I have complete faith in him. But most importantly, he has complete faith in himself. Best of skill my brother.
Conor McGregor & Jack Slack. There have been worse combinations.
Check & Counter. The mistake most people make after checking a kick is not following up with a counter of their own. In this video, I'm using one of my favourite counters. I check my opponent's right body kick using my left leg and immediately follow up with a left knee. I won't get into the finer nuances of the basic technique behind the Block (Check) and the Knee. The only thing I will stress is that you rewatch the video and you will notice that as soon as I block, while my left leg is still in the air, I skip ahead using the standing leg in order to cover some of the distance between my opponent and I. The reason I do this is because unless my opponent has judged distance horribly, i will be in his kicking range but he won't be in range for my knee. Kicking range and knee range being different. Hence the skip. Remember to always check and counter back with a shot of your own. Granted, you are going to do damage to your opponent with a check anyway, but I look at it like why hurt your opponent once when you can hurt him twice? #BalanceMuayThai #MuayThai #Kickboxing #MartialArts #NakMuay
The Greatest #PavelNedved
Jab, Cross + Jab, Body Shot. Start with the 1-2. If you want, you can throw the 1-2 a couple of times in order to create a pattern and thereafter, set a trap. Your objective should be to get your opponent to premeditate, thereby restricting his defense with respect to other shots. You have now created a pattern. Now comes the Jab, Body Shot. After throwing the jab, when your opponent expects the cross to follow, you instead shift your weight over to the side of the body shot and simply fire it off. The movement required when loading up the hip for the body shot starts off very similar to the way the cross finishes. The trap has been set. Make him pay. #Kickboxing #MuayThai #Boxing #BalanceMuayThai
The new sparring area at Balance Muay Thai & Kickboxing. Uncannily enough, the dimensions are very similar to that of a Large Muay Thai ring. Whether that's due to divine intervention or dumb luck, i'm not sure. I choose to believe Ramon Dekkers has blessed me.
Step 1: Owning the Dream.
All that matters is how you see yourself.
I will crawl to that world title if I have to. #movementculture
Big shout out to the boxing genius that is @jtvanv for hooking me up with the precisionstriking.com Theraband. As a big advocate of keeping a good, tight guard when you train (it will translate to when you fight), regardless of whether you are a Boxer, Kickboxer or a Nak Muay, this band helps to facilitate that in a big way. It locks your shoulders in place, resulting in your elbows staying tight to your ribs (where they should be) instead of flailing out, taking away your protection as well as telegraphing your shots. To add to it all, the band was free.
Constant pressure, great ring cutting and some good boxing to set up those devastating low kicks. What a phenomenal performance by @robinvanroosmalen
The Question Mark Kick. The key to this technique is what I like to call 'Selling the Fake'. Basically, you must convince your opponent that the Rear Teep (Push Kick) is what's coming and instead you roll into a high kick. One way to sell the fake is by throwing a Teep or two to get your opponent's attention. Make him/her expect another Teep. Remember to raise the knee high enough to make it look like another Teep is coming. It's vital to selling the fake. Hope this helps. #BalanceMuayThai #NakMuay #MuayThai #Kickboxing
I ain't playing. #BalanceMuayThai #NakMuay #Kickboxer
Got this from the Champ @cannon_briggs #LetsGoChamp
What are you looking at Kazaan? Scratch me, bitch.
Leave the gun, take the cannoli.
Two ugly men in poorly fitted suits.
They will all fall. They have no say in the matter.
November 2013. The day after my first pro fight. I won via Unanimous Decision. As you can see my eyes are virtually shut. I'm not sure whether that's due to all the hits i took over those 5 rounds or due to the copious amounts of beer I drank after taking those hits. With Ajarn Mac. He was my first Kru (teacher). At the time I was training and fighting out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. The place where I became a martial artist.
Working on the Sabbath.
The man is an inspiration. I don't care if you love or despise him. Listen to the words he speaks, they'll change your life.
Cannot wait for Collision. @glorykickboxing
They Ain't Ready. #muaythai #kickboxing #nakmuay
Forgive the imposing music. My brother @shantanu_shakahari_pujari and I wanted to look tough.
The valley looks stunning and I thought if I could put up an extremely subtle picture of my Katana, then why not?