A little Motivation For You

Written by nopadon wongpakdee. Posted in All, Technique and Training, Tradition and Culture, Videos

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Published on June 13, 2008 with 11 Comments

The other day I wandered into one of Dave Pacquette’s session… let’s just say he’s a firm believer in conditioning. This was on Tuesday and I’m still sore as shit. It’s all good though, sometimes we all need a good kick in the ass to get us going.

We started the session with what Dave likes to call the “pre-requisites”. He gives you and your partner about 30 min. to complete 4 sets of pyramids kicks. (2 pyramids per leg) For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pyramids that’s where you work up a cumulative set of reps. So our pyramids are up to 20… so that’s 1 kick, 2 kicks, 3 kicks -20 kicks and back down. For those of you who aren’t rain man that’s 420 kicks per leg, or 840 kicks total. (I needed a calculator to figure that out)

Dave says he wants us to hit a wall… then to work through that wall. If that’s what he wants, I could save a lot of time… my wall is about 60 kicks in.

My partner Dean is an effing beast. Dude powers through everything… really makes me sick. When he’s holding for me he keeps me honest, “Come on… good kicks!” I’d say about 400 kicks in, I want to shoot him in the face.

The rest of the class involves lots of pad kicking and working through pain and fatigue. It takes an incredible amount of focus and concentration to execute when you’re so beat physically.

Anyway this physical shock, was just the push I needed to get motivated. Muse was good enough to pass along these clips. The clips show Tyrone and Andy working it… I watched these and it totally got me in the mood to put some work in.

My good friend Mark Mian works with our other good friend Neungsiam on his strength and conditioning. Neungsiam admits that if he would’ve had Mark in his Lumpini days he would have extended the life of his career.

This is an area I think nearly all Thai fighters are lacking in. Conditioning in Thailand often amounts to running, pads and sparring. Yes it’s done to exhaustion… but there’s really no science behind it. I would love to see some of the top Thai fighters get with a good strength and conditioning guru. That would be scary…

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  1. those were some sick burpees tyrone was doing in the first vid.

  2. Nice post. Damn I think I would have lots of trouble with that kicking drill at this point.

    I may have mentioned before, as these types of workouts get increasingly more popular for overall conditioning, I bought Ross E’s book Infinite Intensity and it covers a lot of these workouts but more importantly, gives you a good 50-day workout plan to follow. That is what I needed, seeing as not everyone has a Mark Mian available :-) — you can find the book at rossboxing.com and really worth the money.

    These workouts on here are sick too. Nop, did you go to the Reat.nl site. Check out who use can see being run through a workout:

    http://reat.nl/picts/Yodsenklai%201.JPG

    Talk about scary. Oh, and one last thing for all you FnFers…. When I stopped through on my trip back to the States, I saw that Cariaso bought a bunch of kettle bells. So you guys have kettle bells, a tractor tire and sledgehammer, all the medicine balls you can handle… FnFers should be getting in damn good shape with these style workouts.

  3. Haha great article. Although i really think you are giving me too much credit, i hardly power through, felt like i was going to die at about half way!

    I particularly liked it when it was finished everyone went outside to catch some fresh air/water/be sick, makes me feel better that im not the only one that found it so hard!

  4. Diimak, unfortunately for all the equipment, no one knows how to use them correctly!!

  5. Good workout from Tyrone… I think next time he should take his shirt off to make sure we see all of the exercises better… about Andy… I just wanted to throw up seeing him… he’s got conditioning alright, with a lousy personality and no Muay Thai skills to back it up with.

    Anyways, I liked the point about the conditioning… it is true that its important and can make a fighter very strong, but in the same time, you must have talent and technique to use it well.

  6. damn, i should head to one of those sessions. When does dave hold class during the week?

  7. “about Andy… I just wanted to throw up seeing him… he’s got conditioning alright, with a lousy personality and no Muay Thai skills to back it up with.”
    ….I’m not a big fan of Andy myself however, correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think Andy ever claimed to be a Nakmuay nor do I remember him ever fighting in Thailand ( I could be wrong though, but I doubt it). Last time I checked he was a Shooto Fighter/kickboxer.

    I also disagree wit ur last statement
    “Anyways, I liked the point about the conditioning… it is true that its important and can make a fighter very strong, but in the same time, you must have talent and technique to use it well.” I believe that u need conditioning to have a chance to use ur talent and technique…not the other way around….but I’m sure that part could be easily argued…Just thought I’d give my personal 2 cents on this matter.
    Bless!

  8. Gio, read Nop’s first paragraph….he says “Tuesday”…. :-)

  9. whoops, embarassing. :P

  10. Gio..Don’t sweat it, man. It happens to the best of us…lol.

  11. I find Alain Ngalani´s videos really inspiring when before Im doing strength exercises . The guy is a beast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb8zH6SvWQk

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