Samart Seminar Review

Written by mlucas. Posted in Muay Thai News


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Published on June 28, 2012 with 7 Comments

Recently I was able to attend a seminar given by Samart Payakaroon at Fight and Fitness. I arrived a little late to the three hour seminar and so only viewed the instruction given by Samart, Jongsanaan, and Saekson Janjira. Students were given padless drills to work on and were stuck with the same partner throughout the seminar which emphasized my belief in setting up a partnership before seminars to get the most of it.

Who doesn’t want to punch Jongsanaan? Samart surely does!

The seminar began with a simple punch drill back and forth. The jab, cross, hook, rear uppercut drill emphasized weight distribution with the weight shifting from the front of the body for the hook to the back of the body for the rear uppercut. This shifting allows for more power as Jongsanaan explained.

Jongsanaan got hooks for days

The three instructors took turns both explaining and showing the different techniques with Samart’s lack of english being made up for by both Jongsanaan and ’s fluid translation.  The majority of the comboniations however, were demonstrated/taught by Samart.

The seminar continued on with another punch technique, and a few kicking techniques. It then was rounded out with a couple of really smart and tricky clinch moves. One particularly savvy move involved a counter to a body lock. After bracing one’s shin across the hips of the opponent you would want to push your head behind the opponent’s neck. If the right shin is across the hip then the head should move to the right hopefully pushing behind the opponent’s head. The push should allow you to swing to the right and at the same time hook one’s hand on the opponent’s head and shoulder opening him up for a retaliation knee to the head/body with the right knee.

Mark loves being kicked in public

Overall this was a great  seminar. It went a little smoother than some of the other seminars I’ve been to, and felt like the instructors did a great job rounding out the techniques adding in a little bit of everything (punching, kicking, clinching, and elbowing). Also the end of the seminar included a group question and answer which I thought was a fantastic idea. I know a few people on the site showed up. What did you all think?

Questions, Questions, Anyone?


All these people attended.

Also I found out that Samart has a gym in Bangkok up near the Don Muang airport, have any of you been up there? I plan on checking it out the next time I am in town.



About mlucas

Born to a working class family in rural New York I grew up working like a dog and drinking Natural light in the woods. After a brief stint attempting to escape the poverty of employment via university I gave up on escaping the grind and moved to sunny California where the burritos are as generous as the weather. I work in the service industry slinging booze and food. I got into Muay Thai as a recreational activity. I saw an interclub fight and decided to try it out, everyone has to test their mettle somehow. A few fights and a year later I was in Thailand training, and fighting. I haven’t quit stepping into the ring since. I currently live in West Oakland and balance my time blocking punches with my head with attempting to prevent brain deterioration through writing, studying Thai; language, culture and history, and going to wild dance parties with my friends.

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  1. So Matt ur saying that when they showed the lead hook rear uppercut, when u hooked ur weight would be on the lead leg then would transition to the back leg for the uppercut? so u would have ur weight on the same side leg as the punch?

  2. I was there and I really enjoyed the seminar. This was the only muay thai seminar I’ve attended so I cant compare but I found it to be very practical. I was worried it would be more of a demonstration but that wasn’t the case at all. I learned alot of things that I have been able to incorporate it to my daily training. Overall I think it was money well spent and was surprised that more people didn’t show up(not complaining though).

  3. I`d spend ny last money on Samart`s seminar, but damn it… Samart would not ever go to Russia :(

    • *my*. Any chance a video of seminar would be available?

  4. Sure looked like fun!

  5. Top 3 nakmuay kru in the states.

  6. I actually was with Saekson and Samart back in april for about 2 or 3 weeks in Thailand and stayed at his gym for awhile while going to some others with the thai twins, Samarts gym is called Poptheeratham, his gym has 4 kids that fight and 2 in there twentys, very good gym

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