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  • How Do I Condition My Shins?

    written by: Ben Johnston – Muay thai fighter and trainer out of The Fight Centre

    There is no doubt about it, muay thai is a tough sport that requires kicking hard parts of another persons body. In a sport where two unpadded shins often clash bone-on-bone during competition, it leaves students asking the question “how do I condition my shins?”.

    Images of Tong Po from the movie “KICKBOXER” starring Jean Claude Van Damme, spring to many old school martial artists’ mind when thinking of fighters with tough shins, but that is just a movie, right?

    There are definitely some nak muay (muay thai fighters) in the real world that have extremely tough shins. A quick youtube search will bring up many videos of guys who break baseball bats and bend steel poles by kicking them (caution:  searching this may send you down a youtube rabbit hole of strange videos). I absolutely do not recommend anybody trying to copy these guys, including experienced fighters. I highly doubt that kicking steel poles and baseball bats is a common occurrence for most of the guys in these videos, and is probably a rare occasion when done for a crowd or a video. These guys would have also spent YEARS toughening their shins up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them had some seriously bruised shins the next day.

    Should I hit my shins with hard objects to toughen them?

    Conditioning the shins through the method of hitting it with a hard object is not the best way to condition your shins. A better method is to repetitively kick a heavy bag. If you are new to the sport, even this may be painful. What happens over time is the nerves on the shins start to deaden, and your shin will begin to calcify.

    Slamming your shins with a hard object (such as a rolling pin) will just cause haematomas, and all that will do is make it too painful to kick the next day, and you will miss training sessions while you are waiting for your shins to heal.

    I remember one of my fighters had an injured shin but she insisted on continuing to kick on it, as she didn’t want it to “lose conditioning”. She was actually correct in thinking her shin will be less conditioned while she waits a few weeks for it to heal, but it is more important that she take the time to let it heal properly and then build the conditioning back up, rather than continuing to kick and never allowing it to heal properly.

    What if my shins start to hurt during the fight?

    What many muay thai students hoping to fight don’t realise is during a fight your shins will more than likely start to hurt from kicking an opponent’s elbows or shins, but this pain is usuallytolerable (not always) for the duration of the fight and begins to set in once the fight is finished. This is due to the adrenaline levels increasing in your body during a fight. Once this wears off however, you will start to feel all the bumps and bruises that you accumulated throughout your fight, and you can expect to be sore for a few days or weeks afterward.

    Everyone’s body is different

    I remember Richard Walsh (former trainer of many Australian muay thai legends including John Wayne Parr and Nathan Corbett) telling me about how after a fight Nathan Corbett used to feel very and sore, whereas Danny “DDD” Derdowski (another great Australian fighter from a few years back) used to pull up fine, and it wouldn’t be strange to see him kicking a football around at the park the day after a fight.

    So don’t worry if other people take a few days before they can start kicking again but you take a few weeks. This is likely due to their genetics and their post fight recovery routine, rather than having better shin conditioning. You can read more about post fight recovery here.

    How should I condition my shins without causing injury?

    If you are training correctly, your shins should naturally start to condition themselves. As mentioned earlier, kicking a heavy bag is a fantastic way to deaden the nerves and calcify the shin. Sparring with shin pads on will also help toughen up your shins, but if you spar so hard that you do get some bruising and haematomas hduring the session, be sure to let them recover before you go smashing them into things again. If your shins are particularly bruised from a fight or hard training, wear a shin pad while you kick pads or the bag, and even wear two pads on the sore shin (one on-top of the other) while you spar.

    Don’t forget that recovery is very important. If we are causing damage to the bone (which is always happening to a small extent while we train), we want to allow it time to heal properly before we go damaging it again. So getting plenty of sleep is always great, and if you have a particularly hard sparing session, don’t go sparring hard again the very next day.

    Usually, the reason someone is wanting to condition their shins is because they don’t know what to expect in their first fight, and they are trying to prepare for the pain to come. So if you are reading this because you are trying to prepare for your first fight, let me attempt to put your mind at ease:

    In over a decade of fighting I have never specifically conditioned my shins, and I also don’t know personally of any other professional fighters that spend time specifically just conditioning their shins (unless everyone has been keeping a secret from me all of these years). If you are training hard by sparring, kicking pads and kicking the heavy bag, you can rest easy knowing your shins will most likely be fine in a padded and unpadded fight!

    To learn about core conditioning for muay thai visit this article that Ben also wrote:

    Ben Johnston The Fight Centre
    Article by: Ben Johnston – Muay Thai fighter and trainer out of The Fight Centre
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  • Featured Fighter of the Month Jed Ariens

    We have an quick catch up with boxer  JED “CAPTAIN JEDI” ARIENS 
    • Fight Style: Boxing
    • Class: Professional Middleweight
    • State: QLD (Sunshine Coast)
    • Gym: Extreme Boxing
    • Fight Record: 36 Fights [24W-10L-2D]
    How old were you when you first start training? First ever boxing session at 10 but properly at 15 What got you into the sport? When I was younger we read the book “The power of one” in school. Thought I would give a try since I was never any good at the team sports in school! What is your biggest success in your career so far? Turning pro was a big milestone! Or the IFKF AUSTRALIAN TITLE was a big one too. What have you had to sacrifice to get to where you are now? Boxing is full of sacrifice everyday, because we train so much there’s a lot of time with friends and family that we sacrifice to be good at what we do. Who inspires you as a fighter? Can’t get past the story of Jeff Horn. What a legend! Is it more important to be respected or feared, why? I think it’s more important to be respected. Fear doesn’t say anything about your character, respect does. What’s coming up for you in the next few months? My next pro fight is on 28th of July so I look forward to that! Training camp for that start next week! What do you enjoying doing when you’re not training? I enjoy hanging out at the beaches in Sunshine Coast with friends or my dog Boston. If you were injured and could no longer train or fight, what would your fallback plan be? Oh no I haven’t even thought what I would do without Boxing. Let’s just pretend that will never happen shall we?

    To book Jed Ariens for a fight, get in touch with our NRF Fight Management Team

    Keep an eye on our Facebook , Instagram and Website for more, as we follow Jed’s journey through his fight career.


  • North Brisbane Golden Open Championships

    North Brisbane Golden Open Championships is on November 4, 2018, at the Northside Indoor Sports Centre, 17 Flinders Parade North Lakes

    Registration is now open.Click here to register now

    Check out the Rules in four Different Disciplines such as Combudo Mod M.M.A, K1 Amateur, Muay Thai, and K1 Light Kick. Rules for Combudo Mod M.M.A Allowed Punches (Not to Head) Kicks (Full Torso) Knees (Body Only) Judo Throws Ju Jitsu Throws Wrestling Throws Zone Escape Arm Locks and Choke Not Allowed Punches to Face Knees to Face Elbows Neck Cranks Spike Throws Leg Locks Rules for K1 Amateur Allowed Punches Kicks (Full Torso) Knees (To body only) Not Allowed Spinning Back Fist Knees to Head Clinching Leg Grabs/Holds Throws over Hip Throws over Shoulder Rules for Muay Thai Allowed Punches Elbows Knees to Body Kicks Active Clinch Leg Grabs Catches with Follow Up Strike/Sweep Not Allowed Spinning Back Fist Spinning Elbow Knees to Head Inactive Clinch Direct Kicks to Knee Throws over Hip Throws over Shoulder Rules for K1 Light Kick Allowed Kicks to Head Kicks to Body Kicks to Legs Punches to Head Punches to Body Sweeps Knees to Body Not Allowed Catching Leg Spinning Back Fist Knees to Head Elbows Full Contact K1 Kick Light ISKA Ruleset Semi Contact Points ISKA Ruleset Combudo – Modified MMA ISKA Ruleset Light Continuous ISKA Ruleset Muay Thai Amateur ISKA Ruleset ISKA Queensland Australia, Northside Golden Ticket Event Registration is now open. Click here to register now
  • Trainer / Fighter Relationship

    A solid trainer/athlete relationship

    Written by: Yolanda Schmidt
    Apart from your family, as an athlete, your trainer or coach becomes a pivotal part of your life. Perhaps the next closest person to you. Similar in the way an infant becomes attached to a parent, your trainer is your “primary caregiver”within your sporting career, and a good athlete/trainer relationship provides safety, security and emotional support, alongside the tools to better your skills. When an athlete feels safe and secure, which increases as trust levels increase, they are more likely to push boundaries and take risks to improve.  

    To build this solid relationship between an athlete and their trainer/coach, appreciation, mutual trust, respect and communication is required”

      Whether you are male or female, the importance of a solid relationship, between an athlete and their trainer, is pivotal. Studies conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association have revealed that the level of trust between an athlete and trainer can directly impact your performance, as an individual and as a team. The most contributing factor, revealed in a study of The Canadian Olympic team and their ability to medal, was a coach-athlete relationship.  


    A trainer takes time away from their family to guide, prepare, mentor and corner you during fight camp, weigh ins and the fight itself. At times they are taken away from their family completely as you travel, interstate or internationally, for competition. Yes, it might be part of their job description, and what they have signed up for, nonetheless, it is time invested in you. You trust in them! The most common response from trainers has been “I feel that my job is very rewarding, but that’s not to say it comes without challenges”. It is a two way street and when appreciation is given from both parties, all challenges are worth the effort.   Your trainer or coach is exposed to your most vulnerable times, when you are depleted and reaching for the last of your energy, they see almost every drop of sweat, second of training and every competition. They take your tantrums and deal with motivating you accordingly. They are there every step of the way. As a result, many athletes attribute their success and/or failures to their trainers.   Your trainer decides when to push you, when to lay off and what method to utilise so as to get the best out of you. If you are reading this and you can’t agree then you have the wrong trainer/coach. It is most certainly not a one-size-fits-all, find your fit. The dynamics between athletes and trainers will differ from person to person.  

    Do you obey your trainer or trust them?


    It is important that an athlete feels content with putting their career, whether it is as an amateur or a professional, in the hands of their trainer. Trust that he or she places your wellbeing at the top of their priority list within your sporting career. Trust that they would never allow you to step into the ring if they did not believe you were capable of the challenge, and trust that there is method to their madness, even if you can’t see it just yet.   You need to trust that your trainer or coach is taking the best approach, suited to you as an individual, to further develop you and your career.   Similarly, your coach/trainer is required to place all trust in you, that you will be doing what should be done, and at the right intensity, when they are not around. A good coach leads you but doesn’t hold your hand. If you can give 110% when your trainer is not around then you can give 150% when he or she is. This leads to achieving goals together.  

    It’s about how hard you work when no one is watching

    Your coach/ trainer assists to set and achieve goals, but without trust there is a high chance of lost motivation, and falling short of reaching goals or potential. Trainer-athlete trust affects how much progress you, as an individual athlete, may or may not make in your career.   Lastly, in regards to trust, it’s important to learn to trust yourself as well!


    Respect is imperative! Respect the decisions made by your trainer, keeping in mind that their decisions are to benefit you, not themselves. It is most important that you show your trainer/ coach respect. They are not superior but they do see the bigger picture, things you are unable to see, and at times things that are otherwise clouded by our emotions, fatigue or predetermined ideals.   As I would never talk back to my parents, so is the case with my trainers and coaches. Again, if you have the right coach, their intentions are simply to further develop your skill and/or career.  So when you are asked to do something, it is for your own good, and you just do it.

    The bond you share with your trainers is unexplainable, success is a byproduct of a trustful relationship”



    An open line of communication is essential, being able to openly and honestly vocalise your ideas, concerns, goals and frustrations play a huge role in building this solid relationship.  Are you reliable, can you be depended upon? I can count on my trainers and they certainly can count on me. Your trainer is more than a coach, they are a mentor, and advisor, a therapist, and the bad guy and good guy all rolled into one. One thing they are not is a mind reader, so suck it up and start communicating.   Communication is not only about the ability to talk, but the ability to listen. Unfortunately in life, most people listen with the intention of responding instead of listening to understand. Effective communication leads to better understanding and therefore increased trust between trainers and athlete.  

    Personalised, you’re not just a number.

    Building a strong bond with each individual athlete allows the sense of belonging and not simply a ticket to victory. This part of the trainer’s job description it a hard task in itself. Trainers and coaches provide extrinsic feedback on performance to allow for skill development. They provide encouragement and support. This allows you, as the athlete, to accomplish personal and professional goals. It develops the ability to be an intrinsically motivated person, improve your confidence and encourage you to take on challenges head on. Now, don’t get my wrong, they are not your parents and will at no point baby you as this will not lead to success. I am also not saying that you can’t be successful without your trainer, but I can assure you will go further with a trainer by your side who you trust with your life. It is like one big jigsaw puzzle, all pieces play a part.   When your trainer gets to know you as an individual this provides the opportunity to develop strategies to get the most out of you. In turn this provides them with the knowledge and understandingof how to motivate you during certain stages of your fight prep. Have you ever been extremely nervous or extremely hyped up and after one minute with your trainer, you’re all good to go. How do you think this is possible? They pay attention, get to know you as an individual and get those strategies down pat.   Both parties need to display certain characteristics such as patience, understanding and problem solving skills, but most importantly, observation in order to build trust.   Written by Yolanda Schmidt 
  • Member Results March 3, 2018

    Check out the weekends NRF member fight results from around Australia here…


    ROZI KOMLOS fought this weekend but unfortunately did not come away with a win. Rozi put on one strong fight against another tough NRF fighter, Brooke Cooper, to get the crowd going!
    Sadly not my night tonight! A very tough first fight back against the beautifully talented @brooke_psycho_cooper so fun to share the ring with her! ~ Rozi Komlos

    Rozi (L) and Brooke (R) weighed in

        BROOKE COOPER with her style and skills she was able to bring home the win on the Russian Roulette “The 2nd Shot” show vs fellow NRF fighter Rozi Komlos. Great Job Brooke!
    It was my 30th fight tonight on Russian Roulette and I came home with the bread, making a even 20 wins ~ Brooke Cooper

    Rozi (L) and Brooke (R) had their weigh in

        EDDIE “FIGHTING” FARRELL took a last minute fight fight on  Saturday March 3rd at the WAKO K-1 QLD STATE Championships and in true Eddie style, brought home the win with a dominate peformance, taking home the WAKO title belt.
    Good experience at the WAKO show, thanks for the fight Brandon Cox! Good scrap before my next fight k1 fight against Brad Davies. Heard he walks forward. So do i! Lets see who walks backwards April 14  ~ Eddie Farrell

    Eddie Farrell (R)

    Eddie (R)

    Eddie with his WAKO K1 belt

    JONATHAN “BLACK GOLD” TUHU wowed the crowd as he showed off an epic fight against his opponent. Unfortunately,  he lost the fight by unanimous decision

    Jonathan Tuhu (L)

    Jonathan in action

        KYL JULER gave his best but it didn’t go his way, he was not able to win this fight but with his great performance he made everyone proud!
    After a good hard fight. I lost from split decision. Can’t thank my sponsors, blair, and urban fight gym for all the training recover and help during fight camp. ~ Kyl Juler

    Kyl (R)

        DANIEL “Fearless” JOYCE  was super keen and ready for his fight, however he didn’t come away with the goods.
    Unfortunately I did not come away with the win tonight, I lost on points against a very very tough opponent!  ~ Daniel Joyce

    Daniel (R) in action

        JAMES BROMLEY fought like a lion but this time was not able to bring home the win with a split decision loss.

    Pre-fight, James Bromley (R)


        BROOKE FARRELL put on an exciting fight vs fellow NRF fighter Kimmy Law. Although she didn’t get the win, she certainly entertained the crowd and made everyone’s jaw-drop with her solid cracking body kicks.
     I’m always ready and always keen to fight whoever is put in front of me! Was a great privilage to share the ring with Kim. ~ Brooke Farrell

    Weigh ins, Brooke Farrell

    Kimmy Law (L) and Brooke Farrell (R)

        AIDAN LAY fought in Brisbane, unfortunately no chicken dinner on the night.
    Had a good, hard fight last night against a great opponent. Was my best fight yet and very happy with how I fought. Thought i did enough to win, but that’s the way it goes with the judges sometimes. I’ll be back stronger next time ~ Aidan Lay

    Aidan Lay (R)

    Aidan (R) in action

        KIMMY LAW gave one exciting performance vs fellow NRF fighter Brooke Farrell in an epic NRF match up.  Kimmy taking the fight at a heavier weight and coming home with the WMC QLD Title at 53kg. Fantastic work, Kimmy!
    Another title under my belt, great to be back in my home town surround by friends and family. Feeling very blessed to have such a supportive motivating team behind me hpt and sitshoothon. ~ Kimmy Law

    Kimmy Law (L) and Brooke Farrell (R)

    Kimmy with her new bling

        Taha Hunter made her way from Cairns to at QLD State Titles K1 Kickboxing on the Gold Coast. Although she did not come away with the win she definitely gave us a great performance!

    Taha (L)

        JOSH HACKETT fought on the in Brisbane, unfortunately not coming away with the win this time with the points not on his favour.    


    DANNY ROBERTS was back over the ropes in NSW. Not coming away with the win on the night unfortunately.

    Pre-fight pose



    STEPHEN KIRK goes undefeated as he had his 6th win last Saturday at Futures VII. Definitely a fighter to keep an eye on!
    6-0 [sic] Yeah. Thank You for all the support from here to ireland really feeling the love❤ onto the next one ❤ #7-0 ~ Stephen Kirk

        MIKYLA BAGGSTROM-WILD stepped over the ropes on the weekend in WA and took home the win. Well done Mikyla!
    This win goes to my team, as always, for the countless hours they spend building me into a better, stronger and smarter fighter every day.  ~ Mikyla Baggstrom-Wild

    Mikyla (L) at weigh in



    LUIS REGIS went down to Melbourne to defended his WMC title and came away with with a split points draw, which makes him still the title holder.
    It’s was a great fight definitely close but not a draw in my eyes thank to @alex ilijoski for the amazing fights to be the champ you got to beat the champion I remain my 3rd belt now let’s work for bigger and better things. ~ Luis Regis

    Luis (R)

    Rozi Komlos LOSS Muay Thai
    Brooke Cooper WIN Muay Thai
    Eddie Farrell WIN Muay Thai
    Jonathan Tuhu LOSS Muay Thai
    Kyl Juler LOSS Muay Thai
    Kimmy Law WIN Muay Thai
    Daniel Joyce LOSS Muay Thai
    Aidan Lay LOSS Muay Thai
    James Bromley LOSS Muay Thai
    Brooke Farrell LOSS Muay Thai
    Taha Hunter LOSS Muay Thai
    Josh Hackett LOSS Muay Thai
    Mikyla Baggstrom-Wild WIN Muay Thai
    Stephen Kirk WIN Muay Thai
    Luis Regis DRAW Muay Thai
    Danny Roberts LOSS Muay Thai
    Photo credits to: Sharon Richards Photographics Adams AI Photography W.L Fight Photography
  • Member Results March 09-10 2018

    Check out the weekends NRF member fight results from around Australia here…


    AYDE “PRICKLES” WALKER stepped over the ropes on the weekend, unfortunately not coming away with the good this time around, but as always gracious in defeat.
     I lost in the second round to the three knock down rule my opponent landed some big punches and they did the job, I’m not disappointed with a loss, I do wish it went for longer but that’s just the way it goes. ~ Ayde Walker

    KIRI BRADLEY also fought last Saturday on Elite Fight Series – Cairns. She made us proud with her skills and showed the true spirit of a Muay Thai, after a hard fought battle, this time she wasn’t able to bring home the win.
    Reflecting on a hectic and and wonderful fight weekend… I did not win my fight , and I still feel like I have won so much . ~ Kiri Bradley

    Kiri at weigh in

    Kiri (R) in action


    KIM TOWNSEND fought last Saturday on Elite Fight Series – Cairns and managed to win against fellow NRF member Kiri Bradley. Way to go Kim!
    Interesting but fun fight trip to Cairns… what’s a Lil Kim fight without a lil drama? However I managed to get the win against the extremely tough and awesome chick Kiri Bradley. ~ Kim Townsend

    Kim (L) and Kiri (R) atweigh in

    The win goes to Kim Townsend

    CHELSEA “HAMMER” HACKETT won her fight last Friday March 9th and was able to bring home the WBC AUSTRALIAN title. Well done Chelsea!
    The NEW WBC AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION! That feeling! Last night I fought the WA champ and tough Victoria Callaghan in a 5 round war winning by unanimous decision and making it my favourite fight to date, I had so much fun in there ~ Chelsea Hackett

    Chelsea (L) and her opponent (R)

    Chelsea giving a right hook to her opponent


    DANIEL MARSHALL also gave his best shot at Siam 2 Sydney last Saturday. He was not able come away with the NSW MUAYTHAI AUSTRALIA STATE TITLE against NRF Australia fighter Hugh O’Donnell but he is keen to make his next fight a success. You did well Daniel!
    Did the mahi, went home without the treats on Saturday. Still a pleasure to get in and do the dance. ~ Daniel Marshall

    Daniel in action

    HUGH O’DONNELL stepped over the ropes and coming away as the NSW MUAYTHAI AUSTRALIA STATE Champion. Great job Hugh!!
    An honour and a privilege to share the ring with my homie @daniel_sahn1 twice already this year.  ~ Hugh O’Donnell

    Daniel (L) and Hugh (R)

    HUW DAVIES had one of his best fight last Saturday at Siam 2 Sydney 13 and took home the win. It was a great fight. Good job, Huw!

    CONOR O’FLAHERTY  Unfortunately, not getting win for him this time on Siam 2 Sydney.  Looking forward to seeing Conor back in there again soon!

    Conor (L) and his opponent (R) during weigh in

    LAURA CAVE never failed to surprise us with her outstanding fighting skills and brought home the win. Keep it up Laura!
    Just the beginning.  ~ Laura Cave

    Laura at weigh in

    DIANDRA MARTIN was back over the ropes again and once again took home another win. Amazing job Diandra!

    Diandra (L)

    Diandra wins

    Ayde “Prickles” Walker LOSS Muay Thai
    Mark “All the Spark” Solomon WIN Muay Thai
    Chelsea “Hammer” Hackett WIN Muay Thai
    Kiri Bradley LOSS Muay Thai
    Laura Cave WIN Muay Thai
    Hugh “The Hurricane” O’Donnell WIN Muay Thai
    Huw Davies WIN Muay Thai
    Conor O’Flaherty LOSS Muay Thai
    Daniel Marshall LOSS Muay Thai
    Diandra Martin WIN Muay Thai
      Photo credits to: Sharon Richards Photographics W.L Fight Photography  
  • Muaythai: Positive Impacts on Character Development of Adolescents

    Muaythai: Positive Impacts on Character Development of Adolescents

    Written by: Yolanda Schmidt
    Muaythai, or any martial art for that matter, develops more than simply the ability to defend yourself. I am convinced that by the end of this article you too will agree that Muaythai can positively impact the future of our youth, and is equally, if not more, beneficial than any other sport. In fact, I am certain that your opinion will transform (if not already) as your knowledge evolves and that you would consider encouraging children and even your own children to partake in Muaythai. Unique learning opportunities can be offered through the study of the art of eight limbs. What makes Martial arts equally important in developmental stages of our youth? Much research has been conducted that supports the benefits martial arts can offer. Children are provided with the opportunity to develop physical, emotional and intellectual ability through the study of such an art (character development). Some parents are weary of enrolling their child into Muaythai, with the thought that it also promotes violence. Studies have shown that this is a myth. Martial arts can assist in further developing self-discipline, social skills, respect, focus, team work and self-confidence. It is training of the mind, body and soul. In fact, children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown great success with these programs. Self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids and Muaythai requires a vast amount of that. Children will learn how to maintain focus until conclusion of a task.

    Fosters Self-Discipline

    The discipline required in martial arts will carry through to other aspects of their life such as their academics, house chores and, in later years, work. Children are encouraged constantly to work on techniques to experience success. The “practice makes perfect” phrase comes to mind. Martial arts fosters drive and discipline to follow dreams, and set and achieve goals. Muaythai has provided assistance with troubled youth or at-risk youth by teaching the art of discipline. It has been reported that children who study the art of Muaythai are less likely to drop out of school, they have greater academic achievement, their sense of self is better developed and they are less likely to report of boredom than those children whose learning is not embedded within the arts.

    Promotes physical activity

    Muaythai makes use of contextual and practical study, which provides opportunity in the development in physical, social, aesthetic and cultural aspects. With the growing obesity epidemic in Australia, Muaythai promotes healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and wellbeing by providing students with the opportunity to make healthier life-style choices. Too often in modern society children opt for sedentary activities such as PlayStation games and mobile devices. Muaythai gives them an avenue to engage in physical activity while having fun and interacting with others. A very necessary skill, required in later life, is also acquired through the study of martial arts. Children will learn how to fail, a skill that aligns with competition. Today many sports go the route of every child being awarded a prize. Muaythai allows children to be accountable, develops resilience, determination and goal setting ability.  

    Body Awareness

    Every child has a different learning style, kinaesthetic, visual and auditory. Muaythai caters for all those learning styles, including every stage of Gardner’s multiple intelligences. Muaythai is linked to Gardner’s multiple intelligences in different ways, for example, bodily-kinaesthetic allows a child to think through the body, Muaythai allows problem solving of movements through feeling and exploring their own body. Intrinsic feedback is developed, the ability to recognise and feel when a technique is performed incorrectly and making the necessary adjustments. As well as extrinsic feedback, whereby the mirrors and trainers provide instructions on how to better their technique. This allows a child to value other’s feedback (and in other contexts, other’s opinions). Visual-spatial links to the awareness of where the body is while moving through the space (distance from partner or opponent to effectively land shots when hitting pads and sparring), with the ability to recognise, recall and manipulate movements. Another example of the multiple intelligences is the rhythmic component; children work with rhythm, vary tempos and learn about timing, when to execute techniques with sparring, bag work and pad work. Children also develop interpersonal skills through the study of the art form, providing them with the ability to relate to others through interaction, observation and collaboration with various different people, trainers and professional fighters.

    Instills Respect & Boost Self-Esteem

    Within Muaythai children are taught to value, respect and appreciate their trainers, themselves, their own achievements and the work of others. Many non-martial artists out there see it as simply learning combinations of skills. However, not only do children learn techniques, but develop their self-confidence and self-respect. Researchers back up my strong opinion that Muaythai provides children with the ability to observe critically, and exercises that promote a positive self-esteem and values, which fosters personal growth in their developmental stages. Your child’s self-esteem can be improved through the feeling of achievement and success during skill acquisition. The sense of accomplishment experience by a child is a feeling that encourages further goals to be set and achieved.

    Mental Alertness

    As you can see, Muaythai provides many learning opportunities for our youth, mental alertness skills are stimulated through attention to detail, modelling, sequencing, and memory of movements and combinations of techniques. The study of the art of eight limbs promotes team work, negotiation skills and understanding of other’s opinion during partner work and group activities. Muaythai is not purely about getting in the ring and fighting. Muaythai places emphasis on the processes of the experience, not only the end goal. Elements such as deep knowledge, cultural knowledge, deep understanding, engagement and problematic knowledge are incorporated into Muaythai classes. Then, the integration of the elements of performance (sparring days, demonstrations at festivals, amateur and professional bouts); encouraging confidence, projection and focus and the integration of the elements of appreciation, whereby students learn to appreciate their own work and those of others (YouTube videos of fighters who may inspire them). Muaythai promotes critical thinking through the reflection and analysis of their performance and those of their team mates.

    Communication and Social Skills

    Further research supports my belief that Muaythai enables participants to articulate, communicate and comprehend emotions and ideas in an engaging manner. Muaythai is a means of communication that is more powerful than that of politicians, regardless of the language spoken. Social skills are further developed along with team work. This statement is supported by researcher’s who believe that our lives are enriched through the engagement of our emotions projected through the study of the art form. Therefore, the opportunity to express movement symbolically within aesthetic and cultural contexts is provided in Muaythai (also evident in the Wai Khru Ram Muay). The study of Muaythai encourages expression of emotion and promotes subjectiveness of everyday events, which allows us to better understand ourselves, the world and our role in this life.

    Cross Curricular Links

    Children are able to develop interpersonal skills through Muaythai, including body awareness and body exploration. Muaythai can even be linked to other key learning within the school curriculum. Such as logical-mathematical links to Muaythai where children learn about movement patterns, rhythmical ideas and geometrical shapes. Geometrical shapes and lines associated with Muaythai skills allows students to think of abstract ideas linked to Mathematics. Linguistic development is supported through the learning of Muaythai techniques and movement names. Muaythai adds a cultural element to physical activity, providing children with the opportunity to learn about other cultures which can assist in reducing prejudice. Not only does this provide deep knowledge about culture, but it also creates the link between Muaythai and geography and history.
    Muaythai is a universal language, let us teach everyone!
      Written by Yolanda Schmidt  Muaythai Fighter : 36 Fights (29W-6L-1D-9KO)
    • WKN Australian title
    • WMC NSW State Title
    • WKA Australian Title
    • Thapae Stadium title
    • 2x MTA Gold medalist (2014, 2015),
    • 2x IFMA Bronze medalist (2015, 2016)
    • Australian Female Muaythai Fighter of the year 2015 
    • Australia’s most inspirational fighter of the year 2016
  • Member Results February 23-24 2018

    Check out the weekends NRF member fight results from around Australia here…


    GRIFFIN NIKPALJ fought hard on the weekend on the Sunshine Coast,  coming away with the win. Great work Griffin!

    Griffin and Krystal at weigh in.


    Griffin in action

    HOLLY NGUYEN also fought on the Sunshine Coast, unfortunately not coming away with the win this time around but doing her family proud!
    Well we did not get the win tonight but Holly gave it her all. She fought a war with a one time world champ & 2 x Australian champ. We love you kid & are so proud of all the effort you have put in for this ~ Ally Nguyen

    Holly in action



    NATALIE “NAT THRILLS” HILLS took a fight at last minute notice and also took home the win.  Well done Nat!
    Can’t thank enough for the early morning garage sessions before work n all his guidance over the years, meant a lot to get the win with him in my corner last night on home turf. -Natalie Hills

    Made weight in short notice (weigh in)


    Brought home the win!

    Griffin Nikpalj WIN Muay Thai
    Natalie “Nat Thrills” Hills WIN Muay Thai
    Holly Nguyen LOSS Muay Thai
  • Member Results February 10 2018

    Check out the weekends NRF member fight results from around Australia (and internationally) here…


    YOLANDA SCHMIDT  flew from NSW to fight in a huge tough war in QLD.  Yolanda pulled out all stops to come home with a well deserved win. Well done YOLO!  
    “After having a rough fight camp I’m happy to have brought home the win last night on Aggression 7 in Brisbane. Thank you for the messages of encouragement for the fight, awesome to receive them.Thank you to my opponent for sharing the ring with me, what a war it was. ” – Yolanda Schmidt

    Yolanda(left) weighed in

    Yolanda(left) won!  

    EMILY CORRY  put on a awesome display of Muay Thai showing the punters her skilful head kick.  Unfortunately the decision didn’t go Emily’s way but she sure wowed the crowed and earned herself some new fans!  Great work Emily!  

    Emily(left) weighed in

    Emily(left) in action!

    DIANDRA MARTIN  put on an aggressive performance as she dominated the fight landing beautiful knees to her opponent. Diandra came away with an impressive WIN!  

    Diandra Martin(left) WON!

    Dianadra showed her powerful leg strategy!

    AMY “Dutto” DUTTON  had her second fight back after a few years out of the ring.  Dutto went the full 5 rounds under full thai rules, not getting the win but scoring her first cut in 20 fights! Great to see you back in action Dutto!  

    Amy(right) weighed in

    JARROD “STONE” MASON had the crowd going ballistic in Brisbane.  This beast went head to head with his opponent over all 5 rounds but just coming up short of the win.  Great fight Jarrod! Well done.  

    Jarrod(left) weighed in

    Jarrod in action

    “PRINCESS” JASMINE PARR  also fought in Brisbane, unfortunately after sustaining a head kick knock out Jazzy was not able to recover in time to continue.  We wish Jasmine a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in the ring!  

    Jasmine(right)weighed in


    Jazzy in action!

    MICHELLE OWENS  put on an impressive performance, the Canberra fighter went to war in Brisbane on the weekend, coming away with a dominate win.  

    Michelle(right) releasing her powerful kick

    Michelle(left) announced that she won

    DANIEL MARSHALL  also hailing from Canberra also coming away with a dominate win and impressing the punters with his style and aggression.  Great work Daniel!  

    Daniel(right) announced he won the fight



    Yaolanda Schmidt WIN Muay Thai
    Emily Corry LOSS Muay Thai
    Diandra Martin WIN Muay Thai
    Amy Dutton LOSS Muay Thai
    Jarrod Mason LOSS Muay Thai
    Jasmine Parr LOSS Muay Thai
    Michelle Owens WIN Muay Thai
    Daniel Marshall WIN Muay Thai
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