Top 6 Mistakes Amateur Fighters Make

The Muay Thai Guys Podcast – Episode 25

shutterstock_88524637Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone gets knocked down. Everyone loses.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a low level amateur or an elite level pro, chance are you’ve made hundreds of mistakes that have cost you in one way or another.

That being said, learning from your mistakes is all a part of the journey. Without making these mistakes you’d never know the holes in your game or learn the valuable lessons that come with them.

However, if you keep making the same mistakes over and over again, you will put yourself in much more danger than you have to be… so limiting your mistakes and creating good habits (especially early on) will be key to your success

In the most recent Muay Thai Guys Podcast, Paul ( and Sean discuss the common mistakes they and other fighters have made early on in their career including:

  1. Not Listening To Your Trainer – It’s common for beginners to think they know it all after training for a few months. Keep a humble, open mind and be ready to listen to and DO what your trainer is telling you to do.
  2. Doing Too Much Of Everything – Muay Thai should be your main focus (especially early on when you’re leaning proper technique). You don’t need to do yoga, strength and conditioning, pilates, gymnastics and other supplemental training activities. Once you get to  a point in your training career where your technique is solid, THEN it might be a good idea to add supplemental training.
  3. Not Taking Risks – You’re already considering being a fighter, so you should already have the right mindset when it comes to taking risks. Taking fights on short notice, fighting tough opponents, and traveling to Thailand are just some ideas for the risks you might want to consider taking.
  4. “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” – Procrastinating and making excuses is unacceptable if you want to succeed in Muay Thai (or with anything in life). Take action and follow through with your plans and it will pay off in the long run.
  5. Quantity or Quality? – Finding a balance between quality and quantity training can be tough to do. The weeks where you have to work 60 hours are the weeks you should focus more on quality rather than quantity. The weeks where you have more free time and want to just put the repetitions in should be focused on getting quantity in (while not sacrificing too much quality).
  6. Slow Down – When learning a new technique, combo or strategy, be patient and slow things down. You don’t have to go 100% right away-and chances are if you do, you’ll pick up some bad habits along the way.

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Sean "Muay Thai Guy" Fagan owns & operates the largest online Muay Thai community and the #1 training resource for nak muay of all levels.

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