Daniel McGowan: Ambitions as a Muay Thai Fighter

Daniel McGowan: Ambitions as a Muay Thai Fighter – A mini documentary about 22 year old, two-time world Muay Thai champion, Daniel McGowan – who’s ambition it is to become the first British Thai-boxer to win one of the most prestigious Muay Thai stadium championships in Thailand.

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Daniel McGowan has been coached since the age of 11 years old by former Muay Thai champion, ParnPetch Rirom and recounts: how his journey began as a martial artist; the influence of the late, great Liam Robinson; the life lessons he learnt in his fighting career from childhood into adulthood; and why his ambition to become the first British Thai-boxer to win a Thai stadium championship means so much to him and more.

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With thanks to: Kieran KeddleParnPetch RiromScience Of 8 Promotions & Muay Thai Grand Prix.

Edited, filmed & interviewed by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi

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“The Best Lightweight” in European MMA: Terry Brazier

“The Best Lightweight” in European MMA: Terry BrazierBAMMA two-weight world champion, Terry Brazier prepares for his Bellator MMA debut against Chris Bungard at Bellator Europe 1 on February 9, 2019 in this mini-documentary video filmed at, NFM Windsor on Boxing Day.

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Terry Brazier (10-1) won the BAMMA welterweight and lightweight world championships by defeating Alex Lohore and Rhys McKee, respectively, in 2018 before signing for Bellator MMA.

Having made British MMA history in a relatively short professional MMA career over the last three years, Brazier who, previously served in the British Army, has set himself some serious goals for 2019 and beyond at Bellator, including: winning his Bellator debut before intending to beat former UFC champion, Benson Henderson in America and then becoming the new Bellator lightweight champion by defeating the current champion, Michael Chandler.

However, first and foremost, Brazier has to defeat Scottish MMA fighter, Chris Bungard at Bellator Europe 1 and in this video, we see Terry Brazier training and sparring with his his team-mates at NFM Windsor, before flying out to Phuket, Thailand for the remainder of his fight camp for his Bellator MMA debut.

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Edited, filmed & interviewed by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi
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Additional footage courtesy of, BAMMA.

Damien Trainor Muay Thai Documentary: “I Found it Degrading” Fighting in Thailand (Part 4)

Damien Trainor Muay Thai Documentary: “I Found it Degrading” Fighting in Thailand (Part 4) – Damien Trainor opens-up on his personal experiences of fighting Muay Thai in Thailand during the early 2000’s when he lived & fought over there (in the early part of his fighting career).

Former two-time Muay Thai world champion, Damien Trainor, recounts how Thailand’s poverty and gambling culture had adverse effects on Muay Thai fighters from the hardships he endured, long before Thailand became a favourite training destination for Kickboxing, MMA and Muay Thai enthusiasts from around the world, with demoralising and disheartening consequences for fighters.

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This video is part four of a new Muay Thai documentary series on Damien Trainor’s journey as a martial artist, becoming a professional fighter and multiple world champion, now renown international striking coach in-demand from elite fighters in the UFC, Bellator & GLORY Kickboxing.

Filmed & edited by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi

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‘Remembering Ramon’ | Warrior Collective tribute to Ramon Dekkers

Ramon Dekkers will always be remembered as one of the (if not) greatest of all time fighters from the Netherlands and undoubtedly the greatest ‘Muay Farang’ who, took on anyone and everyone in Thailand and beat them up, good and proper.

Lumpinee champions were no longer unbeatable once they crossed paths with the “Turbine from Hell” and the rest as they say, is history. Real Muay Thai and kickboxing history that greatly influenced the sport, (both rule sets i.e.  K1 and Thai rules) to evolve in the manner that it has, in this day and age of combat sports.

“The Diamond” will always inspire future generations of aspiring fighters for his awesome achievements and for being an absolute legend of the sport. Sadly, Ramon is no longer with us and passed away on February 23, 2013. Dekker’s was only 43 years of age at the time of his passing which, was a huge loss for his family, friends and the world of martial arts.

Stuart Tomlinsonfounder of the Warrior Collective (will guest on The K1Anoop Show on May 1, 2017), produced this beautiful tribute, ‘Remembering Ramon’, with Dekker’s step-father and legendary coach, Cor Hemmers and younger brother, Nick Hemmers; sharing their real life stories and memories of the legend, Ramon Dekkers.

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The K1Anoop Show with Spencer Brown – Part 2/2 | March 21, 2017

Part two of our interview with Yokkao Boxing Next Generation fighter, Spencer Brown who, fights George Mouzakitis at Yokkao 23/24 on March 25, 2017.

In this concluding part of the full interview, we find out more about the young fighter himself and his mindset to life and the world of Muay Thai.

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The K1Anoop Show with Spencer Brown – Part 1/2 | March 20, 2017

Spencer Brown is a 19 year old Muay Thai fighter from the UK who, will be fighting against another 19 year old in George Mouzakitis at, Yokkao 23/24: Next Generation on March 25, 2017. Brown has been training at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok, in-preparation for this clash since January.

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GLORY 38 – Richard Abraham: From tombstones to GLORY Kickboxing and making life happen

Richard Abraham is a US Muay Thai fighter and welterweight contender for GLORY Kickboxing who, fights Antoine Pinto, at GLORY 38 in Chicago on February 24, 2017. Abraham who, is actually from Chicago, opens-up about all the trials and tribulations he’s experienced and had to overcome, in getting to where he is today and achieve things in life as: an individual, a brother, family man and fighter.

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GLORY 38: Antoine Pinto seeks new challenge via GLORY Kickboxing starting with Richard Abraham

Antoine Pinto is a Muay Thai fighter based in Thailand but was born in France. Growing up in Thailand, both Antoine and his brother Victor Leo Pinto, would take up Muay Thai from a young age, resulting in both Pinto brothers fighting for the likes of Thai Fight and establishing international fighting careers.

Antoine was the youngest “Farang” to fight at the Lumpinee stadium in Thailand but after a lifetime (almost) of Muay Thai, Antoine felt it was time for a new challenge and signed for GLORY Kickboxing (along with his brother) last year. Richard Abraham will be the first, stern test under GLORY rules for, Antoine at GLORY 38 on February 24, 2017 in Chicago.

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A White Belt State of Mind

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Georges St Pierre Welterweight Belt | Photo by: Pixeloflight via https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixeloflight/3042612590/

As George St Pierre (GSP) famously said:

“There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection.”

I would describe myself as a kickboxing martial artist first and foremost, not a fighter. The technical aspects of kickboxing; how combinations are applied; the importance of movement; speed and accuracy; and most importantly, training smart, are key components to developing one’s kickboxing skill that are of great interest to me; not just for my own benefit but as an art.

Nevertheless, kickboxing is really good fun with the added bonus of keeping you fit too and improving your self-confidence. There is no other sport that I have done that challenges me as much or makes me feel as good as kickboxing which, is an individual sport (but you need a reliable team around you to support you with your training).

My kickboxing journey began at the age of 10 when I started training under Master Surjit Bains (Tekk-H-Aido). By the time I was a teenager, kickboxing went on hold due to a recurring knee injury from football but I always missed kickboxing. When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I was casually training again in kickboxing but not consistently and nowhere near to the level that I am today.

When I was in my mid-20s and after a coupe of years of living in Surrey (after moving from Greater London), I started training under Master Gary Egleton [Sport Martial Arts Academy (SMA)]. Despite having been a high grade in my childhood, I started the grading program as a white belt (with no argument / attempts to negotiate starting at a slightly higher grade) and gradually worked my way up the grading system over the years that followed. I was even an assistant kickboxing instructor at SMA and was trained in how to coach others, not just by running classes for both kids and adults but by being taught how to coach by Master Egleton (he even had his own syllabus for training us as future instructors), which was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed training other kickboxers and learnt some valuable skills from doing so.

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Over the last three years, I have transitioned from (full contact) sport / freestyle kickboxing (above the waist) to K1 rules / Dutch style kickboxing (with the additional arsenal of low kicks and knees) after becoming a 1st Kup Brown belt.  I’ve trained at different gyms (and overseas too) with some good coaches and appreciate everything I’ve learnt since SMA.

I wanted to make the switch from sport kickboxing to K1 rules for some considerable time for two main reasons: one being that I was a fan of K-1, the other was that I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of one day becoming a 1st Dan Black belt if I hadn’t already broadened my kickboxing horizons (so to speak) before going for my 1st Dan.

I certainly feel that I have broadened my horizons a lot more as a kickboxer and will continue to do so with ‘a white belt state of mind’ i.e. always willing to learn, always working to improve and always evolving as a martial artist. Towards the end of last year I went travelling and spent a month in California (and was impressed by the Thai Boxing scene over there) and also a month in Phuket where I trained. Those experiences were awesome and some of the best I have had to-date (I’ll blog all about it in due course too).

However, none of this progress was plain sailing and there were many challenges I had to overcome to get to where I am today (with my overall training, dieting sensibly and dealing with bad health issues). The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences, good and bad, with anyone else and if my blog is in any way helpful / useful to anyone in the world then that in itself would please me.

I’m not saying that I am the best at everything nor, am I saying you should follow exactly what I say or have done. However, you’re clearly sensible enough since you’re already reading my blog to make your own decisions / judgments about things, so, always do your own research – ‘once you stop learning, you start dying’.

If you may need any pointers or have any questions you’d like to ask me then please feel free to leave a comment below.

Originally published on: September 2, 2015


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