Jab, Cross, Hook Combinations: Damien Trainor’s Boxing for Kickboxing Training

Jab, Cross, Hook Combinations – Damien Trainor’s Boxing for Kickboxing Training – Multiple world champion and renown Kickboxing & Muay Thai coach, Damien Trainor, demonstrates (whilst training at K-Star Legacy Gym in Birmingham) some good old jab, cross, hook combinations that won’t disappoint you when practising your boxing for kickboxing technical skills.

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Damien Trainor is a modern day coaching pioneer for MMA Striking, Kickboxing & Muay Thai and is a much sought after coach around the world by elite fighters in: GLORY Kickboxing, Lion Fight, Bellator Kickboxing, Bellator MMA, Cage Warriors, BAMMA and the UFC including, UFC Flyweight Champion, Henry Cejudo.

Credits:

Filmed & edited by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi

With thanks to: Damien Trainor (Instagram @trainor103) and K-Star Legacy Gym.

Damien Trainor Muay Thai Documentary: Fighting Adults as a 16 Year Old (Part 1)

Damien Trainor Muay Thai Documentary: Fighting Adults as a 16 Year Old (Part 1)Damien Trainor is a former two-time Muay Thai world champion from the UK; Now co-owner of K-Star Legacy Gym in Birmingham and a much sought after international striking coach by elite fighters in the UFC, Bellator and the world of Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

This video is the part one of a new Muay Thai documentary series on Damien Trainor’s journey as a martial artist, becoming a professional fighter and multiple world champion from: the early days of being coached by, Steve Logan at K-Star Thai-boxing Gym; and how Trainor’s Muay Thai career kicked-off fighting adults 10 years older than him as a 16 year old boy and much more.

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Credits:

Filmed & edited by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi

With thanks to: Damien Trainor (Instagram @trainor103), Steve Logan, K-Star Legacy Gym and K-Star Thai-boxing Gym.

Photo Credit (Thumbnail): The original photo (the one I used is a screengrab from one of Damien Trainor’s YouTube videos) was actually by, Rob Cox – Instagram @rcoxphoto – at The King of Thailand’s Birthday, many years ago.

Additional Footage sourced via:
Stuart Tomlinson/Warrior Colective
K Star Thai Boxing Academy
CSA Gym
Muay Thai Grand Prix
Damien Trainor

Dan Hardy: How Full Reptile Collective is Linked With UFC Return and Supporting ‘Grassroots MMA’

UFC veteran, Dan Hardy, elaborates on how the Full Reptile Collective is linked to his eventual UFC return and is focused on supporting ‘Grassroots MMA’ in the UK. Speaking at Victory Fights 2, Hardy also explains why Adam Amarasinghe who, will be making his Cage Warriors 95 London debut, is a “special athlete”, after his KO win over Andrew Mendes at Victory Fight 2 and much more.

Dan Hardy is launching the Full Reptile Collective in-partnership with former (The Ultimate Fighter) TUF contestant and British MMA fighter turned head coach at NFM Windsor, Dean Amasinger and strength coach, Oli Richardson. The aim of Full Reptile Collective is to support British MMA and other combat sports by giving the fighters exactly the support structure that they need but currently lacking within the UK.

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Jimi Manuwa “Iooking at” UFC Fight Night Moscow, UK in Golden Period with “New Stars Like Darren Till”

UFC light-heavyweight, Jimi Manuwa declares: “I’m looking at September Moscow” and that “new stars like Darren Till” is one of the main reasons why the UK is in its ‘Golden Period’ of MMA; with British UFC star, Darren Till, having recently defeated, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at, UFC Liverpool.

The UFC had recently announced that they will be hosting their first event (UFC Fight Night Moscow) in Russia at the Olimpiyskiy Arena, Moscow on, September 15, 2018.

With it being reported as UFC Fight Night Moscow and not as a pay per view event, the UFC’s first event in Russia won’t (most probably) feature Russian MMA fighter and UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov but the addition of, Jimi Manuwa would add more interest for fight fans.

However, further announcements about the fight card are expected in due course and if Jimi Manuwa is set to fight on UFC Fight Night Moscow then who, do you feel Manuwa should be matched-up with?

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Dean Amasinger on Dan Hardy Partnership, Reacts to Darren Till and Yoel Romero Missing Weight

NFM Windsor heach coach, Dean Amasinger on his younger brother, Adam Amarasinghe’s KO win over Andrew Mendes at Victory Fights 2 and his partnership with Dan Hardy: Full Reptile Collective; Amasinger also reacts to Darren Till and Yoel Romero missing weight in the UFC very recently.

With BAMMA 36 London fast approaching, Dean Amasinger also talks about Terry Brazier vs Rhys McKee which, headlines the event in a clash of champions for the BAMMA world lightweight championship and more.

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Kenny Moyston Recaps Victory Fights 2, Sparring Michael Bisping and Brighton has a problem with MMA

Kenny Moyston and his partner Lily-May Gilbanks recap their second MMA event in Brighton last night, Victory Fights 2 which, was headlined by an emphatic KO victory by Adam Amarasinghe over Andre Mendes; and talks about sparring former UFC champion, Michael Bisping and the UFC veteran’s growing influence today. As well as the problems they encountered hosting MMA events in Brighton and much more.

Moyston is a former professional fighter (kickboxing and Muay Thai) now MMA striking coach to many MMA fighters including, Oli Thompson and BAMMA world champion, Terry Brazier.

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The Impact of Ariel Helwani Moving to ESPN from MMA Fighting

Ariel Helwani is the world’s most reputable MMA journalist working for MMA Fighting but as recently announced, will be moving to ESPN following the broadcasters new TV deal with the UFC.

Also, UFC veteran and podcaster, Chael Sonnen will be Helwani’s co-host at ESPN but what will be the impact on not only MMA Fighting (owned by Vox Media) but across the MMA media spectrum as a whole and who should or will replace the irreplaceable Aerial Helwani at MMA Fighting and as host on The MMA Hour podcast?

Sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and Anoop Hothi explored this and much more on The K1Anoop Show (podcast) recently.

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What British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing Needs

What exactly does British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing need so much more of or to do, in order to rapidly grow from being niche combat sports and establish themselves as mainstream sports?

With the rise of the UFC, Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing growing their presence in the UK with future plans for even more British MMA and Kickboxing events; and even gaining mainstream media attention from the BBC, BT Sport, Daily Star and TalkSports, only the UFC is really leading the way with increasing popularity with the general public.

So what exactly is holding back not only the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, GLORY and many of the other combat sports promotions here in the UK? Why aren’t more British fighters gaining much more recognition with the general public compared to UFC sensation Darren Till? And, why are Muay Thai and Kickboxing struggling compared to MMA?

Sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and Anoop Hothi explored this and much more on The K1Anoop Show (podcast) recently.

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Badr Hari “can’t keep up” anymore? Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac “shit” rematch?

After a successful return at GLORY 51, did Badr Hari look like he “can’t keep up anymore” especially with Rico Verhoeven? As for the champion’s next fight, is the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “shit” as the main event for GLORY 54 Birmingham?

K-1 veteran and Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP) European champion, Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP discuss this and much more:

Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP – Shownotes:

  • GLORY 54 Birmingham, Enfusion Newcastle, WFL England
  • Chrisiti Bereton vs Nicola Kaye and the GLORY 54 prelim UK card
  • Luke Whelan on Sam Omomogbe and Brad Stanton pulling-out against him at GLORY 54
  • Taking K-1 World Grand Prix and big fights with one week’s notice
  • Why Michael Wakeling is the best, pound-for-pound, British Kickboxing & Muay Thai fighter
  • Luke Whelan vs Vinny Church at MTGP 16?
  •  Vinny Church vs Ben Woolliss, GLORY 54
  • Luke Whelan’s analysis of Vinny Church
  • Jamie Whelan and GLORY’s 6-man UK shortlist
  • Why GLORY need to add more of the lower weight-classes
  • Why Rico Verhoeven never left GLORY for the UFC
  • Mike’s Gym are the most impressive set of fighters in European Kickboxing?
  • Fernando Groenhart and his controversial hard sparring viral videos
  • Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “is a load of shit”, GLORY 54 
  • Why Badr Hari “can’t keep up” with heavyweight rivals nowadays

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Michael Bisping, Joe Long & Fighters Inc secure “UK rights to UFC Gym UK”

Joe Long of Fighters Inc exclusively told K1ANOOP that Fighters Inc in partnership with former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, are set to launch over 100 UFC Gyms in the UK over the next 10 years – further details of which are being announced this afternoon at the UFC Gym’s press conference at Glazier’s Hall, London Bridge.

“We’ve managed to broker the deal to actually bring UFC Gyms to the UK and in a partnership deal, we have secured the UK rights to UFC Gym UK. It’s a big deal. We’re talking a hundred plus gyms across the UK in the next 10 years.”

Joe Long and Fighters Inc’s background with Michael Bisping

“I say we’ve been working with the UFC, we’ve been working with each other; we’ve been working with Fighters Inc. We’ve always worked closely with Michael Bisping whether its throughout his fight camps from back in the day.”

“We use to supply Wolf’s Lair with different sparring partners; always dealt with Michael’s after-parties for the big UFC shows; and always try to do various events with and for Michael, around Michael; after-parties, seminars, super seminars.”

“We kinda started that whole thing in the UK, you know where we toured with different fighters and marquee names; done a lot of work with Michael in that aspect, corporate events with Micahel as well.”

How Bisping first invested in his own UFC Gym in the USA

 “So Michael got involved with UFC Gym in America and invested in a gym in The States. I went out and seen Michael, seen the gym and we started to talk about how great ot would be to have a UFC Gym or a couple of UFC Gyms in the UK. We then discussed this with UFC Gym in America.”

“So UFC Gym in America is half-owned by UFC and half-owned by another company which is headed up by a guy called Mark Mastrov whose the guy behind ‘24 hour Fitness’ and in America, UFC Gyms are everywhere. I say everywhere, I think right now they’ve got about 170, 180 gyms nationwide. They’re also in Australia, Malaysia, they’re coming to India, Hawai. They’re expanding rapidly.”

Bringing UFC Gyms to the UK – Two years in the making:

“I kinda got the green light off of Michael and UFC Gyms to go and see if we could put something together. There’s a lot more to it. Michael spoke to the president of if UFC Gym, a guy called Adam Sedlack, who lives closely to Michael and has become a good friend of Michael’s over the years, advised Michael on investments with UFC Gym. Michael’s involved in great gym in southern California. Michael’s involved in that financially and he coaches there as well on a regular basis.”

“Michael spoke to Adam. I got the green light to go out and look to see if we can pull together a team or investment to make UFC Gyms happen in the UK and that was two years ago.”

“Fast forwad two years later and a heap of work; and a heap of meeting real nice people in the industry, in the leisure industry; investors, so and so forth; we’ve managed to broker the deal to actually bring UFC Gyms to the UK.”

Joe Long will guest on The K1Anoop Show podcast on Friday 16th March.

Watch the Joe Long mini documentary interview series on YouTube below: