Tag: Crazy Monkey System

Sparring For Performance But Saving Your Brain

Over the past couple of years, it seems, that many MMA athletes are starting to wake up to the pitfalls of constantly sparring hard. Not only is there a physical price to pay, but also a mental one. We know now, unequivocally, that even mild trauma to the head can be detrimental over time. Nowhere is this more evident than in combat sports, where often, trauma to the head is a sustained occupation for years. Going light then in training sparring, and leaving the big fight to the fight night, seems like the most logical, health saving thing to do. But what these fighters don’t understand,is that it may be to little to late. If you are one of the unlucky ones to sustain head trauma in your professional or amateur fights, sparring light in training may not make much of a difference.

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Great To Be Mentioned…But You Don’t Know CMD!

“If you want to keep your head on your shoulders in a fight, I strongly recommend Rodney’s Crazy Monkey Defense Program.” – Adam Shahir Kayoom – World Professional Muay Thai Champion and Muay Khmer Champion

Sadly, as it is with many things, you get known for one thing, but then no one bothers to do proper research on the rest. For example, there are many combat athletes that have used ‘Crazy Monkey’ in the cage or the ring, but often, who ever showed them, only covered the very ‘basics’ of the defence (only!). The rest of the system was left out. Watching a DVD, and then teaching it to your athlete, doesn’t qualify you in understanding the system. Not to mention, no DVD, or course I have ever created that is available online, can offer the nuances necessary to give you all the tools of the CMD game like in person training. That’s why we have a trainers program.

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Moving to Fight, Fighting To Move

I have always felt that one of my strengths is my ability to see the subtle nuances in the fight game, that often go overlooked. One of these strengths is looking for patterns in an exchange in sparring, rather than a single technique. For example, I may see someone land the perfect shot to an opponents jaw, but beyond the obvious fact that he or she used a jab, what were the circumstances that lead up to that perfect punch landing?

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What I Learned From Apidej – A Legend of Muay Thai

Always happy, always smiling is what I immediately remember about my main Muay Thai teacher Apidej Sit-Hirun, and the person who had the most influence over my Muay Thai game. He was Thailand’s welterweight Muay Thai champion for nearly 10 consecutive years, and a legend in the sport. As the head trainer at Fairtex Muay Thai Camp in Bangplee, he was always in the ring, ready to coach. As far as I know, I was one of the very few Westerners that he ever gave permission to, to teach under his name. I spent several years training with him on my frequent travels to Thailand, and for the few years I was sponsored by Fairtex, I had the privilege to be taught by this living legend three times a year. While he has now passed on, I still remember him fondly.

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