Johan Ghazali Teenage KO Artist! – ONE Championship Interview
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
1M ago
Johan Ghazali is a teenage fighting success story! With a 5-fight winning streak, including 4 KOs, 17-year-old Johan “JoJo” Ghazali is amazed at how quickly he’s ascended to the ONE Championship pro ranks. Despite his success, JoJo isn't afraid of losses – he values the experience they bring. Patience is key for him, and he's been aiming for the top since he was 10 years old. JoJo exemplifies what happens when opportunity meets motivation. He's the product of consistent hard work and a supportive environment. Now, with high school behind him, he can focus entirely on his fight career. Next in ..read more
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Janet Todd – Remember To Have Fun
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
2M ago
Janet Todd's Tips – Exclusive Interview with the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion! Join us for an exclusive interview with Janet Todd, the reigning Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion, as she shares invaluable insights and tips on how to stay at the top of your game while having fun! In this interview, Janet opens up about her mindset leading up to her farewell fight and how she's embraced the journey with a renewed focus on enjoyment. Discover how she maintains composure in high-pressure situations and the importance of balancing structured training with the freedom to experiment and ..read more
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Matt Lucas – Greatness Sucks!
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Muay Thai greatness sucks? Step into the vibrant world of Muay Thai with Don and the Muay Thai aficionado, Matt Lucas... With a decade under his belt in Thailand, Matt offers unparalleled insights into the fighting world and what it truly means to train, fight, and evolve. And why greatness sucks! Highlights: – Gearing up for the Showdown: Analysing the imminent ONE Strawweight Muay Thai Championship battle between Smilla Sundell and Allycia Rodrigues. How will Allycia strategise against the towering presence of Smilla? – Snapshots of Combat: Delve into the world of combat photography, capturi ..read more
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Regian Eersel: Time Is Limited
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Two-sport ONE World Champion Regian Eersel rarely loses. It's been 7 years since he last experience defeat. So, how has he successfully avoided over confidence? What would he do differently in his training if he could turn back time? And what are Regian's two biggest pieces of advice to any fighter wanting to achieve their best? Regian shares insight into what drives a world class fighter, and proves once again that mindset shapes your results. We wish Regian success in his ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Title defence on June 9 against Dmitry Menshikov at Lumpinee Stadium! Further notes and r ..read more
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Rich Cadden: Real Deal Muay Thai Veteran
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
What happens when a 45 year old Muay Thai coach returns to the ring to compete for a Muay Thai veteran title, after 11 years out, and with 20kg to lose in 15 just weeks? …Huge lessons, and a big win! Rich Cadden, former 2x Muay Thai world champion, performance coach and chief instructor at his own gym, Chokdee Academy in York (UK), took on this mission and shares the lessons he learned from it. Rich’s approach has always to be “obsessed” with his training, sacrificing his “party years” to take his fight career as far as he possibly could. As a coach, he realises others often don’t have the sam ..read more
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Iman Barlow: The Secret To Winning In Muay Thai
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
What's the secret to winning in Muay Thai? Iman Barlow can shed some light! In this episode, she shares valuable insight into what it really takes to take your childhood dreams all the way. Part of the first generation of child nak Muay outside of Thailand, and with a competitive career spanning 25 years and counting, Iman knows a thing or two about what it takes to reach the top and stay there in arguably the most ferocious striking sport there is. Few fighters start out as early as Iman Barlow, even fewer remain in the game as long she has, and fewer still achieve the kind of long-term succe ..read more
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Dr. Lynne Miller: Making The Most Of Muay Thai In Thailand
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Wasted Opportunities! Most of us visiting Thailand to train are fleeting visitors at best, and fail to understand the nuance of Thai culture and the business of Muay Thai in Thailand... This both prevents us from getting the most out of our time in Thailand, and from effectively contributing to the Muay Thai businesses that must remain viable to continue to share their art with us! In this episode…  Dr. Lynne Miller, Founder and director of Sumalee Boxing Gym in Phuket Thailand, and author of her new book Fighting For Success... Lynne has a PhD in Psychology, a postgraduate qualification ..read more
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Panicos Yusuf: The Habit Of Hard Work
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Panicos Yusuf came to England from Cyprus on a one-way ticket with just £60 in his pocket, and a habit of working hard... He's since achieved an incredible amount in the sport of Muay Thai, owing everything to his family, his friends, his coaches and training partners. And he's grateful to have been noticed by those in the game, and he's keen to pay it forward to those that are working hard too. In this episode… Panicos Yusuf, a 2 times Muay Thai World Champion, a fighter and owner of All Powers Gym in Stockport, UK... Not to mention a One Championship athlete and a Yokkao regular too... And w ..read more
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Bryan Popejoy: Muay Thai Mentors, Self Belief, Structure, & Adaptability
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Bryan Popejoy has found himself at the forefront of American Muay Thai since the 1980's, literally involved from Illinois in the East, through Arizona, to California in the West. His experience both as a Muay Thai fighter himself (in the early "Wild West" period of American Muay Thai), and as a coach to some of the best fighters in the US, provides a valuable insight into what it takes to succeed in Muay Thai on the world stage. In this episode… Bryan Popejoy, coach and owner of Boxing Works Gym in California, a former IFMA Gold medallist Thai boxer himself, and the first US coach to have a fi ..read more
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Daniel McGowan: Work Ethic, Patience, The Bulletproof Mindset
The Science of Building Champions
by Don Heatrick
7M ago
Martial arts and Muay Thai are all that 25 year old Dan McGowan has ever known. And just when he began to question his own dedication and purpose, Muay Thai gave back – in the form of fantastic opportunities with the other legends at Evolve MMA in Singapore. Dan is poised take what he loves, and all the lessons he’s learned so far, and pour them into becoming the professional he’s always deserved to be… Both as a fighter in his own right, but also as a coach to others. He’s an inspiring guest, and openly shares the hurdles he’s overcome to remain true to who he is and to achieve what he has. T ..read more
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