Structure of the MMA program; Beginner to Intermediate (0 months-12 months of training in a grappling art*) 9am-11:00 M,Tu,W,Thu,Fri- This class is designed for the individual who is looking to discover the martial art of submission grappling. Instructional focus will include submissions, positional sweeps, take-downs, and strategic defense. Students will expand their knowledge of grappling in an effort to improve their overall MMA performance. The class is open to anyone regardless of skill level or experience. General structure of the course will follow these guidelines. 9:00-9:15: Group warm up shall consist of; Jogging around outside of mat, bear crawl, high knee jog, butt-kicking jog, inside side step, outside side step. Upon completion of jogging warm up the student will conduct several fundamental grappling techniques to include; Back Fall, Front Roll, Cartwheel, pull-through. 9:15-9:30: Group stretch. Stretches are to include total body. Class will sit in a circle and will conduct stretches starting with the lower body and working in a progressive manner completing with the upper body. Neck crunches will conclude the stretching exercise, Sets of 50 to include all range of movement. 9:30-10:00: Technique will be demonstrated by the instructor, observed by the class participants and eventually practiced by the participant for the instructor to witness and provide constructive feedback. Instructional material covered will vary depending on size, skill, and logical flow of the course. *Water Break 10:00-10:30: Cardiovascular endurance and plyometric training. This portion of the class will increase a participants overall fitness, providing them with the tools necessary to achieve their own personal goals. Students will be expected to participate to their full ability, however, drills and excercises may be modified by the instructor for individuals struggling to maintain with the classes pace. Workouts will be designed to increase cardio endurance, decrease body fat, and improved overall athleticism. *Water Break 10:30-11:00: Students will be given adequate time to spar/drill/incorporate the daily lesson. The instructor will pair students into groups and designate timed rounds, allowing individuals to compete in a non-confrontational atmosphere. Mandatory Equipment: Students will need to wear appropriate clothing including undergarments, shirt, and shorts (no zipper or ripped clothes). Gi pants may be worn. Finger and Toe Nails need to be trimmed and neatly kept. Individuals will be expected to own a mouth guard. Jock protector and cup are optional. Intermediate to Advance 4:00PM-6 :15 M,Tu,W,Thu,Fri- This class is designed for the individual looking to compete in Mixed Martial Arts competition. Instruction will be at a faster pace than the morning class and will focus more on strategy, conditioning, and overall performance. Individuals will be expected to be self motivated. 4:00-4:25 Warm-up. Class Participants will be expected to stretch and prepare for the afternoon training session (Hands should be wrapped and ready for stand-up training). 4:25-5:00: Stand-up training. This portion of the class is “self paced”. Upon completion of stretching individuals will responsible for completing 3 circuits stations of training that include; Shadow Boxing, Pad/Bag Work, and Sparring. Pad Work will be done by one of TMT’s 18 MT trainers. 3 rounds of 3 minutes with a 1 minute rest in between rounds. *Water Break 5:00-5:30 Cardiovascular endurance and plyometric training. This portion of the class will increase a participants overall fitness, providing them with the tools necessary to achieve their own personal goals. Students will be expected to participate to their full ability. Circuit training will include fight simulation and technical skills valuable to an actual fight situation. Workouts will be designed to develop cardio endurance, decrease body fat while increasing strength, and improving overall athleticism. *Water Break 5:30-5:50 Technique will be demonstrated by the instructor, observed by the class participants and eventually practiced by the participant for the instructor to witness and provide constructive feedback. Instructional material covered will vary depending on size, skill, and logical flow of the course. Individuals will drill the techniques several times increasing muscle memory and decreasing reaction time needed to successfully complete the move. 5:50-6:15 Let’s Mix it up! This portion of the class will involve live sparring. Depending on the day the focus will change. Wrestling, Kick-boxing, Boxing, Submission Grappling are some of the categories that will be covered during this period. Mandatory Equipment: Students will need to wear appropriate clothing including undergarments, shirt, and shorts (No zipper or ripped clothes). Gi pants may be worn. Finger and Toe Nails need to be trimmed and neatly kept. Individuals will be expected to own a mouth guard. Male participants will be expected to own a sports cup. Individuals that are training in the advanced MMA program at Tiger Muay Thai for more than 14 days will be expected to have the following training gear; *16oz Boxing Gloves *Hand Wraps *Shin Pads *8oz “Shooto” style MMA glove *If individuals do not have training gear upon arrival they can purchase it in the Tiger Muay Thai Gear shop (usually at about 60% of the International cost). The camp has several pairs of “loaners” for individuals training at the camp for less than one week. As a professional it is important to have your own training gear, it decreases the sharing of bodily fluids and prevents the spread of preventable infections. Many of the camp fighters enjoy taking advantage of the cheaper prices Thailand has to offer on training supplies.
Saturday is open mat, which starts at noon and goes until everyone leaves. Open Mat is similar to a school "Study Hall". Students can work on whatever they want to improve, and the instructor will be available for questions. Many of the students use the time for extra rolling.
Note: students participating in the advanced MMA program are also expected to have atleast a year of a striking based martial art. *Grappling Arts include; Judo, Sambo, CatchWrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
cant wait for the new program to start,its going to push us to a new high!!! cant wait!!!
This sounds really good
i hope the cage is ready soon to, and take some pics on it
I've been training in mma for 2 years, but ive never done wrestling or jiu jitsu by themselves. I think i lack in many technical areas in this respect. If i wanted to improve my sweeps and submissions as well as technical knowledge would i be better off in the beginner or advanced class.
Our mma club comes from a more wrestling based background and jiu jitsu is something i really want to work on impoving while im there. I was thinking of doing one thai boxing and one mma class a day. Although i might end up going to two mma classes or mabye even one day doing two mma classes and the next day doing 1 mma class and 1 muay thai, not sure which is the best way to work it.
Dont worry too much about how to best spend your time while at Tiger, no matter how you break it up you will certainly improve your game, having great coaches who can help in all areas and turn weaknesses into strengths is fantastic, coupled with the pure amount of training hours and the endless line of new friends/training partners will help you get the most out of your time. How long are you are you at Tiger and when do you arrive? Geoff (Gordie) UK
I arrive at TMT on 3rd of May. I'm staying for 1 month. I am hoping too train twice a day from monday to friday and then open mat on sat. As i said i really want to improve all aspects of my game but espically my ground game. I am quite heavy, so i think in the past i kind of used my weight as opposed to technique to grapple. As a result i always struggle against people of a similar weight, espically now as im losing some weight im finding it harder to dominate people. So i really want to get very technical, with technique, i want to work alot on my guard as im not very dangerous from my back, i want to work on subs etc basically everything lol. I think im just worring that i wont have enough time to improve as much areas as i want too! cCant wait to get over there! when are you heading over?
Just got back to the UK a couple of weeks ago after ten days at the camp, planning to get back within the next couple of months so hopefully be there when you are. trust me you will improve and having a goal for what you would like to concentrate on will help for sure. you will find the training is world class in both stand up and ground fighting, MMA trainers are very technical but also having the chance to drill the basics until they become natural reactions is a wonderfull thing. I am sure you will find you pick up a huge amount from others training at the camp and just having such a large amount of matt time. A month will be awesome, trust me within 5 minutes we made friends for life at the camp, i am sure you will too. Look forward to rollin with you bro. Where are you training at the mo?
hey,im one of the mma coaches. i have a very good guard and can say that its one of my best attributes on the ground.we can def help you improve your guard game and sub's. you will learn that its not just bout how big or strong you are,im of the opion that if you execute proper technique then 9/10 times you will prevail. you will be working with Ray who is by far one of the best coaches around. by the time you go home you will be a different fighter
Hey guys thanks for the replies.
I can't wait to get out there and get training. Wade which of the mma clases do you think would suit my needs best or would you recommend both? I see in the schedule you only do about 30 minutes technique, so i assume you show people like one or two techniques then let them go and work on it? Geoff, hope to see you there in may! i'll look forward to getting tapped repeatedly
i would suggest that you let ray decide what would be better for you!! he is the head coach and knows best
looking forward to rolling with you.
"Circuit training will include fight simulation and technical skills valuable to an actual fight situation." Really good to read that. Lot's of guys do just crazy circuits and such, but does it really apply to fighting? Not necessarily. Yes, a degree of general conditioning is important, but you're not gonna do 1000 squats in your fight. Sharkbait!
hey guys, im pleased to announce that ill be joining you from nov 18 through jan 20.. i have a couple of years jiujitsu experience and have been focusing on no gi for the last 8 months or so. i want to train hard and learn, but i also thrive on being able to pitch in, help and be a productive member of the team. i hope to stay in either the tropical garden or the ban suwaan bungalows. my main goal is to get a good fundamental muay thai base, and really focus on my jiujitsu with the final goal competing at the nevertap in the 205 division. im 28 born and raised in brooklyn ny, i work in the music and marketing tour industry, im 6 foot 3 and right now walk around at 240 lbs, i can wait to meet and train and live with the tiger family... thanks
how ya doing,im coming over on jan 26th for 3 months training,im i gonna be able to just walk in and get 3 months training and a bed or do i need to book,its the mma training im after,if u could get back to me id b greatful,cheers!
This is a great post. I think that strength and conditioning for mixed martial artists and fighters is still in its infancy in terms of developing programs for optimal performance and we can expect a lot of growth in this area over the next couple years.
MMA Strength and Conditioning
Paul - Scotland
Planning on coming over to Tiger for three months June next year (will try and get a month the end of the year too if I can get the money together in time!) Main question is this: - the website offer Deluxe and VIP packages including a private session a day. If I wanted to do my private session in MMA/BJJ, is that allowed and if not...what would be the best suggestion? A reply on here or via email would be great. Cheers guys! Paul B
You can arrange private MMA / BJJ private sessions with your choice of one of our MMA program instructors through the office or by talking to the instructor to see when he is available. Chok Dee TMT
Is it possible to buy private lessons from Ray Elbe?
Rune--when my schedule permits I am available for privates, but I am generally very busy.
I have several assistant instructors who have been with me long term and are very familiar with my techniques and are available on a daily basis for privates. Introduce yourself when you get here and I'll check to see if our schedules are compatible to accommodate private training.
im coming over to thailand for 3 weeks in september/october and spending 1 1/2 weeks at TMT for muay thai and mma. i have been doing mma and kickboxing in australia for 6 months, so id still be in both beginners im assuing, does ray teach the beginners or does someone else???? also heard about you can catch ringworm or some sorts of diseases that eat ur skin when doing mma over there is this true and if so any shots i can get before i come, any feedback would b great
Yes Ray teaches beginners. The morning class is open to all skill levels. I don't know of any shots that prevent ringworm or staph, but I have advice on how to avoid it. Staph is present on our skin and in our nasal passages, it needs a clear path to enter the body. Cover all cuts or abrasions with tape or a bandage of some sort during training. Wash your shorts, hand wraps etc with Dettol soap after every session then put them out to dry in the sun. Wipe down your gloves and shin pads with a dettol/water solution after a workout. Don't wait too long before showering after training. You can even bring a towel and change of clothes and hit the showers at the camp right after you finish training. I recommend dettol or protex bar soap. Look on google images to see what staph looks like in it's early stages so you know how to spot it. If you get any suspect looking spots, get bactroban cream from any nearby pharmacy and apply it frequently. You should be fine if you take care of the hygiene on your end. Best regards Will
Josh, I used to wrestle in High School and know a lot about ringworms as we had an outbreak at our school.
The way most people get ringworm is by rolling around on unclean mats.
TMT does an excellent job of cleaning the mats every morning with ringworm killing bleach or some other type of cleaner. I wouldn't worry about it too much, but it's definetely good to google what it looks like so you can spot it on others as well as yourself and go to the pharmacy before it spreads.
Looking forward to starting the Beginner MMA and BJJ program in Feb.
Other than the 16oz Gloves, what other equipment would you recommend? Should i grab some MMA shorts and a rash guard? Would it be better to buy these in America, or can i pick these up a bit cheaper at Tiger? Thanks, Zhang
You will need shin pads, a mouth piece, groin guard, rash guard and mma shorts.
Yes you can pick this stuff up pretty cheap in our gear shop.
Will @ Tiger
Is it possible to buy some quality mma gloves at the TMT store or anywhere else in Phuket?