How To Drill Your Muay Thai Techniques

Drilling your Muay Thai Kickboxing Techniques


It takes more than knowledge of Muay Thai training techniques to become proficient at these powerful martial arts techniques. You have to actually drill them.

They say that it takes a minimum of 10,000 reps to really understand and ingrain whatever it is your learning.

It’s no different in your Muay Thai training.

By drilling your Muay Thai moves your embedding them into your nervous system. That’s right your nervous system. A lot of people are under the impression that it’s “muscle memory” that recalls the techniques. It’s not muscle memory. Your muscles help you carry out the actual move. Your nervous system is what remembers the technique.

Through constant repetition your nervous system remembers these martial arts technique and your muscles help to execute them. Of course, the more conditioned your muscles are — the stronger and faster each striking/defensive move will be. But speed and power are nothing in comparison if you can’t properly execute the technique at the right time.

Muay Thai drilling

When you see these professional Thai boxing fighters land these strikes, it’s from thousands of repetitions. They discovered the proper timing and every little nuance to be able to successfully land that particular move.

This is where your drilling comes in. By constantly drilling your Muay Thai techniques your nervous system is remembering how you throw and execute that particular technique. Each time you throw a kick,  a punch, a defensive movement… your body remembers how you did it, how it felt, when you did it, and how long it took. The more you do it the better you get at the move.

Remember Bruce Lee quote: “Fear not the man who knows 10,000 moves, fear the man who knows 1 move and practiced it 10,000 time”.

Image how good your push kick would be if you just drilled that one move for a month, or 3 months. I would be significantly better than all your Muay Thai techniques. The problem is that we become very bored at just doing one technique all the time. It starts to become mundane and you start drilling the move horribly. Which in turn makes you become a worst Muay Thai kickboxing fighter because you just did 10,000 reps completely wrong.

Ways to drill your Muay Thai techniques

So how do you get a lot of drilling in without sacrificing technique?

Start by mixing up all the different ways you can drill these techniques. Lets just keep it simple with the push kicks. Here are a few;

  • Shadow boxing with push kicks
  • Push kicks on the Muay Thai heavy bag
  • With a pad trainer
  • Push kicks with a partner
  • Visualizing the technique
  • Light Sparring with kicks

Not only do all the ways above help you to keep everything fresh, but it also gives you a different feel and look on how to throw your attacks. Shadow boxing your push kicks is going to be a lot different then push kicking on the Muay Thai heavy bag or the Thai pads.

So you have to work them all.

Time to train…

–Kru Jose’ Villarisco

P.S. I added a short video below on how you can drill your Muay Thai push kicks on the heavy bag. This is just one of many ways you can drill your moves.

P.P.S. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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  • Muaythai15

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

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    Reply Reply May 1, 2015

    Hello everyone .

    let me recomend an advanced clinch lesson set that is up utube .

    very good for those few who are coming up in there skill development.

    give this look, see, study ,it may put a student into the next higher level of fighter.

    seeing is beleaving

  • smarmy army

    Reply Reply March 14, 2015

    do you remember the title ” SCIENCE OF 8 LIMBS ”
    where is all the muay thai clinching ? just lost in the shuffle.

    no clinching is kick boxer-ing, at best .

    dont be fooled by a lame school.

    there b many liars and fraudsters pretending to know all about authentic muay thai .
    the worst two types are the tuff guy and the thai who knows nothing about muay thai.

    • Ice

      Reply Reply February 9, 2016

      A simple and inneillgett point, well made. Thanks!

  • hard facts

    Reply Reply August 30, 2014

    so many rotten bad fake muay thai schools .

    worse yet,is all the students willingly and full heartedly beleaving they are getting 100 % muay thai instructions ..

    all those defrauded students refusing to accept they have chosen the wrong school and teacher .

    now all them fakes have made assocations to support there lies.
    kru certified by some , thai boxing adminastrations about about the globe.

    if your teacher cant speak good clear understandable english what is the value of there lessons ??

    why respect a worhtless bum and put them up on a throne.

  • yisin

    Reply Reply June 9, 2014

    Kru jose,after seeing yr video,i am thinking of starting muay thai. Can u share with me yr advice fortraining and caution that i should take?

  • Attila

    Reply Reply March 20, 2014

    Hi.Thanks for helping me!

    Question:Wherewith are filled your heavybags? Sand ?

    • Kru Jose'

      Reply Reply April 2, 2014

      No sand. We have them stuff really tight with ripped up cloth. Sand bags are way to hard.

  • levi van

    Reply Reply November 21, 2013

    hey kruse,i wanted to know if you could put a video on knee and elbow defenses,i have fought with the art of muay thai but have not learned any counter attacks

    • Kru Jose'

      Reply Reply November 21, 2013

      Hey Levi, I plan on adding more videos in the future about that subject. I’ll let you know when I put them up. Thanks.

  • shachoy

    Reply Reply October 20, 2013

    Hi. I am a female who just started Muay Thai 3 weeks ago. I appreciate your knowledge and I feel more confident to practice. I can see my improvements slowly appearing and I hope to be a pro one day. I really respect the art of Muay Thai. I never felt better about my life.

    • Kru Jose'

      Reply Reply October 22, 2013

      Glad to know that your enjoying everything I’m sharing. Keep training hard.

  • Esvee van der Merwe

    Reply Reply October 1, 2013

    Dear Kru me and my son of 9years just started Muay Thai.I realy like the workout.Just want to know if you have any tips for us to practice at home.Must say I am a women and never in my life tought I will do a sport like this but I enjoy it allot.Your help in meen the world to me
    Thank you

  • mohan

    Reply Reply July 12, 2013

    dear master
    can you send me free video, kick & hand dril and excersice

  • C.J.

    Reply Reply June 22, 2013

    Hey Kru, I’ve been doing mma for awhile but I really wanna hit the muay Thai training hard. What’s the best way to make my legs and shins dead to where I feel no pain. I’ll do whatever it takes but it seems like everytime I land I good, solid kick to the leg of someone or forearm it hurts my leg too and makes me not want to kick anymore.

    • Kru Jose'

      Reply Reply July 12, 2013

      Hey CJ, great question. Sadly though, your always gonna feel some pain in your shins whenever you kick someones elbow or knee. You can condition them to the point where you still feel them, but the pain won’t be unbearable. The best thing to do is kick a hard heavy bag, and make sure you do your road work. Make sure you take some time also to rest your shins and let them recover. It’s just like lifting weights to gain muscle… by breaking them down and resting to let them heal. Then do it again.

  • Irving

    Reply Reply April 13, 2013

    Kru Jose I want to start training Muay Thai but one of my knees has some soreness and a loose feeling. Are there any movements I can do to speed the recovery?

  • Gary

    Reply Reply December 31, 2012

    Hey Kru, I use to train Muay Thai a few years ago but had to stop due to pain in my ankles from an unrelated injury. I have been trying to build up the muscles in my calves before getting back on the heavy bags. Is there anything I can do at home to help prepare my legs for drilling on the heavy bag?

    • Kru Jose'

      Reply Reply January 1, 2013

      The best thing to do gary is to wait for your ankle to fully heal. You don’t want to risk injuring it anymore. One that you can do is take a elastic band and place it under your foot while your sitting down and have your leg fully extended. Pull on the band until it starts to pull your foot back and you have some tension on it. Now you just want to press your foot forward slow with that tension, like your revving a car. Do this a few time forward and side to side.

      I would also advise wrapping and taping your ankle for add support once you start your Muay Thai training again. Make sure you take your time and don’t go all out, start slow and see how your ankle feels. Your body will tell you how it feels… if it hurts stop right away. It’ll take some time to heal, but it’s the smartest thing you can do for yourself. Just be patient.

      Good luck

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