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Combat Thoughts Podcast
60 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 52: Gareth Blair (Exile Gym)
This week we return to Exile gym, this time with Gareth Blair, one of the founding members. We discuss the early, experimental days of British Muay Thai, the influence of Bruce Lee on Gareth's development, and his personal approach to coaching.
29 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Episode 51: The Black Belt Conundrum
In this week's episode, we discuss the potential issues of being given the 'power' of a black belt. Reaching the highest rank for many people is an incredibly important milestone in many people's martial arts journies, but what if that privilege is not handled with care? Join us in this discussion!
59 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Episode 50: Guy Ramsay - Founder of one of Scotland's top MMA and Thai boxing gyms 'The Griphouse'
In this week's episode, we talk to Guy Ramsay - founder of The Griphouse Gym in Glasgow, Scotland. Guy has been involved in the sport of Muay Thai for a long time and entered the MMA space right at its humble beginnings in the UK. We talk about his journey as a martial artist, the traditions at the Griphouse, medieval MMA and many more. We hope you enjoy!
67 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Episode 49: The Cost of Greatness w/ Harry Powell (All About Balance Podcast)
Back on track with our usual program schedule, we bring you another long-form podcast with the great and powerful Harry Powell. We are looking at greatness, what it costs, the likelihood of you reaching it, and its consequences. This is one of those particularly interesting episodes that can be extended well beyond the realm of combat sports, so do please check it out.
55 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 48: Melissa 'No Mess' Mullins (Lion's Gym)
Melissa Mullins joins us after recently making her pro mma debut.We talk to her about her journey into mma from dancing, some of the injuries she has faced so far and she shares her experience from the European championships.
94 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode 47: The History of the UFC w/ Harry Powell (All About Balance Podcast)
55 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 46: Ian 'Mongoose' Jones
Ian 'Mongoose Jones is far more than just a grappler. This man is a Jiu Jitero, a catch wrestler, has experience in MMA and Muay Thai, and plans to make a journey into Lethwei. We discuss his introduction to combat sports, his journey as a martial artist, and talk about the unique perspective that his varied experience has provided him.
54 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 45: Heart of a Lion with Pro MMA Fighter James 'The Lionheart' Dixon
James 'The Lionheart' Dixon is a professional MMA fighter, coach, and BJJ black belt. He has an undefeated amateur MMA record and 3 British Titles. He is one of the MMA coaches at Lion's Gym in Coventry and regularly trains with the likes of Jimmy Wallhead and Andre Winner. During the episode we talk about this journey as a fighter, becoming a coach, loving violence and many more! Hope you enjoy and make sure to check out James on his instagram page @james.the.lion.heart.dixon.
63 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 44: Transitioning from Amateur to Pro MMA w/ Mark Wade
With another MMA origins episode, we talk to Mark Wade, a South England MMA fighter coming from a grappling background. We talk about his history in martial arts, his development, and focus on his transition to professional fighting - something I think everyone could learn from, so check this one out.
74 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 43: Boxing vs MMA and the Future of MMA w/ Rees Kenny
Our latest guest is Rees Kenny, MMA fighter from Southern England. He's an ex-teammate of Robbie's, and we discuss with him his history in martial arts, the finer points of boxing versus MMA, and his thoughts on the future of the sport.
40 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 42: Why Fighters Can't Retire
MMA retirement is a meme in it's own right. With fighters unable or unwilling to retire, people (rightly) take any announcement of the end of a career with a pinch of salt. But why is it so hard? We get into the details of the financial, social, and career difficulties of MMA retirement
44 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 41: Interview with Jon "Thor" Blank (10th Planet JJ)
Jon "Thor" Blank is just about the biggest star to grace our podcast. He's an ADCC veteran, 10th planet gym owner, and a Combat Jiu-Jitsu champion, and has also had the smartest and best-planned transition to pro I've ever heard of. I think a lot of people could take inspiration from his plan, not just in terms of grind and determination, but also in terms of intelligence and foreplanning, Take a listen to one of the top BJJ athletes in the world and his journey to the top.
33 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode 40: How Rules Affect Styles
87 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 39: Dominic Dillon - The Norwich Terror
Dominic Dillon is a professional grappler training out of Elements BJJ, Brighton. He's a Polaris veteran, a catch wrestling champ, and has tried just about every martial art under the sun. Check out his ecclectic fighting history, his story of getting smashed by an Olympian wrestler, and how he became the most dangerous man of Norwich
37 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 38: Is Gym Commercialisation a Good Thing?
In this episode, we give our opinions on gym commercialisation. We talk about what makes a gym 'commercial', the advantages and disadvantages of such gyms, and some potential things we think gyms can do to escape the trap of a McDojo. We hope you enjoy!
43 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode 37: Interview with Jack Grant - Challenging for the Cage Warriors Welterweight Title
After a phenomenal performance at the Cage Warriors 121, Jack Grant advances to the next stage of the welterweight tournament and is lined up to face Ian Garry for the belt. We speak to Jack about his martial arts history, training as an elite athlete, and the gruelling camp that awaits him before the title shot.
63 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Episode 36: What it takes to be the best w/ British Wrestler Kane Charig
In this episode, we interview Kane Charig, commonwealth medalist, British wrestler, and all-around training madman. We talk about the sacrifices he made in the pursuit of victory, his journey through competing in Judo and wrestling, his motivations, attitude to training, and his thoughts on how British wrestling can grow.Check out the links to streaming platforms and social media below:https://linktr.ee/combat_thoughts
40 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Episode 35: Philosophy of Muay Thai
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the Art of Eight Limbs. We discuss parts of its history, how techniques are scored, the prevailing influence of betting on the sport and more. Although we are by no means experts on the topic, Muay Thai has had a profound effect on some of our martial arts journies so we felt we had to have an episode dedicated purely to it.
41 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Episode 34: Making BJJ Safer (BJJ SafeGuard)
In this episode we talk to Shannon from BJJ SafeGuard. SafeGuard's mission is to create safe jiu jitsu training environments by providing resources to the community to prevent and respond to sexual abuse. This was a really interesting conversation, and we feel, a much needed one in the BJJ community. We hope you enjoy, and don't forget to share the podcast with your friends!
34 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Episode 33: Complexity of MMA
In this episode, we discuss how the breadth of MMA affects learning and also how it can affect how fighters approach the sport. It seems that many fighters like to specialise, and few opt for general MMA ability, during this discussion we will attempt to understand why. Check out the streaming platform links and also social media:https://linktr.ee/combat_thoughts
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