Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide to Conditioning, Training, and Fighting was originally published by Paladin Press in 2002. It was one of the first English language books available in the United States on the subject, preceded only by Thai Boxing Dynamite: The Explosive Art of Muay Thai by Zoran Rebac in 1987 and Muay Thai: The Most Distinguished Art of Fighting by Panya Kraithat and Pitisuk Kraitus in 1992.
Both Thai Boxing Dynamite and Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide were published by Paladin Press.
In winter 2017, after over 45 years in the publishing business, Paladin Press closed up shop. Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide underwent some simple revisions and a newly copyrighted edition was released in December 2017 by CreateSpace Publishing through Amazon.com, and as an ebook through KDP.
Thai boxing and mixed martial arts training has strong crossover appeal. Training in these styles is popular among athletes from other sports and to fitness enthusiasts, generally. Likewise, Thai boxers and mixed martial artists have long used cross training with basic cardiovascular conditioning, weight training, and stretching to enhance and supplement their performance.
Muay Thai Kickboxing: The Ultimate Guide provides a practical, hands-on approach to offer the best of both worlds – a reference guide to the combat sport of Thai boxing and a fitness manual for general physical conditioning.
It’s composed of three basic sections.
The first section provides a brief basic background on kickboxing generally and a brief history of Thai boxing in particular.
The second section provides details on stance and footwork, striking and defensive techniques, fighter’s tactics and strategies, detailed training drills, conditioning methods, and sample routines.
The third section provides detailed information on physical conditioning, fitness, and cross training including sections on calisthenics, weight training, cardiovascular conditioning, stretching, motivation, goal setting, and documentation.
In the most comprehensive guide available for entry into the fast-growing sport of Muay Thai kickboxing, personal trainer, Thai boxing coach and experienced fighter Chad Boykin leads you through every aspect of the game. Whether you long to test your mettle in the ring or simply get in the best shape of your life, this book will show you how. With clear, instructive photos and descriptions, Boykin demonstrates the conditioning exercises that provide the foundation for the power and speed of Muay Thai. Then he takes you step by step through the brutal elbow and knee strikes, punches, clenches and kicks that form your offensive arsenal, plus the blocks and evasion techniques that will confound your opponent. Training drills teach you to flow from one move to the next with accuracy and confidence. A veteran of the ring, Boykin gives novice fighters inside information on what to expect and offers advice on fighting styles and strategies. Whether you’ve been participating in kickboxing for years or are new to the sport, this book will give you the edge you need to succeed.