With a professional career spanning 25 years and more than 400 bouts, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao from the Evolve Fight Team is a multiple-time Muay Thai world champion across several weight divisions. The 37-year-old veteran is today widely considered one of the best Muay Thai kickboxers in history.
Born in the province of Buriram in northeastern Thailand, Sam-A discovered Muay Thai at the age of 9, inspired by one of his uncles who was also a fighter. Even though Sam-A had no formal training in the discipline early in his career, he began competing on a weekly basis, racking up valuable experience over his first few years as a professional.
At age 15, Sam-A decided to take his career more seriously, and moved to Bangkok to train at the famed Petchyindee Academy. There, he built the foundation of skills that would take him to unprecedented heights in the sport of Muay Thai.
Not long after, he found himself competing in the Thai capital’s most prestigious arenas, including Rajadamnern Stadium and Lumpinee Stadium. Eventually, he captured the Lumpinee Stadium title across multiple weight classes, along the way adding the WBC Muaythai and Thailand national titles to his resume, among other accomplishments.
Sam-A joined ONE Super Series in 2018, winning the inaugural ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title. He captured the ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship in December 2019, and then added the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship to his mantle in February 2020.
For those who train Muay Thai and are looking to upgrade in the skill department, learning from a legend like Sam-A is the only way to go. If you want to add Sam-A’s techniques to your arsenal, understand his fight strategies and philosophies, as well as dive into the mind of a martial arts icon, then this opportunity is for you.
Today, Evolve University shares four reasons why learning from Sam-A Gaiyanghadao will level up your Muay Thai.
1) You’ll learn how to control the fight with exceptional footwork
Sam-A is known for his craftiness in the ring. A major component of his distinct style involves expert footwork, which he often relies on in his fights to stifle opponents with effortless grace.
Known for his slick movement and superior speed, Sam-A has the ability to run circles around his foes. He glides across the ring, cutting angles on both the offensive and defensive end, and is an incredibly elusive target as a result.
Sam-A also employs clever use of the long guard as a primary component of his ring generalship. He can keep opponents out of range with his lead hand, and then explode into his combinations at the drop of a dime.
Utilizing footwork to deal with different styles of opponents, whether they are defensive technicians or aggressive power strikers, Sam-A can face any kind of fighter in any given fight.
Understanding how to control a fight with exceptional footwork is one of the best things you can pick up from Sam-A.
2) You’ll learn how to strike accurately
Sam-A is world-renowned for his striking speed and precision. He can thread the needle with his fists, and capitalize on split-second openings with his lightning-quick kicks. But it isn’t just god-given physical gifts that have brought success to the 37-year-old legend throughout his career.
Sam-A is also a master of timing and accuracy, and uses both attributes in parallel to score epic finishes.
Studying under Sam-A, you will learn how to use every weapon in the Muay Thai toolbox. You will gain an understanding of which technique works best in a given situation, and how to chain certain techniques to achieve a greater effect.
You will also learn how to use timing to disrupt an opponent’s rhythm.
From his sharp boxing combinations, debilitating elbows, to his signature left roundhouse kick, you’ll learn how to strike with precision. You will gain a grasp of all the nuances and strategies that make his techniques such effective weapons in any situation.
3) You’ll gain elusiveness with feints and fakes
Sam-A is no doubt a special fighter. His combination of speed, power, and technical mastery is a rarity in the sport of Muay Thai.
But although he usually outstrikes his opponents, using all of his advantages in the ring to great effect, Sam-A isn’t limited to his offensive prowess alone. In fact, as a fighter, he is the perfect balance between offense and defense, and can switch between the two seamlessly.
Trickery and deception are part of Sam-A’s fighting DNA.
He is an expert at setting up strikes, utilizing lead and rear feints with subtle movements designed to throw opponents off their game. He’s also a master at evading an opponent’s strikes by the narrowest of margins and coming back with a devastating counter strike.
Adding Sam-A’s elusiveness and feints to your game will diversify your striking repertoire. You’ll gain the ability to bait opponents and maneuver them wherever you want the fight to go.
4) You’ll learn how to nullify clinch fighters
Sam-A is a Muay Femur in practice, a fighter who relies on intelligence and technical ability as opposed to mere offensive aggression to win fights.
As a result, he has had to deal with a plethora of Muay Khaos (Knee Fighters) throughout his career, which are known to be naturally effective in neutralizing the tactical superiority of Muay Femurs by closing distance.
However, Sam-A has developed his own unique style to combat Muay Khaos, using clinch control and his knee guard to keep them at bay.
Clinch fighters are very hard to deal with in the ring, because they are masters at reducing the gap and getting on the inside. With Sam-A’s experience and technical know-how, you can learn to decipher the distinct rhythm and pace of Muay Khaos, and use specific techniques to counter their strategies.
Not everyone knows how to deal with clinch fighters. But with Sam-A’s guidance, you will learn the best and most effective way to handle them in the ring.
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