Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding

The Complete Guide To Pad Holding As Taught By World Champions

One time payment of $49.90 (launch price) for lifetime access of 16 chapters of instructional content (equivalent to $3/chapter)

Trailer – Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding

Sneak Peek – Pad Holding Stance & Rhythm

Sneak Peek – Pad Holding For Speed Kicks

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Chapter 1 to 16 (4 hours 11 minutes)

1. Introduction To Pad Holding Training Series

Duration: 3 Minutes

Part 1: Introduction To Pad Holding Training Series


Pad work is essential for Muay Thai training. It helps condition the fighter for a fight, improve their techniques, and also their fitness and stamina. An efficient pad session allows the fighter to improve on all 8 weapons, training them to hit accurately and with power. A good trainer does not just emphasize offensive techniques – defensive techniques will be incorporated into the training as well. Pad work is beneficial on every level, as trainers or pad holders are there to improve and correct your techniques.

Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding covers various topics that help you to improve your pad holding skills.

2. Equipment Overview & Usage

Duration: 14 Minutes

Part 1: Kicking Pads
Part 2: Belly Pads & Shin Guards
Part 3: Focus Mitts
Part 4: Low Kick Pads

In this chapter, we will learn about the different equipment used in a pad holding session often seen in a Muay Thai gym. The Training Series covers everything you need to know, from guiding you on how to wear them properly to using the equipment for the different strikes of Muay Thai. This is the foundation all pad holders need to know before they can progressively learn how to be good trainers and guide fighters through their career.

3. Stance & Footwork

Duration: 9 Minutes

Part 1: Stance
Part 2: Forward And Backward
Part 3: Lateral Movement

Stance and proper movement allows the pad holder to maintain good balance and brace for impact more efficiently, especially when you are training elite fighters whose strikes are more concentrated and impactful. It is crucial to have a good foundation and balance. Basic movement like having the pad holders moving forward can also drill defensive techniques like dodging an incoming clinch.

4. Punches

Duration: 15 Minutes

Part 1: Jabs
Part 2: Cross
Part 3: Hooks
Part 4: Uppercuts

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads and issuing commands for all basic punches and understand the basic mechanics of pad holding. Once mastered, they can mix them up to chain punches into combinations.

5. Punch Combinations

Duration: 25 Minutes

Part 1: Combination 1
Part 2: Combination 2
Part 3: Combination 3
Part 4: Combination 4
Part 5: Combination 5

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads and issuing commands for various combinations of punches. A solid understanding of basic pad holding techniques for basic punches has to be in place before any trainer can progress to this stage.

6. Elbows

Duration: 22 Minutes

Part 1: Horizontal Elbow
Part 2: Straight Elbow
Part 3: Uppercut Elbow
Part 4: Spinning Back Elbow

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads and issuing commands for different types of elbows. It is ultimately important for any pad holders to learn the proper techniques for safety during any training session.

7. Teeps

Duration: 12 Minutes

Part 1: Straight Teep
Part 2: Chest Teep
Part 3: Block And Teep Combo

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads for and issuing commands for teeps to the abdominal area and chest, and also adding defensive mechanics along with teeps.

8. Kicks

Duration: 15 Minutes

Part 1: Roundhouse Kick
Part 2: Switch Kick
Part 3: High Kick
Part 4: Multiple Roundhouse Kicks

In the new era of Muay Thai, roundhouse kicks can play a big part in scoring highly during a fight. A fighter can drill up to a few hundred roundhouse kicks during their training in a single day. Therefore, pad holders need to have extensive knowledge and a solid foundation on how to hold pads for roundhouse kicks.

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques for holding pads for and issuing commands for various types of roundhouse kicks, including single kicks, switch kicks, high kicks, and multiple kicks.

9. Low Kicks

Duration: 22 Minutes

Part 1: Low Kick Pads
Part 2: Kick Pads
Part 3: Punches And Low Kicks
Part 4: Head, Body, And Leg Combination

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques for holding pads and issuing commands for low kicks with different equipment as each type of low kick requires a different set of techniques. These will help the fighter to improve their power, speed, and accuracy. We will also learn how to chain various strikes together with low kicks for a devastating knockout combination.

10. Knees

Duration: 12 Minutes

Part 1: Straight Knee
Part 2: Double Knee
Part 3: Clinch And Knee

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads and issuing commands for knee strikes, together with techniques on how to initiate a clinch and help fighters at any level to improve their Muay Khao skills. It is essential to learn and practice pad holding skills for these as a wrong move could result in injury.

11. Defense Techniques & Counters

Duration: 12 Minutes

Part 1: Block Kick And Counter
Part 2: Guard Punch And Counter
Part 3: Parry Teep And Counter


You can’t be a complete fighter if you focus only on offensive techniques. Defensive techniques are equally important. A good trainer or pad holders often add defensive elements when training their fighters. Having a strong defense without countering is not ideal as they will fall behind on points during a fight.

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques for holding pads while executing offensive strikes to drill the fighters’ defensive techniques, and after that countering with good balance. Common mistakes will be highlighted.

12. Dodge & Counters

Duration: 12 Minutes

Part 1: Dodging Punches And Countering
Part 2: Step Back And Counter
Part 3: Dodging Low Kick And Countering
Part 4: Dodging Roundhouse Kick And Countering

Dodging strikes is more ideal when it comes to defending as it does not absorb any damage compared to defenses where a certain amount of impact has to be absorbed.

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on how to hold pads while executing offensive strikes to drill the fighters’ dodging techniques, and after that countering with good balance.

13. Leg Grab & Counters

Duration: 21 Minutes

Part 1: Counter Combination 1
Part 2: Counter Combination 2
Part 3: Counter Combination 3
Part 4: Counter Combination 4

In this chapter, pad holders will learn various techniques on holding pads while executing roundhouse kicks to instill different defending techniques followed by countering with good balance.

14. Boxing Mitts

Duration: 20 Minutes

Part 1: Boxing Combination 1
Part 2: Boxing Combination 2
Part 3: Boxing Combination 3
Part 4: Boxing Combination 4

Boxing mitts are made to be focused on accurate and fast punches, and also punching combinations. At the same time, the trainer can correct any wrong techniques as boxing mitts are easier to maneuver compared to kicking pads.

In this chapter, pad holders will learn how to hold and command 4 basic boxing combinations.

15. Muay Thai Combinations

Duration: 33 Minutes

Part 1: Combination 1
Part 2: Combination 2
Part 3: Combination 3
Part 4: Combination 4
Part 5: Combination 5
Part 6: Combination 6
Part 7: Combination 7

Muay Thai fighters who are capable of using all 8 limbs of Muay Thai can be competitive and even dominate in a fight. It can also mimic the dynamics of a fight or a sparring match and help the fighters to improve their offensive combinations.

In this chapter, pad holders will learn how to hold pads and issue commands for 7 effective combinations that can be added to their arsenal.

16. Freestyle Pad Holding

Duration: 4 Minutes

Freestyle Pad Holding

In this chapter, our Muay Thai world champions will showcase an uncut and raw 2 minutes of freestyle pad holding session. Having learnt all the foundations for pad holding, trainers can mix offensive strikes and drilling defensive instincts through these sessions.

Refine your understanding of Muay Thai through honing your pad holding and pad work skills with Evolve University’s Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding!

Being a good pad holder is not just knowing how to angle the pads for different strikes and being a passive partner. It also means actively guiding your partner step-by-step through fluid combinations with proper technique. As a fighter, being familiar with proper pad work training will deepen your knowledge of Muay Thai training techniques. This, in turn, will let you maximize your pad work sessions and sharpen your skills as a well-rounded Nak Muay.

In this Training Series, Evolve MMA’s Muay Thai World Champions explain the differences between focus mitts, shin guards, kicking pads, and other equipment typically used in Muay Thai. Our Instructors also describe using the appropriate stances and footwork for the pad holder. From honing your partner’s teeps and hooks to teaching them proper movement, this Training Series is a complete guide to pad holding. Pick up insights on instructing beginners to throw strikes with accuracy and power, and how to direct advanced fighters to deliver elegant combinations of punches, elbows, kicks, and knees. 

Whether you are an instructor aiming to elevate your fighters’ capabilities or a student looking to better appreciate Muay Thai training from another perspective, this Training Series will give you a better understanding of maximizing the use of different training pads in Muay Thai and empowering your partner to unleash their inner Nak Muay. With over 4 hours of on-demand video content structured into 16 chapters, Evolve University’s Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding is your ultimate guide to honing your pad work and pad holding skills like a Muay Thai World Champion. 

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  • What Is The Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding?

    Evolve University’s Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding is the best video instructional content for beginners and advanced practitioners of Muay Thai training on Pad Holding, created and taught by the multiple-time Muay Thai World Champions at Evolve MMA, Asia’s #1 Muay Thai Gym.

    In this Training Series, Evolve MMA’s Muay Thai World Champions explain the differences between focus mitts, shin guards, kicking pads, and other equipment typically used in Muay Thai. Our Instructors also describe using the appropriate stances and footwork for the pad holder. From honing your partner’s teeps and hooks to teaching them proper movement, this Training Series is a complete guide to pad holding. Pick up insights on instructing beginners to throw strikes with accuracy and power, and how to direct advanced fighters to deliver elegant combinations of punches, elbows, kicks, and knees.

    With a full complement of over 4 hours of on-demand video content structured into 16 chapters, Evolve University’s Muay Thai Training Series: Pad Holding is the ultimate guide to training future Muay Thai World Champions.

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    If you are interested to understand how to maximize the use of different training pads in Muay Thai and empowering your partner to unleash their inner Nak Muay from legendary Muay Thai World Champions, this Training Series is for you.

    From honing your partner’s teeps and hooks to teaching them proper movement, this Training Series is a complete guide to pad holding. Pick up insights on instructing beginners to throw strikes with accuracy and power, and how to direct advanced fighters to deliver elegant combinations of punches, elbows, kicks, and knees.

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