5 Reasons to train Muaythai

Muaythai is a sport that has changed my life for the better! I am married to martial arts and recommend everyone to try any form of martial art whether it’s Muaythai, BJJ or Boxing! Muaythai provides some of the best workouts for the body.

Here are my five reasons to train Muaythai:

1.Keeps you healthy and fit: It is a great workout for the whole body!
2.Teaches you self defence: It is the most relevant striking style for MMA and can get you out of situations where you need to defend yourself
3.Keeps you disciplined: training humbles you and makes you more disciplined and helps you in other goals in life.
4.Makes you a more calmer person: everyone that trains in Muaythai has a calm manner to them, it requires a lot of focus and concentration to learn skills and makes people calmer when under stress with other part of their life.
5.Most importantly it is FUN! If you want to train to be a champion or just for fitness it makes no difference it is still fun!

As they say it is the science of 8 limbs it is both beautiful and can be devastating when applied properly

Laos Toohey


VAMMA and UAEJJ National Pro in Sydney


Busy weekend for team Absolute we had Jai fighting Thai Boxing on VAMMA Show, Jai won via 2nd KO! In BJJ we sent a team over to compete at the UAEJJ National Pro in Sydney here are the results:

James Walters Gold weight division and bronze open,

Vince Rogato Gold weight division

Hoshi Friedrich Bronze weight division

Nikki LG Gold weight and Bronze in weight division

Mitchell Wickham gold in weight

Seth Crossman gold in weight and Heather Woods bronze on weights

Congrats to all who competed and represented us so well!  Great Work!

New MMA classes and extended opening hours in Collingwood!

Collingwood continues to grow with new MMA classes and extended opening hours starting next week!

We will have a new All Levels Mixed Martial Arts class with Simon Carson at 5.30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Thursday class is in place of the previous Fundamentals class and people who were attending this class are encouraged to come along to the All Levels class too.

The updated Collingwood timetable is here.

Our opening hours in the morning have been extended with the gym now open and available for use from 6.00AM to 9.00AM each morning Monday to Friday with new Functional Strength classes to come soon!

Our Collingwood opening hours are now as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 6.00AM to 9.00AM, 5.00PM to 9.00PM
Friday: 6.00AM to 9.00AM, 5.00PM to 8.00PM
Saturday: 9.00AM to 1.30PM



We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Antonia Kay a Boxing student at the CBD.

Name: Antonia Kay
Sport: Boxing
Occupation: Singer/ Songwriter

How did you get into the sport ?
Two years ago I felt stuck in life, and wanted to get inspired and do better for myself and make my family proud so I decided to start boxing to get out of that dark place I was in.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
I see myself as a world champion travelling all around the world , hoping to have 5 albums by then and do well in the music industry and inspire people with my story.

Why do you love training at absolute MMA ?
Firstly because I have a coach who’s accomplished great things in the sport and is very inspiring to have someone like Pradeep teaching you the art of boxing . Secondly we have a very strong team . Everyone cares about each other’s improvement and that’s a great principal in boxing , you can’t get better on your own, when you go through hard times you need to pick each other up . Especially when you don’t have family around to support you it gets really tough, I see the team as my family and Absolute is my home.

What advice would you give to people to take up your sport?
If you wanna take up the sport of boxing is very important you love it and you have fun at training and stay dedicated and focused everyday. Make every training session count and never stay in your comfort zone always push yourself to do something you’re afraid of, something that makes your heart rate go up. Be mindful when practising and do the right thing… and if you decide you want something, never give up until you get it .


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Bradley Wiedenhofer

We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Bradley Wiedenhofer a BJJ student at South Yarra.

Name: Bradley Wiedenhofer
Sport: Brazilian jiu jitsu
Occupation: Retail manager

How did they get into the sport?
Grew up watching UFC and thought that the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ground game and the grappling side of things looked amazing. So me and a friend of mine checked out where the nearest Black belt was in South Australia and went down to have our first lesson. I have loved it ever since.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Old hahaha.. I hope in 5 years to have my Black Belt. I would like to of done many more competitions overseas and locally. And I would also like to be still competing in 5 years and maybe of medaled at the ADCC qualifiers.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
Coaches Liv, Craig, Lachlan & Thiago, there wealth of knowledge is amazing and there are always open to spend time with you improve you and your skills and trying new techniques that you would like to use. My teammates and friends that I have at Absolute MMA is also the other reason I train there. I have made some amazing friends while being at Absolute that test me every time I step onto the mats. And that are also willing to lend a hand in and out of the gym. Also the open door policy that anyone from any gym can train there and kindness and hospitality towards the people that come to train from the coaches and teammates at Absolute is amazing.

What advice would you give to people to take up your sport?
Have Fun, train as much as possible, train not just at your gym but any gym you can, make friends, learn everything you can. Technique, technique, technique! And most of all enjoy your journey. It’s a long road so take your time and don’t rush going from one belt to another enjoy yourself.


5 Solo Drills you can do to help your Muaythai

Training on your own is part of the sport some times, so here are 5 drills I like to do as part of my training to be more efficient with time.

1. Shadow boxing. This seems like an obvious one but it’s a great chance warm up and work your technique without impact on your body. I also use visualization in my shadow boxing, instead of randomly throwing shots I visualize an opponent sparring in front of me and work my defenses, attacks and footwork.

2. Tabatha bag work. Tabatha is awesome for fitness! Find a long bag and start with 20 seconds of technique combinations at lower intensity and then 20 seconds of high intensity with hard and fast combinations. Do 8 rounds of this then have a minute rest.

3. Clinch work on bag. Lock on to a heavy short bag, pull and push the bag like you are in the clinch driving knees in at different angles. Practice your pop back straight knees and continuous knees, it’s also a good way to practice hard elbows.

4. Plyometric work is great for developing explosiveness in your Muaythai. My favourite plyometric drills are box jumps including one legged box jumps. Gradually build up the height on the box jumps ensuring that both feet are landing cleanly so you can stabilize on top of the box.

5. Ladder drills help with speedy footwork and agility. There are heaps of different drills to try the aim is to be as quick and light on your feet as you can. I usually start the drill at half speed and build up the speed as I get more comfortable.

I try to keep drills simple but also challenging, since it they are ‘solo’ drills it’s best to choose ones you enjoy as you get what you put into the drill.

Claire Foreman


What to expect in your first month of training in BJJ?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an incredible sport and a martial art in where you never stop learning. For an average person it takes 10-15 years to earn their black belt and that’s because BJJ is extremely difficult. BJJ can be practised as a hobby, a competitive sport, a way to get fit, stress relief, a social outing and a very effective form of self-defense.

In your first few sessions, you will learn the fundamental moves and concepts which will carry you through to more advanced techniques later down the track. Usually you will repeat the technique on a partner without any resistance, which is called drilling. The next step of training is where you test out the technique or sequence you just learnt with live resistance from you training partner. This is a great way to give you feedback on how effective your execution is and where it could be improved. Probably the most enjoyable part of training for many is the sparring part – or ‘rolling’ as we call it in BJJ. This is where you train with full resistance with an aim of having positional control over your opponent and eventually making them ‘tap out’.

In your first month of training, you should expect to have a lot of fun. You may see yourself dominated by a smaller, but more skilled opponent, which means that the sport you are choosing to do actually works. You will learn new skills, meet some wonderful people and become a part of a friendly community. You will get fitter but also realise that the more efficient you become at the technique, the easier it gets. You will learn about patience and discover things about yourself – be it on a physical or emotional level. The beginning is often tough, but all you have to do is keep turning up with an open mind and be ready to learn. Training BJJ for whatever reason you may choose is a journey absolutely worth having.

As they say, a black belt is a white belt who never quit.

Livia Gluchowska



Member Spotlight: James Walters

We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to James Walters a BJJ student at Melbourne’s CBD his an insight to the reasons he trains!

Thiago Student CBD
Name: James Walters
Sport: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Occupation: Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Planning for Victoria

How did you get into the sport?
I grew up my whole life playing football, and was heavily into the gym and fitness. I was overseas on a holiday and thought I would try an MMA class. Turned out I accidentally did a BJJ class instead, I got absolutely destroyed by everyone for 2 hours straight, no matter what I did, how much strength or effort I used, everything worked against me. I must have been submitted at least 30 times. I was fascinated and hooked immediately. From that point on I knew straight away that BJJ is something I needed in my life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Training Jiu Jitsu every day and competing on the world stage, living a healthy lifestyle with a strong mind and body. Inspiring and motivating people to be the best they can be in all aspects of life, open to offering any assistance or guidance to anyone who asks for it whatever it may be. As well as working with the developing world to improve their waste systems.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
The fact that at any point in time you can walk in there and be surrounded by world class coaches and athletes working hard towards their goals, and passing on knowledge to anyone who asks for it. The people I have met at Absolute are like family to me now, and you don’t have to go very far to find someone to get advice about Jiu Jitsu, weight training, conditioning, holistic health, or any other aspect of life – we are diversified and unified. Plus the facilities are incredible, and the quality of BJJ practitioners in the gym on any given day is insane. The lunch classes will make you and break you.

What advice would you give to people to take up your sport?
You’re going to feel uncomfortable, you are going to feel compromised, you are going to sweat a lot, tap a lot, and feel like you are being swallowed alive. You just have to keep showing up, work hard, listen with an open mind, and you will grow every day, and get fitter, stronger, more flexible, mobile and motivated, and all those things you thought were impossible from day one will become second nature. You will also be surrounded by a whole bunch of people who inspire you and believe in you, even when you might not. Oh and care for your cauliflowers early.


Thiago Stefanutti Officially promoted to the level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt third degree

Officially promoted to the level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt third degree. I would like to thank my coach and good friend Paulo Streckert who is teaching and believing in me since my first day on the gentle art’s journey, thank you all my team mates in Brasil and Australia without you it wasn’t going to be possible.

Thiago Stefanutti

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