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 Ramon Dekkers: Multimedia The Beginning

Fame And Glory In Thailand

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Full Contact Karate - Muay Thai

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End Of A Great Career

     

Ramon Dekkers:  Ramon’s Technique

     
Some fighters sometimes find it very difficult to motivate themselves before a fight but Ramon wanted to be the best. He just wanted to win the fight, prove his ability to everyone, especially in Thailand, so that’s how he motivated himself.

Ramon was a model professional when it came to preparing for a fight. He watched videos of his opponents and when he had studied the videos, he started training.

One important thing about Dekkers is that he uses the constant repetition of the technique to develop his technique. Dekkers, being an astute student of his craft, knew how to work not only by himself, but also with that ever important training partner. If you see Ramon and Cor Hemmers training with the Thai pads you will realize that they have created a science out of this kind of training.

Another thing you see in Dekkers that is very unusual is that he can fight like a devil, but at the same time he can always train in a very precise and astute way. When he fights, he seems relaxed, but then suddenly he attacks in a vicious manner that surprises all spectators. He is really a scientist in this respect.

In Thailand all athletes are great kickers. Ramon’s kicking abilities are exceptional but his favorite fighting techniques are his punching techniques. One of his stronger weapons was his left hook. He was not just some free-swinging wildman in the ring. He was a cold-blooded technician with the intention to terminate his opponents.
 

Rob Kaman, Ramon Dekkers and Cor Hemmers

 
Cor Hemmers, his trainer and step-father saw the enormous power that Dekkers possessed from his early steps as a fighter. I mean this man was 63 kilograms and he fought and punched and kicked like a heavyweight. It was really incredible the way he fought and the way he worked.

He was fighting just like a Thai, trapping the leg, delivering kicks to the body, kicks to the leg. His kicks were like swinging a baseball bat. Dekkers was renowned – not only for those devastating punches but also those hammers below the waist, those shins of steel which he would occasionally set up with the punches, and then blast the low kick occasionally. He was really becoming feared for that power.

He would actually try to kick through his opponent. And, the opponent’s legs definitely fell prey to that. He would crack guys open time after time. This caused fighters to shiver when they saw the name Ramon Dekkers – thinking that they had to go in the ring with this ‘demonstration of destruction.’

It had gotten to the point where Dekkers’ opponents were so afraid of him that they fought merely to survive. But this presented a new problem for Ramon. Rather than to try and shoot it out with his opponent in the middle of the ring, he had to drive them to the corner and to finish them off with his punches and kicks.

 


Ramon Dekkers, of course, was one of the most superbly prepared fighters ever – a man who never let go. He was always very dedicated in training, always strong, always powerful, always with lots of stamina. He needed that because some of his opponents were so afraid of him that they ran away. They tried to hide but they couldn’t hide. The ring was just too small and Dekkers did exactly what he wanted – exactly what he set out to do – and that was to create a knock out. Usually a devastating KO.

At some point Thai fighters were starting to fight differently. In the beginning, it was only kicking and kneeing but then, they started being more complete. More boxing, elbows, kicking – they were even trying to deliver punches to the body, liver punches. They looked at a lot of videos of Ramon to study his fights and they were trying to imitate him. Because the Thais are very proud people and were also very proud of their Muay Thai, they actually called in trainers to instruct the fighters who would fight Dekkers, just to make sure the Thai fighter would win.

When Dekkers found out that they were bringing in trainers, this only reaffirmed his own commitment to getting back into the gym, to hammering out not only the tried and tested techniques that had gotten him to the top of the world of kick-boxing and Muay Thai, but also to get through with some furious new combinations under the tutelage of his trainer and mentor Cor Hemmers. Dekkers was really determined – more than ever – to not only be at the center of the stage, but also to be the stage itself.

Cor thinks the most important thing was that because they were so close, one could make a move and the other would feel it. When they were working together, whether with pads or with gloves, Cor says they were like a well-oiled machine. They learned a lot from each other. And later on, when Hemmers visited some camps in Thailand, he saw that they had started to duplicate their system. He saw his bag combinations. He saw the things that Ramon did. They started to go a little more to the boxing techniques because in the beginning, the Thai were only kicking and kneeing. So it seems that Ramon had a lot to do with the evolution of the style of the Muay Thai fighters.
     

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  Ramon Dekkers: Multimedia The Beginning

Fame And Glory In Thailand

Interview

Titles

Injuries

Full Contact Karate - Muay Thai

Best Fights

Cor Hemmers

Technique

End Of A Great Career

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