Fight Ready Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA Gym Scottsdale AZ

Deric Flores

What Deric Says About His Group Classes

Muay Thai is an art of basics. If you don’t have the fundamentals down, you will be exposed very quickly, which is why I always start each class with jumping rope followed by shadowboxing and footwork drills. By having each person shadow box, it gives me the time to see exactly what areas of improvement need to take place as well as what strengths each fighter has. In my kid’s classes, I like to have the kids partner up for drilling exercises, and I will usually have the older kids partner with the younger ones—that helps the younger kids get better technique, and it helps the older kids by teaching others. In my adult beginner and competition classes, I like to work a lot of head movement drills and angles as well as sweeps/trips and the clinch, which I feel is a very underutilized area of Muay Thai at the local level. Sparring is important for both the adults and kids, which we do regularly (lightly for non-competitors), but the kids just strike to the body, and aren’t allowed to strike to the head.

What Deric Says About His One-On-One Training

Training with someone individually will vary by the goals of the student, but I like to mix sprints and weight training into the technical striking work. I always feel that running and lifting will, not only help people change their bodies, but will help them become a better overall striker, too. The thing I love most about private training is having the influence to help people change their lives. I’ve had people gain 20lb of lean muscle/weight and I’ve had people lose over 80lb while working with me. Seeing them become better strikers is good, but seeing them become so much happier with themselves and their new bodies is just fantastic!

Life Outside of the Gym

]When I’m not in the gym I’m still a kid at heart. I love to skateboard as much as possible, and I have been boarding for as long as I can remember. I also enjoy chess and other games of strategy and reading. Last, and definitely most, I have a 5-year-old daughter, who I’ll give as much time to as she’s willing to take!