Muay Thai has evolved from an ancient combat martial art to a growing, popular fitness program. Thai boxing is a great way to get fit, lose weight quickly and learn practical fighting or self defense skills. Muay Thai is perfect for not only those seeking fitness, but also for martial arts enthusiasts. If you are ready to participate in Muay Thai training, prepare yourself with some basic knowledge and the right approach.
- Ease into it. By all means, participate, but jumping in and over training or training beyond your skill level and experience level will lead to injury or burnout. In Muay Thai, as in all sports or disciplines, it is essential to learn the basic moves and the rules first before performing advanced training. You need a solid foundation on which to build and training within your level will reduce your risk of injuring yourself. Don’t push yourself too far, too fast or train beyond your skills. Training at a level where you feel comfortable will make learning safer and faster in the long run as you will not be set back by injuries.
- Expect a little pain. Muay Thai is a demanding physical activity, expect some muscle soreness and body pain. This is especially true if you haven’t done anything active or strenuous in a while. Your muscles will be sore and it may be harder to walk and climb stairs for a few days. Your body will eventually adjust and overcome the initial soreness with regular training. You may also experience bruises on your arms and legs, both are common in Muay Thai training and sparring.
- You are a Student. Don’t be the class “know it all”. You are there to learn, so ask questions when appropriate, when there are moves and techniques that you don’t understand. Your Trainer should appreciate if you ask questions, it shows that you are eager to learn and improve and you may be asking questions that your fellow students also have but are too shy to ask. Appropriate questions will speed your progress, don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to ask. And pay attention during class.
- Muay Thai training is challenging, but you should also enjoy the training. If you enjoy class, chances are you’ll stick with it and attend and participate regularly. Getting fit and staying fit should be fun!
Muay Thai class can be a little intimidating at first, especially if you are new to martial arts. But remember that every Muay Thai student or teacher was once a rank beginner just like you.