Muay Thai is a traditional martial art which originated from Thailand. This martial art is best known for its use of both elbows and knees in combat. It is often referred to as the “art of eight limbs” because of the numerous body parts utilized. Unlike other traditional martial arts such as Taekwondo, Karate and Judo, Muay Thai is a sport oriented art which has been influenced by Western boxing.
Training in Thailand is a great experience and I recommend it to anyone. Here are a pair things to keep in mind concerning your skill and fitness earlier than determining you aren’t ready to train in Thailand. (At the end of this article, you should book your ticket!)
Get Ready To Relearn From The Start – Here is the factor, no matter how long you have got trained in Muay Thai, you may continually have something to learn, and the trainers will usually have something to educate you, or enhance approximately your technique. Before going to Thailand I had skilled Muay Thai for 1 year, everywhere from four-6 times per week. I turned into in pretty accurate form and my method changed into quite accurate. When I arrived in Thailand, and started education, almost the entirety approximately my shape and technique turned into altered with the aid of my trainers. This is not because I turned into doing things wrong or incorrect,, it is just that there are distinct methods to do things. Throughout the world, each instructor can have mild versions on style and approach. In truth, you may find in case you adventure to distinctive camps that distinct camps will teach matters otherwise… Likely even exclusive instructors in the identical camp. Something as simple as your stance will be tweaked and corrected by your trainers in Thailand.
With that being said, if you are new to Muay Thai, you may be at an advantage. Why is that??? Well, it’s pretty simple actually… there is nothing to “unlearn” Since you haven’t had a particular stance, or kicked a certain way, you won’t have to unlearn that way, and substitute it with your new method. In fact, at the camp I was at, almost every day there was a new person showing up who had never trained Muay Thai before. The main point here is that whether you are a newbie or a vet, when you head to Thailand everyone is basically on an even playing field, so don’t be fearful about your skill level.
Extreme Fitness – There is no better way to get in shape than training Muay Thai directly in Thailand. I don’t care what camp you train at, you are going to get in shape faster in Thailand on a “training holiday” than you would in your own town. There are many reasons for this including the warm weather, healthy food diet, intense training and lack of life distractions. You will often read stories on websites or forums of people who lost anywhere from 15 – 50 lbs. in a short time of training in Thailand. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do a little preparation ahead of time. As I stated before, I was training intensely for about 1 year, although I only focused on increasing my cardio the month before my trip. I started doing a lot of running for the last 4 weeks before my trip. Even with the great shape I got myself in prior to arriving at camp, I still had more shape to get into. You will get into that extra needed shape quickly with many conditioning exercises such as skipping, running, shadow boxing, etc. on a daily basis. To sum it up, I am pretty much saying the same as above. No matter how good shape you are in, you can always get in better shape, so don’t let that deter you from a once in a life time experience.
In The Ring – There is a big difference between thinking you are not at a high enough level to train with the Thai’s and that you are not at a high enough level to Fight with the Thai’s. The truth is, to get into a ring and compete it takes a lot of dedication and skill, especially in a country like Thailand. But to get into a gym and train, it simply takes a lot of desire. You just have to want to do it, and you need to have enough follow through to just get in there and give it some effort. You won’t be expected to get in a ring and fight when you are in Thailand… in fact, even sparring is voluntary at most gyms. If you are a little gun shy of being hit, and just want to focus on fitness, you can do that as well.
Once again, I encourage all of you to take the opportunity to go to Thailand and train in Muay Thai. It is a great experience at muaythai-camp-thailand to learn a martial art, and enhance your body and mind in the middle of the Thailand culture. Please don’t let your fears prevent you from living your dreams.