A Beginner’s Guide to Muay Thai: Expecting the Unexpected

Everyone’s got their own reasons for getting fit. Some want to do it to decrease their increasing waistline. Others want to get into a healthier lifestyle. Still, others want to do it because they are looking for ways to protect themselves.

Of course, there has to be a reason to get into Muay Thai. After all, you’re investing time, effort, and a lot of pain. Here is what you should expect if you want to get into the sport and the ensuing grind.

1: You can get into it any time

Well, you are probably signing up for the first time, so expect the slow, painful grind at first. The conditioning exercises will surely be a challenge at first. They’re designed to give your body the chance to adjust, anyway, so you should embrace them. There’s no other way.

2: Review, review, review

If you want to seriously perfect your craft, you need to know how to do things properly. Watch videos on how you can make those kicks picture perfect. If you need to, you can also look at videos of past fights. There’s nothing like learning the proper form from athletes who’re dedicated to the sport.

3: You’ll suck, big time

In the first place, if it wasn’t so hard to get into Muay Thai, you’ll see a lot of people doing picturesque kicks and punches. Expect to look silly the first time you do it. While others take naturally to it, it only means that they’ve spent more time and effort honing their craft on the mitts and the pads.

4: Arrive early, leave very late

The most diligent student always gets the best things in life. When you want to get better in Muay Thai, you need to act like you’ll do anything to get it. Embrace the sport. Watch it in all its forms; train yourself even when you’re not in the gym and in no time, you’ll kick like a pro.

5: Embrace the pain

Every form of exercise always leaves you feeling sore and aching all over. You’ll expect the same in Muay Thai too. Since you’re basically using more of your feet, shin, and ankles, you will experience pain in these areas. You’ll have to prepare lots of ice and massage oil to get those bruises down.

6: Invest in quality

If you’re investing in Muay Thai full-time, you should not risk quantity for quality. It’s fine if you’re getting into it as a hobby, but even then, you’ll find yourself perfecting your craft. Ask around, see what everyone’s using. You can also look at reviews on the web for the best headgear, gloves, and mouth guard.

Everyone’s looking for a good exercise to get into at some point. If you want to get into Muay Thai, be ready. The decision to start kicking and punching doesn’t come lightly.