Many people are considering taking martial arts or self-defense training courses due to the increasing rate of violent crimes occurring all around the world nowadays. However, there are several psychological barriers that prevent most of them from actually going through with it.
From the fear that you might not be any good at and that your classmates will laugh at you to the anxiety caused by social interactions or the innate laziness and lack of motivation, it’s easy to postpone the moment indefinitely.
The following guide aims to shatter some of the preconceptions associated with Muay Thai classes – perhaps even with other contact sports – and help you make up your mind about the subject once and for all.
No prior training or great physical shape is required
Muay Thai programs can take you from zero level and help you define your body as well as improve your condition.
You won’t be good at it from day one
No Muay Thai master started out an expert in these martial arts, but rather gained this statute by practice and hard work.
You will need to watch matches regularly
Watching experienced fighters constitutes an excellent way to learn new techniques and improve your current ones.
Shadow boxing is your best friend
However silly you might feel doing it, there are few better ways to correct your posture and techniques than properly executing shadow boxing moves.
You don’t have to go pro
Nobody is forcing you to practice Muay Thai beyond the skill level at which you feel comfortable, remember that.
Always ask your master what you want to know
There is a world of benefits to be reaped in terms of improving your techniques by simply asking your teachers.
Regulating your breathing for optimal performance
Breathing constitutes and important part of this combat sport, meaning that you can’t execute the motions correctly – not for long at least – if you don’t control the inhale/exhale process.
Fighting really is optional
Combat sport or not, you don’t have to spar with your fellow Muay Thai students unless you really want to.
Support your partners just as much as they do
Mutual help is highly encouraged in this sport; your partner can’t always be the one holding the pads for you.
Private lessons and you
Private Muay Thai classes enable the master to focus all his attention on you and your techniques rather than having to manage ten or twenty students simultaneously.