About to take Muay Thai and I need more info!?
First of all, is this sport brutal? Is it scary? How tough is the workout? How much pain would you go through and how extreme will it be?
A few tips for a total beginner.. The instructors aren't big tough, brutal ogres.. They will in you first few weeks take you through the basic moves and help you build on them with speed and power, (the hardest part will be the physical workouts to get your fitness up.. like skipping, pushup's etc..) mostly the first few weeks you can expect to do alot of bag work and drills with a partner.. after this you will advance to "light sparring" which will teach you how to read opponents and react to kick's punches etc.. expect a few bruises but it isn't overly painful.. (you will do alot of ab exercies in class and kicking heavy bags to condition your body for hits..) I'm a girl and while going through this process it is more a little uncomfortable than painful.. Once your instructor feels you are ready .. he will get you into full contact sparring, but in class this is a controlled enviroment so you have nothing to worry about.. if it you get too overwhelmed or are uncomfortable at any point.. you have the right to stop the sparring.. You may need to do this for a while untill you get used to it as it is quiet confronting.. and a good instructor will not put you in any situation you feel uncomfortable in.. It is a brutal sport in the fact that your kicks/punches etc.. will become very powerful and fast in a short amount of time.. also when you do get to the stage of full contact sparring (or even fighting in the ring) your body and mindset will be well prepared for the devastating blows.. not saying you wont walk away with occasional bruises and pains, but it is worth it.. the training is effective and works quick, before you know it you'll be withstanding some of the most powerful blows and still be standing. I Love the sport and sure you will too.. Im glad I found Muay Thai..
Recommendation: just take it! you have testicular fortitude, you'll LOVE it!
it may seem scary when you first start, but each time you go home you will be amped and hungry for the next session. regardless of the other peoples abilities, you should be warmly welcomed and paired with a mix of skills that will allow you to grow and improve.
if you start, give yourself a 6 month target before you decide to leave or stay. that way you will be exposed to enough of it to know if it is for you. I promise you that if you stay regular, follow instruction and stick with it, you wont believe your progress from your start day.
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