There is absolutely no question about it whatsoever, joining a Muay Thai gym can completely change your life for the better. Also known as the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai teaches students how to defend themselves using the eight hard contact points on the human body: the fists, elbows, knees, and legs.
It is an ancient martial art that has been tested on battlegrounds and at the highest levels of competition. Most true martial artists hate to claim that one fighting style is superior to another, but if there is one striking style that seems to be significantly more effective than others, it is certainly Muay Thai.
Muay Thai goes way beyond simply teaching people how to throw kicks, punches, elbows, and knees, it also teaches students important life lessons and values. Training Muay Thai gives students all the tools they need to overcome any obstacles life throws at them.
Here are 5 ways joining a Muay Thai gym will change your life:
1) Improved Confidence
People who learn Muay Thai quickly develop a new sense of confidence. There are many reasons why this is so. This martial art has many techniques and moves that all students have to learn, and some of these can seem impossible to execute at first. However, as the student’s training progresses, the same techniques the student once struggled with becomes muscle memory. The student finds himself doing things he once thought only professional fighters could do and working out for a lot longer than he once could.
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The end result is a student who now believes in his ability to accomplish any goals he sets. This confidence translates into other areas of life like school and work.
2) Lowers Stress
Signing up for Muay Thai classes also helps you manage stress. Nowadays, most of us have very busy schedules and that can leave us feeling overwhelmed from time to time. Exercise, in general, is great for stress relief, but Muay Thai, in particular, is good for this purpose due to its intensity and the fact you get to punch and kick things while training. It’s a great, positive way to release all the tension and frustration inside you while learning how to properly defend yourself. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
3) Improves Your Problem-Solving Skills
Martial arts like Muay Thai are a lot more cerebral than they seem at first glance. When two evenly matched competitors go head-to-head, it quickly becomes a chess match. The victor is typically the person who is able to outthink the other by accurately predicting the opponent’s next move while keeping his disguised.
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Unlike regular chess, where both participants are quite comfortable, Muay Thai students have to try to outthink their opponents or sparring partners, while being physically tired from training and dealing with their opponent’s attacks.
Muay Thai doesn’t just improve your ability to think critically, it also improves your ability to think clearly while under pressure.
4) Make New Friends
Meeting lots of new people is one of the benefits of learning a martial art like Muay Thai. Every student needs an instructor to learn from, and you also need a variety of training partners to train with. Having a good selection of training partners is particularly important since this gives you the opportunity to train with people who have different body types and favorite moves. This sharpens your Muay Thai.
Over time, you will find yourself developing friendships with your training partners and instructors. They will serve as a support system that is there to push you if you have moments of self-doubt.
A Muay Thai gym tends to attract very interesting, positive-minded individuals, and it’s one big family.
5) Keeps You Lean
Most people don’t immediately associate martial arts like Muay Thai with losing weight, but it is actually more effective than most of the fad weight loss exercise programs that are constantly being advertised. An hour-long session of training Muay Thai can burn up to a thousand calories.
In order to lose weight, a person must expend more calories than they consume each day. Given the fact the average person only needs about 2,000 calories per day, any exercise that allows you to burn up to half of your daily calorie intake within an hour is irreplaceable.
Couple the insane fat burn you get from training Muay Thai with a healthy diet and it’s only a matter of time before you get the body you’ve always wanted.
Learning a martial art is a great way to get your life headed in the right direction. Who couldn’t use improved confidence, fitness, problem-solving skills, and stress relief? The combination of these things will make you a more confident person and give you all the tools you need to be the best version of yourself.
People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from training Muay Thai. The best way to get started is by scheduling a complimentary introductory class. This gives you a chance to check out the facilities, meet potential instructors and training partners, and experience firsthand how much fun training Muay Thai is!
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