Muay Thai, also known as “The Art of 8 Limbs”, is considered to be one of the most powerful and effective martial arts in the world. Deeply embedded in Thai culture, Muay Thai fighters are revered as national heroes in Thailand. Evolve MMA is fortunate to be the home of some of the greatest fighters in Muay Thai history. In fact, Evolve MMA has the most number of authentic Muay Thai World Champions in the world. These legendary champions have earned fight records and accolades that most fighters could only dream of. One such champion is Chaowalith Jockey Gym, a three time Muay Thai World Champion with an impressive professional fight record of 174-34.
Under the influence of his uncle, who was also a Muay Thai fighter, Chaowalith was persuaded to start training Muay Thai at the age of 6. As a young child, Chaowalith recalls that he was terrified of fighting. Chaowalith was so crippled with fear that he was unable to perform up to his ability and he lost his first few fights. Instead of giving up, Chaowalith dug deep and persevered. He would go on to become a Rajdamnern Stadium World Champion, Thailand National Champion, and WMC World Champion. Chaowalith recently sat down with us to share his 5 secrets to becoming a World Champion. Here are the secrets to his success:
1) TRAIN HARDER THAN EVERYONE ELSE
Although training hard might seem like a given, many people overlook the value of hard work. Chaowalith believes that those who excel are the ones who train harder than everyone else. Even if you are naturally gifted, without hard work you will never succeed. “There were times that I would train just one technique, like a push kick, thousands of times in one day. I would kick the pads over and over again until I got it perfect. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I wanted to be a champion. I didn’t care what they thought,” Chaowalith explained.
2) YOU CAN’T TEACH HEART
According to Chaowalith, your heart must be 100% behind everything that you do. From training to stepping into the ring, having unwavering passion will give you the self-confidence and motivation to persevere. In times of difficulty, having “heart” is what gets you through. It allows you to stay focused and deal with any stressful situations that you may face. “Heart is what pushes you when you are at your weakest, when you are about to give up. Not everyone has that,” says Chaowalith.
3) SOMETIMES, YOU CAN GET LUCKY
Many people argue that success has nothing to do with luck. Chaowalith believes that this is true, but only to a certain extent. “There are people who are at the right place at the right time, and they seize the opportunity when it comes. What you do with your lucky break is what makes you a champion,” says Chaowalith. Anyone can turn their luck around if they want to; they just have to want it badly enough.
4) GET A GOOD TRAINER
Trainers are responsible for teaching their students proper technique and ensuring that they realize their full potential. Good trainers analyze their students’ performances, giving them explicit feedback so that they are always improving. A trainer serves as an adviser, parent, mentor, and supporter, all at the same time. “Without my trainers, I wouldn’t have achieved all that I have,” says Chaowalith. As an instructor at Evolve MMA, it is now Chaowalith’s turn to become a source of inspiration and guidance to his students.
5) WORK ON YOUR ENDURANCE
For Muay Thai fighters, endurance is a critical advantage. It could also be the determining factor between winning and losing. “You can have great technique,” explains Chaowalith, “but if you are physically weak, you are giving your opponent an opportunity to beat you.” Endurance ensures that you are always at your best form, ready to seize every opportunity that comes your way. In fact, many Muay Thai fighters begin their day with a 10 kilometer run.
As the saying goes – nothing worth having comes easy. Chaowalith has shown us that hard work, heart, good instruction, endurance, and a little bit of luck can go a long way. Although being a World Champion may seem like an impossible dream, there is no reason why you shouldn’t train to be one. As we have learned from Chaowalith, anything is possible as long as we pour our heart and soul into it.