Like many martial arts, Muay Thai provides a lot of benefits to those who decide to learn “the art of eight limbs.” It is a striking based martial art that makes use of the eight main hard contact points on the body: the fists, legs, knees, and elbows.
There’s a lot more to Muay Thai than just learning kicks, punches, elbows, and knees though. Joining a Muay Thai gym and learning this ancient style is a life-long journey that offers many rewards and benefits.
Training Muay Thai provides so many benefits that those around you will notice changes in your appearance and behavior. Here are 6 ways learning Muay Thai will change you for the better:
1) You Become Leaner And Stronger
One of the most obvious benefits of learning Muay Thai is the physical benefits. A Muay Thai class typically moves at a fast pace, and students can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour spent on the mat. That is a significantly better burn than you would get from an hour swimming (400 calories) or lifting weights at the gym (300 calories).
The great fat burn that comes with training Muay Thai makes it easier for students to manage their weight and lose the excess pounds. Muay Thai training coupled with a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to lose weight.
The physical benefits of Muay Thai don’t stop there though. Each class also gives every muscle on your body a proper workout. Your biceps, triceps, glutes, and abs are constantly working while you are busy firing techniques at a heavy bag.
Your core muscles, in particular, are pushed to their limit during a Muay Thai class. Almost every movement you perform at the dojo requires the use of your core muscles as you twist, turn and throw techniques.
2) Improved Confidence
As was mentioned earlier, learning a martial art is a lifelong journey, and one of the benefits that comes early on is increased confidence. When most people walk into a Muay Thai gym for the first time, they find themselves trying to learn techniques that almost seem too complicated to be possible at times. Most schools only teach students one or two techniques during each class, but over time, each student ends up with a large arsenal of techniques they can perform at will.
This progression is one of the reasons those who give Muay Thai a try end up becoming more confident. It is a great feeling knowing you have managed to overcome obstacles that once seemed too big to overcome.
Knowing you have the skills needed to defend yourself will also give you a confidence boost. Martial arts teaches students to avoid conflict at all costs, but it is nice to know that you can successfully defend yourself if the need ever arises.
3) You Make New Friends
Another great benefit to training Muay Thai is the new friends and training partners you will gain. Muay Thai as a sport is an individual affair, but most Muay Thai gyms are more like a huge family. These are the people that will help you practice techniques and the people who you spar with when it is time to sharpen your skills. These new friends will also serve as a support system that will push you during classes and motivate you to keep up with your training.
Your passion for Muay Thai will serve as a foundation to build lasting friendships upon.
4) Lower Stress Levels
Exercise, in general, helps to lower stress levels. Intense workouts like the one you get while training Muay Thai are even more effective since they lead to an increased release of dopamine which helps to lower stress levels and improve your mood.
The focus Muay Thai requires also helps to take your mind off things that are bothering you and focus solely on the techniques or drills you are performing.
5) The Ability To Defend Yourself
When it comes to being able to successfully defend yourself against attackers, few martial arts compare to Muay Thai. Muay Thai practitioners tend to outperform those from other striking-based martial arts styles during cross-competitions, and practitioners learn a few things about grappling as well. Students don’t just learn to strike and defend against strikes, they also learn how to defend against takedowns, work in the clinch, and trip their opponents to the ground.
The arsenal of techniques you will learn during Muay Thai training is more than enough to protect yourself and your loved ones from anyone who puts you in a position where you have to defend yourself.
6) Improved Quality Of Life
The many benefits that come with Muay Thai work together to give you a better quality of life. For example, when you get back from a class, the endorphins that were released during your training relaxes you and puts you in a better mood. This helps you to sleep at night, leading to more energy when you wake up the next day.
Likewise, the improved confidence and fitness that comes with training will make you more assertive and daring in your professional and personal life. You will no longer lack the courage to try new things that interest you.
Learning Muay Thai comes with many benefits that can last an entire lifetime. It will teach you self-discipline, improve your fitness level, lower your stress, and give you the skills you need to defend yourself if necessary. The combination of all these things will make you a better version of yourself.
There’s no need to be hesitant about giving Muay Thai a try. You are never too old, too young, or too busy to start training. Muay Thai is something anyone can learn and benefit from. You just have to walk into a gym and start enjoying the many benefits.
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