It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been training Muay Thai for a few months or a few years. Once you’re a practitioner, the art of eight limbs will always have a special place in your life, and there will always be some things that only you and your fellow training buddies understand. Well, whatever it is, one thing’s for sure: you’re going to keep training and working towards becoming the best martial artist you can be.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Train Muay Thai:
1) You always look like you’re running away from home
It’s not like you can help it, really. You usually opt to carry a huge bag that can store your water bottle, training attire, hand wraps, gloves, shin guards, and mouth guard. Either that or you split your stuff into two bags. And the end result? You look like you’re either running away from home or going away for the weekend.
It might be a struggle to even move around in crowded places or put your bag(s) on a chair when you’re out eating with your friends because of the size, but you’ve learned to embrace the runaway/vacation look.
2) You intend to go/have gone for a Muay Thai training vacation
At some point during your Muay Thai journey, you fell in love with the art of eight limbs. And that’s why you’re willing to spend all your spare time training, even if it means revolving your entire holiday around it! You might have spoken to your peers about their training trips, and found out about how it helped take their training to the next level. Because of this, you wish to follow in their footsteps and immerse yourself in your favorite martial art by going on a Muay Thai training vacation!
3) You feel the urge to shadowbox, everywhere
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in your bedroom, at the office, or waiting for the train. You can be anywhere in the world and still feel the urge to shadowbox. After all, you are more than happy to revise whatever you’ve learned and work on perfecting those techniques! Even if you don’t end up actually shadowboxing, you are thinking about the new combinations you learned in class and visualize yourself executing them.
4) You can feel like death after your run, but still be pumped for the training session ahead
You might have hated running when you started including it as part of your warmup. However, you’ve learned to embrace it over time because you saw for yourself how it helps to boost your cardio and take your fitness to greater heights, even if you always feel tired from your pre-training run. And the best part is that despite feeling like this, you’re still excited about learning the new combinations and working on refining those techniques. After all, you are willing to do whatever it takes to improve!
5) You spend time thinking about the combinations you want to execute the next time you spar
There’s no such thing as being too prepared right? Well, that’s exactly how you feel when it comes to Muay Thai. Because you’re constantly working on becoming the best version of yourself, you always spend time thinking about the combinations you’re going to throw at your training buddies the next time you spar.
Like shadowboxing, this is something you can do literally anywhere in the world. And whether or not your planned combinations work out, you ultimately learn whenever you test them out.
6) You realize that you can learn from everyone you train/spar with
At the start, you’ll only learn from the instructors. However, over time you realized that there is something to learn from everyone – regardless of rank, size, gender or age. That’s why every session has become fruitful, and you are always more than happy to get advice or tips from your training and sparring partners.
So tell us, how many of these things can you relate to?