For those of us who have embarked on our Muay Thai journey, our ultimate goal is to become the best martial artist we could ever be. However, we sometimes get unmotivated or disheartened along the way. Unfortunately, this causes some people to throw in the towel and end their journey at a certain point, when they’ve barely scratched the surface of Muay Thai.
Although it can get tough at certain points, believe us when we say that it’s worth pushing through and getting over these hurdles. The Muay Thai World Champions at Evolve MMA have all gone through many ups and downs on their own journeys – so they fully understand what you’re going through. That’s why we’ve decided to speak to them and find out how you can make progress and get closer to your Muay Thai goals.
Curious? Then read on, because today, Evolve Daily shares 8 Training Tips From The Muay Thai World Champions Of Evolve MMA:
1) “You have to work hard, be disciplined and tough.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Petchboonchu FA Group
Petchboonchu always attributes his success in Muay Thai to hard work, as he claims he isn’t exceptionally gifted or talented. Whenever he’s training or fighting in the ring, he would always give 100% – even when he’s tired. Perhaps this something we all can learn from him. After all, one of the most important things that a martial artist can possess is that of a strong work ethic. We believe that is what separates the great from the good.
2) “Watch and learn from others – whether it’s your teacher, training partners, opponents, or fighters on TV. Always be open and keep your eyes peeled for lessons you can learn.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Muangfalek Kiatvichian
It doesn’t matter whether your training partner is smaller, of a lower rank, or double your weight. Take it from Muangfalek – there’s something you can learn from everyone that would definitely benefit you. So whenever you’re training, don’t write anyone off, and of course, pay close attention to your instructors whenever they’re teaching you or dishing out some valuable advice!
3) “When you win, don’t get over-confident; and when you lose, don’t get too down.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sagetdao Petpayathai
It’s important to stay humble when you win, and not let defeat bring you down. Like all other fighters, Sagetdao has tasted his victories and dealt with some losses in the ring. While it can be difficult to not be disappointed with a loss, it always helps to take it as a lesson, and learn from your mistakes, then come back stronger. After all, you ultimately learn more from your losses than your victories.
4) “You have to relax. Being too tense is not good.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Penek Sitnumnoi
This piece of advice from Penek is extremely valuable, especially when you’re sparring or fighting in the ring. It is only when you’re calm that you’d be able to conserve energy, control your power, and also have fluidity in your movements. Psst! Staying relaxed also plays a part in doubling your punching power and speed!
5) “In order to improve, you have to love and enjoy Muay Thai.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
It is evident that all the Muay Thai World Champions, including Nong-O, have a genuine love for the sport. After all, without passion, it’s impossible to go far because passion is what drives you during those moments when you feel unmotivated or tired. Also, when you enjoy Muay Thai, you’ll look forward to every training session rather than dread going to the gym. When you love and enjoy what you do, you’ll definitely give 100% every time.
6) “Always be grateful to your instructors and training partners.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun
As a martial artist, it is important to never lose gratitude, and to always remember where you came from – no matter how far you make it in Muay Thai. As Orono says, always be grateful. Your instructors and training partners have all played a part in shaping you to become who you are today, and will continue to do much more for you. So don’t forget to thank them after every session and of course, appreciate all that they’ve done for you.
7) “Don’t be scared. Instead, have confidence.” – Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Chaowalith Jockey Gym
Yes, we know it can be pretty nerve-wrecking to spar or step into the ring. So the next time you feel your nerves kick in, take Chaowalith’s advice and be confident in your abilities! After all, why doubt yourself when you’ve spent so many hours drilling, sparring and training? It helps to focus on positive thoughts, so you can drown out that inner voice of self-doubt. Remember, you got this!
8) “Take responsibility for your training, and always be honest with yourself if you want to improve.” – Muay Thai Champion and trainer of World Champions Yodkunsup Por Pongsawang
It’s okay to take awhile to nail down some techniques, or have that extra rest day when your body is not feeling great. However, it’s not okay to give up just because you’re struggling with a technique or make excuses to skip training when you feel unmotivated. As Yodkunsup says, you have to be responsible for how much you invest in your training. Things like being on time, putting in effort, concentrating in class, and being coachable, are all within your control – so it’s really up to you how much you wish to get out of your training.
Apart from that, you should always be honest with yourself, especially when you’re tired. So when your instructor tells you to do 50 kicks on each side, you do 50 kicks on each side. If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself – and it wouldn’t do you any good in the long run.
Now that you’ve read all these useful tips from our World Champions, apply it to your Muay Thai training and make every session count!