If you have ever considered it, chances are you've gotten slightly nervous at the prospect of your first lesson.
After all, Muay Thai is a brutal looking sport: two guys (or girls) in a ring, pummeling the heck out of each other, and hoping to come out of it intact... And in a 16ft.x16ft. ring, there is not much room for hiding!
Even seasonned martial artists have been known to dread taking up Muay Thai, as the sport is renowned for its emphasis on hard sparring (as opposed to forms), and its demanding conditioning regime.
But, what is the reality? Read on...
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Step 1: What to expect?
- Upon approaching the gym, you'll probably hear some hard thumping from a distance!
- you might even hear some loud grunting
- the great majority of fighters will be male, and under 40 (any decent gym will have separate children classes)
- a lot of fighters will be in superb shape
- a lot of sweat, and not a lot of talking
- fighters are likely to size you up quietly, and if you come in with an attitude, you might be quickly put back in your place. But don't worry, they'll very quickly recognize you for what you are: a beginner, and therefore not much of a target...
Don't despair, it's only a first impression... and after all, isn't that what you should expect from a good martial arts club? Read on, and you'll be one of these hard-as-rock fighters in a matter of months...
The reality is that as a newcomer, you'll most likely be made to feel welcome. You'll start by learning the basic techniques and working on the bags and pads. Also (and this is the bad part) you'll also be doing countless push-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts, and various other body weight exercises designed to leave you a trembling wreck.
Will you have to spar?
Well, no one is going to throw you in the ring until you're ready... and even then, it'll be up to you: a lot of people take up muay thai for its health benefits, and spar very seldom... but more to come about sparring later...