If you want to get fit and learn a striking martial art then Muay Thai is a great way to start your fitness journey. If you are a fan of UFC or Mixed Martial Arts then Muay Thai when combined with BJJ or Submission Grappling is a great way to have the best of both worlds.
Getting right to the point: no, you don’t have to be fit to start Muay Thai. No matter what level of fitness you are at, Muay Thai (also sometimes referred to as kickboxing) will get you fit and strong.
Really, what you do need to start kickboxing are hand wraps, boxing gloves, and a gym towel — because you will be sweating quite a bit. Muay Thai is better than simply hitting the gym because it will get you lean and strong without the bulk. The type of workout also promotes heart health while building flexibility through the kicking and striking skills. It’s also much more entertaining because learning new skills will keep you motivated to train.
WHAT IS MUAY THAI
Muay Thai is a martial art originating in Thailand and incorporates punches, kicks, knees and elbow strikes. Muay Thai and kickboxing are both very similar and differ in the competitive rules however both are very strategic, incorporate footwork, setups, and techniques to defend blows from the opponent and land strikes oneself.
Likewise, many of the techniques taught in Muay Thai are similar to the techniques taught in kickboxing, especially the fundamentals. Both sports are fine striking martial arts and have been proven effective at the highest levels of competition multiple times.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Most instructors would have devoted years to training in martial arts and most certainly wouldn’t be teaching if they didn’t have a passion for it. With the above in mind, your instructor will know when you have reached your limits and will respect when you have reached the end of your tether. Keep in mind, however: your instructors will also know when you need to be pushed harder.
Lastly, we also encourage you to consult your local GP if you’re concerned about your level of health in relation to starting a new sport. This includes health concerns like obesity, asthma, or diabetes. Be honest with yourself on what your body can take.
WE VALUE COMMITMENT OVER ANYTHING ELSE
Hey, we get it if a particular sport just might not be right for you, but there’s also nothing we respect more than a beginner that just keeps coming back for more. If you’re groomed enough in life, you’ll understand that you won’t always fall in love with a potential hobby on the first go. In fact, most people will tell you it took a few tries before they fell head-over-heels for a new sport. Heed this: commitment trumps fitness every time because, without it, there is no advancement. We love some of that no-quit mentality.
WILLINGNESS TO LEARN
Being the new guy sometimes sucks — but if you’re approaching a new class with an open mind and a good attitude, you will likely end up having a lot of fun. Many martial arts gyms (particularly ours, ahem) host a team of good-spirited, humbled leaders that all remember what it was like to be a beginner. Being willing to learn and possessing a good attitude are our only prerequisites to trying out as a beginner. Give it a go!
If you’re still testing the waters with kickboxing, give our 3-class trial a try! No contracts or signatures required.