It might seem overwhelming to start learning Muay Thai, but as long as you have the discipline to learn the techniques you’ll be fantastic in no time. This discipline is known as the “art of eight limbs” as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
The history of Muay Thai can also be traced to the middle of the 18th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam. Muay Thai was originally called by more generic names such as Toi muay or simply muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment.
Not Focusing On Technique
Many Muay Thai beginners don’t focus on their technique and rather just want the results of what the technique will bring. They do this by using brute force and just powering their way through a move. However, this is a mistake and will likely end up hurting you or exhausting your energy.
For those who want straight-up power need to learn patience. Power will come after you beginning perfecting the technique. Patience and discipline are both areas you’ll need to master before the technique is perfected.
Not Keeping Your guard Up
Many people make this mistake because they’re focusing on 12 different things at once. That’s why constant practice changes everything. Once you become one with your moves then keeping your guard up becomes completely natural and automatic for your muscles.
Going Too Hard in Sparring
This is your chance to really practice and perfect your Muay Thai moves in a safe environment. A punching bag will only get you so far so you’ll have to move on to a real opponent. An actual matchup is too big of a jump so you’ll want to practice against a real human being who isn’t there to take you down.
This allows you to test out techniques and learn from any mistake you make. Here you’ll also get feedback on your weak points and where to improve. This is meant to be a training session that lasts and if you end up going too hard then your practice is cut short. Pace yourself!
Not Building Endurance
Muay Thai is an extreme test on your body’s endurance. This can be the end of a fight if your opponent wastes your energy. It’s up to you to keep your body physically fit enough to withstand a full fight. There are many ways to build up endurance such as jogging and skipping.
Jogging is the king of the stamina-building exercises and if you’re serious about progressing in Muay Thai, you should be looking to do at least 3 jogs per week of around 30 minutes per session to attain minimal aerobic fitness. Even if it’s hard at first, each week will get better and your mind will become more resilient in the process. Skipping is also a great way to build endurance since it’ll help you be quick on your feet.