When it comes to excitement at the gym, nothing tops Muay Thai, a.k.a. “The Art of the Eight Limbs”. Why limit yourself to the boring cardio and repetitive group classes found in conventional fitness centers when Muay Thai offers the true triple threat: Excitement, Superior Fitness and Self-Defense.
Why Muay Thai is So Exciting!
Virginia Beach Muay Thai at its best is non-stop action where professionals can use all their limbs – fists, elbows, knees and shins – to attack opponents and fend off advances. However, even beginners can draw praise with their footwork, hand speed and leg strength.
Watching an actual bout should convince you of both the strategy and concentration needed to become a great Muay Thai fighter. A combat is often unpredictable in pace and form, adding to the excitement and anticipation when both fighters engage at full speed. The array of short, medium and long range strikes and throws available give athletes ample opportunity to demonstrate their skills.
Muay Thai for Fitness.
Muay Thai’s popularity, especially in America, can be attributed to the unbelievable levels of fitness that you can attain in minimal time. Here, we quickly summarize the most important benefits:
Core and conditioning: Before embarking on a lot of strength and stamina work, you should first establish a good core and conditioning base. An accredited or certified Muay Thai instructor will lead you through the necessary exercises to ensure that you achieve optimal physical shape.
- Strength Workouts: Resistance training (weights), pull-ups, dips (biceps).
- Speed Training: Plyometrics, Pad Training, Shadow Boxing.
- Explosive Power Training: Plyometrics, Pad Training, Burpees, Push-ups.
- Stamina Workouts: Running (jogging), swimming, skipping rope, bag and pad kicking in repetition.
Muay Thai for Self-Defense.
Like all martial arts, Muay Thai is excellent for self-defense. Even with all its history, philosophy, and intricate techniques, it is an accessible form of street-fighting that regular folks – especially women – can learn in a short period of time. Even people who have no intention of fighting in a ring can become “ring ready”, thus capable of effectively thwarting attacks from intruders and stalkers on the street.
Muay Thai training emphasizes simple yet powerful striking techniques that beginners can pick up quickly. In a sudden street-fighting situation, it has significant advantages over the more complex attacking styles found in other combat sports (e.g. Taekwondo).
Muay Thai emphasizes sparring, which means that you are practicing your fighting techniques with actual opponents right from the start. This simulates real fighting, but in an environment where you can practice strikes and combos at your own pace. Especially elbowing techniques, where you practice both offense and defense.
Thanks in part to its fitness requirements and self-defense suitability, Muay Thai is the most exciting combat sport around. As an added bonus, it will raise your self-confidence level to new heights. You’ll achieve a stronger physique, better posture, and an intimidating presence that deters troublemakers on the