Jun 21, 2012|
Why do you think muay Thai is making a comeback?
There are two main reasons: firstly, people are caring more about their health so are using muay Thai as a way to exercise while learning self-defense. Secondly, it’s already popular with foreigners and a lot of people just like to follow what they do.
How has muay Thai changed over time?
It’s become more business-centric. More people are now focused on building good fighters and putting on a good show for the sake of money and gambling. The rules have also changed to comply with this outlook—and sometimes referees bend the rules to ensure a better fight, something that didn’t happen in the past.
What are the benefits of the sport?
You learn to respect your teacher, be humble, patient, capable of forgiveness and sacrifice and grow as a person, as well as improve your stamina.
Are people mostly training or do they actually spar too?
It depends on the school and teacher, but in most cases if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn the proper footwork and defense moves first, then once you’ve got the balance right you’ll get a chance to fight.
How long does it take for a beginner to turn pro?
It varies depending on the person. If you have a good teacher and you train daily, you’ll be able to defend yourself within three months, and both defend and attack within six months to a year.
What are the signs of a good muay Thai school?
They should teach step-by-step without rushing the students. The staff must not be goons: instructors should be highly disciplined and be able to give reasons behind each move. They should really have some sort of experience in the art of muay Thai.