5 Challenges of a Beginner Nak Muay

As someone who is just beginning to learn the art of Muay Thai, you will invariably encounter some challenges [Related: Intro Muay Thai at T.A.G. Muay Thai].

  1. The intimidation

Especially if you’ve never practiced a martial art before, beginning Muay Thai can seem very intimidating.  There are going to be some very skilled people at the gym, but don’t let that get to you.  They were in your shoes once too.

  1. The pain

You’re going to be using muscles that you didn’t even know you had!  You’re also going to be moving your body in ways it’s not accustomed to, so make sure to have some pain medication on hand for the next morning.  Also, there will be bruises, so plan your wardrobes accordingly.  No pain, no gain!

  1. The lifestyle changes

In order to train Muay Thai, beginners will have to adjust their diet and schedule if they wish to be successful.  Eating healthy and making time to train consistently are crucial for anyone who wishes to become a skilled Nak Muay.

  1. The mental game

Muay Thai is extremely psychological, even more than it is physical.  Beginners can go through the motions of the movements, but they also must learn how to play mind games with their training partners.  By learning to anticipate movements and observing patterns, a beginner Nak Muay can quickly take their skills to the next level.

  1. The reactions

People may think you’re crazy for deciding to train Muay Thai.  And they may be right.  But you should be prepared for a few concerned looks and a few confused comments, especially if participating in a combat sport is out of character for you.  But one of the biggest things Muay Thai does is increase your confidence.  Embrace your choice and don’t let any nay-sayers get you down!


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