Training Muay Thai can teach you so much more than how to defend yourself and get fit. Its benefits are wide ranging and can teach you valuable lessons that can be carried into all aspects of life.
Here are 5 of the most important lessons that Muay Thai training can teach you
1. How to Start From Scratch
If you want to build literally anything in life, you will have to start from square one. Starting Muay Thai will show you that you can start from scratch and not to be afraid of doing so.
The progress you make will shine a light on how to stick with a commitment and turn it into something you can truly be proud of.
So putting on a pair of a gloves and shin guardsfor the first time, shouldn’t be such a daunting prospect if you think of how much you could achieve in the future
2. Success Takes Time
We all intrinsically know that success takes time but sometimes we need something to clearly illustrate it to us. Muay Thai does this perfectly.
If you stick with your training consistently over the years, you will become a fantastic fighter – regardless of whether you compete or not.
When you look back at your journey, you will realise your success didn’t happen overnight – it came as a result of dedication and consistency over a prolonged period of time.
You can then apply this lesson in life, being able to zoom out and take a look at the bigger picture, knowing that success never comes to us straight away and that patience truly is key.
3. Hard Work Pays Off
Most of us have heard this mantra before but we think inside the box too much.
We think that we must be limited to hard work in our paradigm, meaning that the hard work we put in has to be specific to our jobs and commitments.
But we can change the work we choose to do and how we apply ourselves to the ‘hard work’.
Muay Thai can change people’s lives – and yours is no different. You may be a rank amateur when you start, but if you apply yourself, you can become markedly better in a short space of time.
It shows you that you don’t have to stick to what you know. If you want to become genuinely brilliant at something, you just need to work hard at it and don’t be scared to throw yourself in even if you’re not an expert.
4. You Have to be Tough Sometimes
This can be physical or mental, but Muay Thai teaches you both types of toughness.
Pushing through the barrier is as much of a mental battle as it is a physical one and being able to strengthen both of these aspects of your life is one of the most crucial lessons you can take from your Muay Thai practice.
Whether you are skipping, running gruesome kick drills, or pounding the heavy, Mauy Thai is teaching you toughness.
It also transfers to how tough you are in your daily interactions. Dealing with colleagues in work, difficult people in day to day life, your kids, family – whatever it is, being tough can help you to deal with so many challenges in your life, no matter how big or small they may seem.
5. Quitting Doesn’t Get Results
Muay Thai is grueling. A lot of people will quit once the training starts to ramp up from the beginner stages.
But quitting gets us nowhere, literally nowhere. Being able to stick out such sustained, intense physical demands and then being able to reap the rewards of your efforts will show you that sticking things out yields results.
As the old saying goes…quitters never win and winners never quit.
Muay Thai will give you invaluable life lessons whilst making you a confident, fit and capable human being. If you weren’t already considering Muay Thai, you better be now!
Darren Mitchell is a Muay Thai enthusiast and writer for the BestMuayThai blog. Darren has trained Muay Thai for several years at gyms all over the world alongside some world-renowned fighters and coaches.