Ten Reasons Why Muay Thai Kicks Ass (not just literally)
2) Best stress therapy around – Pounding the pads, the punching bag or even your sparring partners basically ensures that there won’t be a single bit of stress left in you when you’re done.
3) The balance of a ballerina – Being able to stand on the ball of your foot while pivoting and rotating your hip creating massive amounts of acceleration, culminating in an explosion of power as your shin smashes into its target. Yup, balance.
4) Abs of steel – Besides the obligatory abdominal workouts that go along with Muay Thai training, the dynamic movement and constant engaging of the core muscles used in all the techniques will have you putting away the Ab Roller in no time.
5) Full body coordination – Jab – Right Kick – Cross – Left Kick – Left Knee – Clinch – 3 Skip Knees – Rotate – Right Elbow – Push – Right Kick – Left Teep… and repeat.
6) A lesson in physics – Understanding the concepts of rotational acceleration, leverage, opposing forces and energy transfer explains how a 15-year-old girl can drop a grown man with a well placed left hook to the jaw.
7) Understanding the concept of predation – Steeping into the ring, sizing up your opponent, stalking them as you engage in battle, choosing between quick, targeted attacks or a full scale onslaught will definitely leave you with a better understanding of the prey vs. predator relationship.
8) A lesson in respect and humility – every great student of Muay Thai has at some point in their training encountered that person, or persons, who reminded them that no matter how much they thought they knew, it was but a fraction of what was left to learn.
9) Welcome to the club – Muay Thai has an amazing history dating back hundreds of years. To become a student of Muay Thai is to become a part of that history, that culture, and become part of a massive family with members all over the world.
10) Never back down – The greatest gift that Muay Thai has afforded me is the confidence to take on any challenge that comes my way, to believe in the strength of my convictions and to be able to stare right into the eyes of my fears and set sight on my wildest dreams.