Interested in Muay Thai? Can’t say we blame you; it’s been gaining a lot of popularity recently as a highly specialized form of martial arts that is both powerful and accurate. Whether you really want to learn this versatile form, you want to find a way to defend yourself, or you’re simply in it to get fit and healthy, what’s important is that you find a Muay Thai martial arts class that benefits you. This means your specific fitness level, your physical capabilities, and your mental preparedness.
If you force yourself to settle for a class that doesn’t quite line up with what you’re looking for, you’ll find yourself discouraged from attending and unmotivated to work out. With that said, here are some points to consider when choosing a Muay Thai martial arts class that benefits you.
If you want to learn proper Muay Thai, Look for a real Muay Thai instructor (also called a Kru). Anyone with 10+ years of experience and who has officially earned the title is definitely qualified to be teaching beginners the basics. The last thing you want to do is learn modified Muay Thai from an overconfident MMA fighter or a student just like you.
Are the instructors certified by an official Muay Thai organization (like the World Muaythai Council or the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur)? What about the gym itself—does it have a proper registration and business license? Make sure you avoid seedy looking side businesses or shoddily organized “schools” that are just trying to make a quick buck.
Of course, you want to choose a studio that’s near you. It should be close to either your house or your work. If you’re absolutely determined to learn Muay Thai, then you might be able to overlook long travel hours. However, if you’re not a hundred percent committed, the lengthy commute might discourage you from attending regularly.
Do they require every student to participate in a competition, or are students given the option to sit competitions out? And if a student decides to compete, what is their policy for training the student? Do they take him/her aside for one-on-one coaching to fully prepare him/her, or do they keep him/her in group lessons and encourage solo training on their own time? Different studios will have different approaches, so you need to discern which one suits your personal goals better.
Do they offer classes for every level, from beginner to advanced? What is their policy regarding graduation from one level to the next? If you’re only in it for the short run, then any studio that offers beginner-level classes should be fine. However, if you really want to work your way up, you should seek a center that offers classes for all levels.
Do they offer programs other than Muay Thai? In other words, is ita dedicated Muay Thai gym, or is it more of a martial arts fitness center? Most modern Muay Thai classes also offer boxing, as both forms are quite similar, and when combined, can make anyone a considerable opponent.
But if you want to just focus on Muay Thai, you should probably look for a dedicated instructor. If you want to try a variety of martial arts, you might benefit better with signing up for a clinic.