Part of the Century Answers: First Day of Martial Arts Class series.
Hello! We're back with another First Day of Class post. These videos are mine. I started muay thai (Thai kickboxing) in college, and, for context, I had no idea what it was and had only heard of it in a science fiction book. So if you’re worried that you don’t know enough about martial arts to start training…don’t be.
NOTE: In these videos, I probably say both "muay thai" and "kickboxing." Muay thai is a specific form of kickboxing, and one of the most common, but it's not the only style. I have, perhaps, gotten too used to using the terms interchangeably for the sake of describing my training to non-martial arts friends and family. I'm sure some of you can relate. ("So, you do karate?" "No, Uncle Allan, it's jeet kune do. It's a hybrid martial art; it's got some wing chun, some kung fu, and some karate elements, and others." "So...you do karate?" *Sigh* "Sure, Uncle Allan. I do karate.")
However, this advice should be equally applicable in any kickboxing gym!
1. What do I need to bring to muay thai?
2. What can I expect to have happen during muay thai class?
3. What are some misconceptions about muay thai?
4. What’s basic etiquette for muay thai?
5. What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to take muay thai?
6. What advice would you give to parents who are considering muay thai for their child?
Haven't seen the art you're interested in yet? Keep checking back! We've still got more of these posts to come! You can also leave a comment with suggested arts you'd like us to cover.