As a beginner in Muay Thai, here are 3 tips to use when you are just getting started.
Tip 1: Its okay to stick with the basics
If you start to feel overwhelmed with everything going on around you, or the technique is confusing you, just slow down.
Take your time and focus on your technique, the coaching instructions and feedback. Break down complicated routines into small sections, slowly putting them back together.
Don’t be worried that you will slow down the class. We all were a beginner at some stage, so we understand how you feel.
Tip 2: Become a Muay Thai nerd
The more you can immerse yourself in Muay Thai, the more you will learn.
Get to the gym early, do some bag work, talk to fellow members, get fascinated and ask your coaches questions. No one will think your weird – the best way to learn faster is to become obsessed and put the effort in!
Tip 3: Practice your shadow boxing
At the start, it may seem weird and strange to Muay Thai the air! However, shadow boxing is beneficial and you will see results.
Shadow boxing allows you to practice your stance, footwork and striking at a controlled pace. Mirror work allows you to identify improvement areas, leading to sharper execution of technique. Focus on particular aspects of your technique to improve on, rather than overwhelming yourself with a mass of confusion.
Don’t be afraid to ask the coaches or fellow members for advice on technique.