Great night for Team Southside MT Adelaide here at Knees of Fury 71. Racheal SSMT def Rosie Duxfield from New Zealand for the IKBF South Pacific Title.
Anela SSMT defenced her South Australia IKBF Muay Thai title against Shannon (Boar)
Courtney (Blacco Gym) def Christina SSMT
Seth (Toe to Toe) def Trent SSMT
Well done and thank you to Sheppster Promotion for another awesome Muay Thai show in Adelaide.
One of the major benefits to be gained from Muay Thai, is the opportunity to define your own values. More often than not, honesty, respect and integrity are identified as the key values that are engaged and developed through Muay Thai training.
As a coach, we have a special relationship with our fighters. Training 3-4 hours per day, the relationship is busy and rewarding for both coach, and fighter. The relationship creates a bond that is focused on development and achieving goals. From time to time, coaches need to make decisions for their fighters, based on what is in their best interest. As such, there is a mutual understanding between the coach and fighter, which is based on respect, honesty and integrity and underpinned by trust. Without these shared values, the coach/fighter relationship would just not work.
Fortunately, the values that are developed from Muay Thai continue to be held for the remainder of an individuals life. I received a phone call yesterday from an ex member of our fight team, who retired 7 years ago after accumulating 15 fights. Although he has not trained for 7 years (and I hadn’t spoken to him in 3 months) he called me to ask if it was okay if he could train at another gym, whilst he was working away interstate. I was completely flawed, that even after all this time, our bond still existed and his values are stronger than ever.
How does Muay Thai help develop individual values?
One of the major lessons Muay Thai teaches is respect. Respect must be shown to coaches and their fellow peers, along with training partners, friends and family members. Showing respect builds relationships which are positive, helpful and trusting. The common method of showing respect is achieved through a ‘bow’. Fighters show respect to their coaches and gym by completing the “Wai Kru Ram Muay” dance, which is unique to Muay Thai. This translates to “war dance to salute your trainer”.
Not only does Muay Thai teach you to respect others, it also teaches self respect and equips you with a deeper reverence for people outside the gym environment.
Your first day at school can be a nerve racking experience. New people, new uniform, new teachers and unfamiliar surroundings create that sense of nervousness that we can all relate to.
I remember the first time I walked into a Muay Thai gym – I had the same feeling at the first day of school! The first session is essentially the greatest challenge to overcome.
For anyone starting Muay Thai, attending the first session is always intimidating. There is plenty of noise from the pads, and the smell of liniment flows through the gym.
The one thing that we all have in common, is that we all started as complete beginners and knew absolutely nothing about Muay Thai. However, as you start turning the rope and learning some technique, the nervous feeling soon passes, as you ease into the session.
So, to help you along the Muay Thai journey, here are some tips for those new to Muay Thai, or for those that are hesitating to start:
1. You will suck at first
Now, if you have concerns about being clumsy, it’s perfectly fine. Unfortunately, the most basic movements make you feel completely uncoordinated!
We all know how you feel as everyone has been in the same position, so you don’t have to be hard on yourself.
The coaches and trainers will correct your technique and guide you through the learning process. Just have the listening ears on and try absorb as much knowledge as possible.
2. You don’t need to be fit to start Muay Thai
It is the job of your coach to get you fit – not yours! No one expects you to be fit, and no one will make you feel bad if you aren’t.
Learning Muay Thai is about developing your skill set, and with that your fitness, strength and conditioning will naturally improve. Sure, you will find the training challenging, however, this is the reason why you started!
3. You don’t have to fight or spar to train in Muay Thai
Unfortunately, there is an unwelcome stigma attached to Muay Thai regarding a requirement that to train in Muay Thai, one must fight. Not everyone wants to be hit in the face – so if you don’t spar, no one is going to think any less of you.
Fighting and sparring is not for everyone and we acknowledge and appreciate that everyone is different. Hence, the majority of people train solely for fitness, health and recreational purposes.
4. Respect and bow
Tradition is important, so bowing to fellow training partners and coaches is essential when attending a training session.
We all must never forget where we came from and where we are going; hence, the values of respect and honor must be followed.
5. Rest, recover and don’t over-train
Muay Thai is very addictive. In no time at all, you will want to train every day.
However, resting is very important. Inadequate rest and over-training can lead to a greater occurrence of injures, that are generally more severe.
Muscles grow when your body is at rest – therefore, adequate sleep is vital for recovery. If you aren’t resting enough, it’s hard to get stronger.
Most of all, listen to your body and rest from training when you need to.
Having just started at primary school a few weeks ago, and not even 5 years of age, my daughter is one of the smallest children in reception. Unfortunately, her experience with school is yet to be a positive one, as she is being physically contacted by other reception students. This has left her feeling miserable, and having to avoid play areas where these kids play.
Build confidence by learning self-defence
As a parent, I initially felt helpless and unable to control the situation. Part of me wanted to race into the school raging, but thinking rationally I knew that was not the way to deal with situation. Instead I focused on my daughter, and showed her a few simple but effective strategies that negate the other kids actions when chasing her, or grabbing and pulling her hair and arms. Despite the fact that she is still learning the techniques, they have given my daughter a little more confidence to deal with the situation.
Confidence creates assertiveness
The main thing I am trying to teach my daughter is that being assertive is essential. The key to being assertive is for kids to present themselves as being confident by standing tall and pulling the shoulders back. Vocally conveying to the harasser “stop” or “no” in a firm and load voice, along with a “stop” hand gesture clearly asserts my daughters position. This also helps to attract attention from others (possibly including teachers and other older kids), highlighting that unwanted behavior is occurring.
More than ever, assertiveness and self-defence skills are required at kindergarten and reception age as many children are exposed to violence, desensitising and legitimising physical contact as a means of communicating.
Whilst myself and my partner are working through this situation with the school and my daughter, I reflect to think about how important it is for all young kids to learn assertiveness and self defence skills, because we never know when they will be needed.
To many people, exercising in the morning is their preferred choice. The most commonly cited reason is that exercising in the morning get your workout out of the way. Science also backs up morning exercise in some regards, as morning training tends to increase your energy for the rest of the day.
Training in the morning is a lot like breakfast, in that it gets your metabolism going. Simply put, you burn more calories all day long when you exercise in the morning. Studies have also found that morning workouts are preferable if you want a better night’s rest.
It’s been shown that people who work out in the morning are overall more likely to be consistent with their workouts. The real factor to consider is that consistency is key, no matter when you choose to work out.
Studies have also shown that different fitness goals are better achieved at certain parts of the day, and this is where training later in the day comes into play.
Afternoon & Night Exercise
Strength and endurance are both higher in the afternoon, while the likelihood of injuries is decreased. Exercising when body temperature is lowest, (typically later in the day around 4 or 5 pm) results in improved performance and increased power. At this time of day, muscles are more flexible as your body is warmer in comparison to the morning. Your reaction time is likely to be quicker, while heart rate and blood pressure will be lower. Additionally, protein synthesis peaks at this time of day as well.
Based on these facts, intense workouts such as weight training or hard cardio should take place during the late afternoon or evening. Calories consumed throughout the day are perfect fuel for night time training. Studies have found that those who hit the gym after work, are more likely to achieve a higher degree of fitness than early bird exercisers. Additionally, blood samples showed that levels of certain endocrine hormones significantly increased in those exercising at night.
Regardless of whether you exercise in the morning or night, the important thing to remember is that as long as you train consistently and stay nutritionally focused, you’ll achieve your fitness goals in no time.
Bullying is a horrible and terrifying event for teenagers. Whilst adults try their best to mediate aggressive behaviour, sometimes parents and teachers do not recognise that bullying is occurring. Bullying is made up of different shapes and forms, but most commonly occurs when someone is physically, mentally or emotionally picked on repeatedly by an individual, or a group of individuals.
One of the best ways to eliminate bullying is to enrol your son or daughter into martial arts. Martial arts is for everyone – it does not matter if your child is the bully, or if they are getting bullied. Martial arts will instil the knowledge, skill and wisdom of self-defence; whilst developing strong values like respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, comradery and honour.
Respect is one of the foundation building blocks for learning martial arts. Respect is shown to coaches, seniors, peers and juniors. Everyone is greeted with a bow, as all training begins with a bow. We always start and finish with respect.
When teens learn to respect their coaches and fellow training partners, they open themselves to improvement, in turn learning to respect themselves. Respect leads to reflection, which leads to constant self-improvement.
Martial arts creates individual awareness. By building confidence, teens see their shortcomings, become humble and ultimately become better people.
Martial arts teaches skills that enable teens to physically protect themselves, and loved ones. This empowers teens – especially those that have a strong sense of responsibility.
Martial arts builds confidence through skills development, but also creates an understanding regarding responsible use of those skills. By identifying the impact of physical conflict, and how it can positively and negatively affect a person, teens are provided with a clear understanding regarding accountability for their actions.
Martial arts training positively affects many areas of life.
Apart from developing the physical characteristics of teens, martial arts also develops the mind and spirit. While training, teens will be pushing their strength, speed and flexibility to heights they have never imagined. They become stronger, the mind is sharper and their spirit is brighter. These three elements begin to work together, cultivating an enriched spirit and positive energy.
Training together as partners forces teens to socialise and work together, thereby creating comradery. Although a journey towards self-improvement is an individual one, there are other like-minded teens who are also on a journey to improve themselves. This identifies the value of teamwork, as others are assisted to achieve their goals.
By teaching your son or daughter martial arts skills, they will enjoy a better quality of life. They will be happier, as martial arts will put an end to bullying, once and for all.
So, are you convinced that martial arts is a must try for your teenage son or daughter? If so, you may want to find out about our teenage program called Tigers.
As teens mature, they become aware of more opportunities, realising that they now have the ability to make their own choices. Such freedom must be viewed with caution, as poor decision making can have long lasting negative effects, sometimes impacting beyond the teenage years. As a consequence, the way teens spend their time, and who they spend it with, becomes increasingly important.
Electronic devices are common place among teens today. They provide a diversion; distracting teens away from positive activities, often leading teens to engage in activities that are unhealthy or unproductive. Therefore, it is important for teens to engage in activities that are not solely associated with the internet or television, and where healthy benefits are enjoyed.
Besides the obvious fitness benefits, martial arts build’s character in an engaging and encouraging learning environment. This is essential during the teen years, as development into adulthood begins.
Below, we further outline why we think that every teenager should take up martial arts training.
1) Technology distraction
Mobile phones, internet and video games should be use in moderation – and let’s face it, there are better ways to spend time and have fun.
Martial arts provide a distraction from the influence of technology, focusing teens on self-development through the promotion of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The challenges presented in martial arts training, creates a journey of discovery for every teenager that cannot be experienced on the internet.
2) After-school activity
Martial arts provide teens with a positive, supervised and safe place to go after school, where they can hang with friends. Instead of hanging at the shops and (possibly) attracting trouble, martial arts training provides the opposite.
Martial arts develops focus, discipline, humility, and self-confidence. As an outlet to release stress and physical tension, martial arts keeps teenagers grounded and calm.
3) Bullying avoidance
Reports of bullying are becoming widespread, with some teens facing tough circumstances as they work themselves out socially.
Bullying is cruel and harmful. In some cases, bullying can scar a person for life. Therefore, it is extremely important to avoid falling victim to a bully.
Through martial arts, teenagers learn how to defend themselves, in-turn building self-confidence and assertiveness. In learning to be assertive, teens create clear boundaries with peers, regaining control in a non-violent manner.
The development of self-worth and confidence through martial arts training, ensures that an individual won’t fall victim to bullying.
4) Realising full potential
There is no other activity that physically pushes humans like martial arts training does. Further, the martial arts system of grade levels teaches participants to set and achieve goals.
As teens advance grade levels, they naturally want to push themselves to discover what they are capable off, and what they can achieve. Teenagers are generally at the stage in life where they are starting to develop physically, and martial arts training helps engage that physical aspect.
Martial arts training helps with realising the full potential of the human body. It brings out the best in people, fostering an environment that is conducive to developing laser focus and work ethic.
5) Build life long friendships
Martial arts teaches respect for all, and gives teenagers a sense of belonging.
Nowadays, social pressures can make life extremely hard for teens, especially within group settings. Martial arts brings teens closer together, by building social skills and creating communities with long lasting friendships.
The best thing about being part of a martial arts gym is the people, and the friendships with those people. Martial arts cannot be done alone – it’s the individuals that create a community type feel, and we need partners to train. It’s with those partners that friendships develop, as people are bought together to help out each other physically, and mentally. In overcoming obstacles together, a genuine closeness between friends develops that cannot be replaced.
Along the way, your training partners will walk beside you, sharing in your defeats and your triumphs. Martial arts lift’s the spirit, creating a positive outlook on life.
So, are you convinced that martial arts is a must try for your teenage son or daughter? If so, you may want to find out about our teenage program called Tigers.
Muay Thai training will introduce you to professional tips and advice, leading to fast results. This means that you are able to receive the same guidance that is usually only enjoyed by professional athletes.
The coach leading the class will support your progress in a number of ways. Apart from being professionally qualified, Muay Thai coaches have a wealth of specialised knowledge. For example, our coaches work with professional and amateur athletes in areas such as athlete management and promotion, nutrition advice, weight loss/gain, injury support, training preparation and planning, mentoring and exercise psychology.
Muay Thai will help lose weight, gain muscular strength, increase motor skills, improve flexibility and mobility. This will also have a positive effect on other aspects of your health, improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
In addition to the health benefits outlined above, Muay Thai also offers the following:
- Promotion of teamwork
- Socialisation opportunities
- Goal setting and target achievement
- Promotion of self esteem and confidence
- Personal reflection and growth
- Identification of behaviors and values
- Relief of mental health issues and stress
Most people exercise so they look and feel good. But without real goals, an exercise routine can become boring and stagnated, causing a decline in motivation and an absence from training.
Having identified the need for real goal achievement, how do we set goals when most exercise routines don’t have preset targets to be achieved? Generally, an individual will independently declare and set goals to target. Unless you have the luxury of a personal trainer, it is not uncommon for goals to be seen as being beyond reach.
Unless you have real and achievable goals, you may find yourself questioning what you are training for.
Tip 1: Exercise with purpose
To overcome these issues, choose a form of exercise that has a purpose, outcome or result. For example, unlike other forms of exercise, Muay Thai classes will add a sense of purpose to your fitness training, as you will learn valuable new skills that benefit you for life, in addition to your other health and fitness goals.
To provide a sense of purpose our Muay Thai classes are fully graded, with levels and degrees used to distinguish and rank achievement. Guided by a certified syllabus, our classes are structured to guide learning and establish goals, motivating you to achieve your best result.
Tip 2: Exercise at high intensity
If your goal is to look good and feel great, this may involve losing excess body fat, increasing fitness levels, building real strength and toning the body.
The quickest and best way to achieve these results, is to exercise at high intensity. You’ll be surprised at how effective the right kind of exercise is, regardless of your current fitness and health circumstances. For example, activities like Muay Thai will increase fitness levels, whilst burning over 700 calories per class.
Tip 3: Exercise with specialised advice
Group classes are the perfect way to achieve your goals. Having like-minded people working towards the same objective will help push and motivate you to success.
Having an instructor, trainer or coach leading the class will support your progress. In addition, most fitness leaders are professionally qualified and may have specialised knowledge. For example, our coaches work with professional and amateur athletes in areas such as athlete management and promotion, nutrition advice, weight loss/gain, injury support, training preparation and planning, mentoring and exercise psychology.
With many years of coaching at a professional level, our coaches offer professional tips and advice, leading to fast results. This means that you are able to receive the same knowledge and advice, usually enjoyed by professional athletes.