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Learning Muay Thai is an all round thrilling experience whether you’re a beginner looking to get and stay in shape or a more experienced practitioner in the sport. Regardless of your current level of interest the following tips will help you progressively improve your skills and abilities.

1.Find a Muay Thai gym. There are several different perceptions of Muay Thai and you will most likely find that there are several gyms that might interest you. Always do your homework on their Trainers, their experience and qualifications. Most gyms will give you a free complimentary session, this will help you actively evaluate the gym and the quality of service that they offer.

2.Learn the lingo and history behind Muay Thai. There are extensive materials on the web that provide a through and broad look on Muay Thai. Muay Thai movies and documentaries are also an excellent source of training and cultural material.

3.Nutrition: This element cannot be overemphasized. Dietary nutrition is perhaps the most important element in progressive Muay Thai training. Its not about counting calories, sensible eating habits will ensure your continued strength, stamina and recovery after every training session.

4.Warm up: Again, it’s the simplest, smallest things that make a big difference over time. Make you warm up for at least 20 minutes before going into a heavy training routine. The idea is to build up a sweat and prepare your body for the vigorous exercise to follow. Some great warm up exercises include: Running, Skipping, Shadow boxing.

5.Cool Down: It’s recommended that you spend 15-20 minutes after a training session to cool down. This is to prevent injury and keep your joints supple. Stretching routines great for cooling down.

6.Flexibility: While you don’t need to learn to do the splits to be proficient at Muay Thai, some stretching and flexibly training will come in handy; it serves to improve your agility, balance and technique in the ring and outside it.

7.Conditioning: Run as much as you can but don’t overstrain yourself. When going to the gym, practice light weights but many reps. Resistance training is going to be your best friend when it comes to Muay Thai.

8.Spar often. Sparring can be dangerous and sometimes scary but done correctly under supervision can be one of the single greatest elements to improving your fighting technique, style, timing, combinations and strategy. Sparring develops your own style and once you are profound at it, allows you to adapt to situations both in the ring and outside it. Remember, the goal is not to K.O your opponent, your goal is to learn, improve and master your techniques.

9.Rest: Training in Muay Thai is one of the most physically challenging things that you can do. After training hard it’s equally important to give your body time to heal and renew itself. Give yourself at least 1day off per week. For beginners, one day between training sessions is recommended, initially.

10.Have Fun: This may come last on the list but trust me; it’s the only thing that will get your butt in the gym when you don’t particularly feel like it. Discipline is important for sure but sometimes it’s easy to get self-absorbed and too serious. Learn to lighten-up, relax and enjoy yourself. Training in Muay Thai is a roller-coaster experience you will experience everything from Joy, frustration, impatience, and yes a few bruises. Learn to adjust and to take it all in stride and no matter what, keep moving forward.

Author: Trevor Mimano http://realmuaythai.com/

Source- http://ezinearticles.com/?Learning-Muay-Thai—Ten-Top-Tips&id=1750069

Note that in Tip #6, Trevor Mimano said that you don’t need to learn to do the splits to be proficient at Muay Thai. But, if like me, you find that being able to really stretch your legs out (especially if you’re short like me as well) seems important in learning to kick higher and harder, here is a link that will teach you how to do the splits-


3 Types of Training Essential to Martial Arts

Weight Training

Weight training should be done every other day. For muscles to grow, producing greater strength, they need at least twenty-four hours of rest between workouts. This is advisable whether your goal is to build bulk and strength or definition and endurance. To build bulk and strength, perform low reps with heavy weights. To create definition and endurance perform a high number of reps with low weights. Weight training provides the benefits of increased energy levels, increased muscular flexibility, reduced body fat, and strength. All are advantageous for martial arts practitioners.

Cardio Training

Cardiovascular endurance (or stamina) is enhanced by running, swimming, biking, power-walking, and timed exercises. These exercises are also known as aerobic exercises. Timed exercises include, combination technique sequences on a heavy bag, striking shields, focus mitts, etc. To maintain performance, cardio training requires you maintain a 60 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate for a minimum of twenty minutes. Cardiovascular training provides the benefits of increased energy levels, decreased cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress, reduced body fat, and increased muscular flexibility and strength. All are required for martial arts practitioners.


Flexibility is paramount to martial arts training. Without being flexible, many of the routines performed by martial arts practitioners could result in serious injuries. Muscle, ligament or tendons could be torn without the body being flexible. Training would need to be delayed while the swelling and pain is reduced and the healing process is completed. Stretching is advisable before and after any type of physical exertion. Stretching warms up the muscles and reduces the possibility of injury.

As with all types of beginning physical conditioning, consult with your doctor prior to beginning. Serious injury could result if there is an underlying condition that you are not aware of. Physical fitness is one of the best ways for us to feel and look better. When we look better, our self-confidence is greater. Martial arts require a great deal of self-confidence and good physical condition.



Another important thing that you need to learn that will truly benefit you during your Muay Thai sessions is proper breathing. There are several breathing techniques out there but here is one that I already use:

Nogare Breathing

  • Stand straight up with the feet shoulder width apart, and with the arms hanging relaxed at the sides.
  • Take a deep breath in through the nose and raise the arms up to chest level keeping the hands open.
  • Bring the hands alongside the chest and force air into the abdomen. Set the breath in the lower abdomen for a moment.
  • With the tongue relaxed behind the upper teeth, exhale slowly.
  • Maintain the tongue behind the upper teeth to help to quiet the breathing.
  • Repeat the exercise two more times.



Muay Thai training in the Philippines.

My Idol

I love Bas Rutten!

(with 9 parts)

Videos that motivate me to learn and love Muay Thai more

Human Weapon- Muay Thai Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5



The following video is not of Muay Thai, but of a Martial Art that I’m proud to show as well because it’s native to my country, The Philippines.

Human Weapon- Eskrima Part 1


For the other 4 parts, scroll through “Related Videos” on the right side of the screen.

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