Whether you’re a beginner or experienced competitor, if you love Muay Thai you have undoubtedly considered training in Thailand. The sport is recognized as one of the most brutal combat sports and requires extensive training to strengthen both the body and mind.
Muay Thai is an integral part of Thai culture. The sport evolved from a traditional form of fighting known as Muay Boran, where Thai warriors used their bodies as weapons. More recently, the sport has integrated formal rules and guidelines, allowing it to become recognized internationally. Not only is Muay Thai the national sport of Thailand, it has become so ingrained within Thai culture, that many fighters eat, sleep, and breathe the sport.
Here are 4 reasons you should consider furthering your training in Thailand:
Perhaps the most fundamental reason to consider training in Thailand is the training itself. There are Thai gyms everywhere in Thailand, from remote locations to densely populated urban centres. These camps cater to different skill levels and offer training to both locals and foreigners. Do your research ahead of time before making any commitments. Although each gym has their own benefits, they all have one thing in common: a strict training regime.
The training will be one of the most vigorous, challenging, and intense training periods of your life, but will be extremely rewarding. You can expect to train twice a day, six days a week. It will challenge your strength and endurance. You will run, skip, shadow box, do heavy-bag work, pad work, clinch, spar and more. The training will be exhausting and painful, but if you dedicate yourself you will see tremendous results in a very short period.
You will be taught by some of the best trainers and fighters in the world. This includes native and international champions. Not only will you be trained by the best, but you will train alongside other fighters from around the world. These fighters will not only be great training partners but will almost certainly become lifelong friends.
Thailand has a very rich culture to explore. While visiting, you will explore authentic Thai food and meet various Thai people who are considered to be very welcoming and warm. Most natives are familiar with western culture and are proficient in the English language. However, it is valuable to learn some Thai language and customs before visiting.
While training, you will be exposed to the customs and traditions associated with Thai Boxing. One of the most important customs is the wai khru ram muay, a traditional war dance performed before a fight to pay respect to your teacher. You will learn that Muay Thai is more than just fighting, it’s about self-discipline and respect. Although training at home offers some exposure to the cultural aspect of Muay Thai, it is nothing compared to training in this ancient sport’s birthplace.
Thailand is an amazing place to travel. Use your training as an opportunity to visit all the different places Thailand has to offer. You may have time before and after your training and on days off to visit the major tourist areas, such as Bangkok, or some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and mountainsides.
Visiting Thailand is very economical if planned correctly. The flight can be costly, but once you arrive the food, accommodations, and even the training is reasonably priced. Many camps will offer bundle deals that include the training and accommodations. The training itself will vary in price as well. Factors to consider will be the specific camp and the length of your stay. Overall if you consider the quality of training and the time spent training, you will find that training in Thailand is well worth the price.
Overall, training in Thailand will improve your self-discipline and help you become stronger both physically and mentally. Not only will you be exposed to a new culture, you will be able to do so at an affordable price. When you return home, you will be proud of your training and accomplishments and undoubtedly your experience will have made you a better fighter.