For most people who are not familiar with the Thai combat sport, Muay Thai is commonly perceived to be brutal and dangerous. It is hard to dispute this notoriety when bleeding faces, black eyes and body bruises are not uncommon in competitive bouts. This is also why Muay Thai is recognised by many to be one of the most effective stand-up fighting styles.
The entire arsenal of Muay Thai consists of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet. The Muay Thai fighter is literally a human weapon. In the past, the majority of Muay Thai practitioners were fighters who train with the sole aim of competing in the ring. But owing in part to the increasing popularity of mixed martial arts (UFC, One Championship etc,) over the years, the paradigm has shifted to become more encompassing.
Nowadays, more and more people train Muay Thai for fitness or recreational purposes. Preschoolers, retirees, and working professionals of all genders have infiltrated Muay Thai gyms all over the world and they all seem to be having a great time. But besides the popularity factor and looking like a badass, there are actually many benefits to training Muay Thai. For the majority of people, a great appeal of Muay Thai lie in the effective calorie-burning nature of the workouts. The cardio-intensive training of Muay Thai can burn up to 1000 calories in a single session, making it one of the best ways to get that lean summer body.
In addition, engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise can also help to reduce blood pressure and strengthen the heart. And the best part? Muay Thai training triggers the release of endorphins, which are known to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep! The benefits of training Muay Thai also extends beyond just physical gains. The social aspect as well as the variety in Muay Thai training add on to its appeal as a fun and ideal exercise for everyone. And like many traditional martial arts, Muay Thai cultivates self-discipline, resilience, and also respect and humility.
It strengthens the practitioner’s mind as it does the body. Now, if there is one general reason why people practice Muay Thai, is that they are all training to be the best version of themselves. For more details on the benefits of Muay Thai, check out the full article here.