How does it work?
A Muay Thai session will give you a rigorous workout so it’s important to warm up thoroughly. A class typically begins with activities such as shadow boxing or rope skipping to prepare the body for the session and help prevent injury – you don’t want to damage those muscles, now, do you?
You will then be paired with a partner to practise the basic techniques of Muay Thai. This involves learning to perform various kicks, punches and grips. Your instructor will focus on helping you to work on your power, timing and speed, turning you into a formidable opponent.
At the end of the class there will be a cool down session to help you relax your body after all your hard work.
Your instructor will let you know what you should wear to a class. You’ll probably be advised to wear long shorts, a t-shirt and hand wraps. Sparring is usually reserved for those of an advanced level – if you reach this stage you will be encouraged to wear a mouthguard, headgear and shin pads for your protection. It may not be a good look, but better safe than sorry…
Is it for me?
Muay Thai can be practised by men, women and children. However as it is a contact sport known for its intensity it is not suitable for pregnant women or those with injuries – probably best to try something a little bit gentler if you don’t want to be knocked around.
Good to know
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and is often referred to as the ‘science of eight limbs’. This refers to the use of the hands, elbows, feet and knees during combat.
Before an authentic Thai fight a Buddhist ritual is often performed to seal off the ring from outside influences.