Muay Thai, in its most basic sense, is a fighting tool. It’s dangerous and it’s deadly. Though, you could argue that it depends on how you define the word “fighting” as to how negative martial arts such as Muay Thai can be.
Then again, as negative as many people may think of such combat sports, fewer fighters actually get into fighters in general. In fact, they’re much more respectful, generous, more composed, and are generally, much better individuals compared to others.
Unfortunately, not many people see this and often shun combat sports such as Muay Thai as a tool for violence and not something that one can use in a positive way.
If you’re a man and you’ve found yourself curious about whether or not you should take up Muay Thai, be sure to read on below to know more about why you should.
- It helps you with stress. The chaos of your life, especially at work, is bound to take its toll on your personal life. Before that happens, try to find an outlet and what better outlet could there be than Muay Thai. Physically, you exert effort in your training and relieve yourself of stress. Mentally, you’re also taught by your instructors and/or coaches to have control of your emotions, especially in stressful situations. This can benefit you, not just in training, but also in real life and help you develop a calmer presence to deal with your life’s daily problems.
- It provides a huge boost in confidence. With Muay Thai, you’re taught that size rarely matters. That what matters is how well you tackle the largest adversities. In the gym, you’re taught techniques for you to develop to handle such problems. In real life, you gain a sense of confidence in that you know that you’re capable of handling anything that life decides to throw at you.
- You learn how to respect others. Martial arts, not just Muay Thai, emphasize a sense of self-worth, as well as appreciation for others. You’re taught to show respect and appreciation before the match and after it ends, regardless of whether you win or lose.
- It’s a whole body workout. Muay Thai is a total body sport. You grapple, you use your feet, elbows, hands, shin, and basically, every part of your body. Should you decide to cross train to minimize your weaknesses, then it’s even better as your “mixed” style will eventually make for an even better workout.
- You gain a positive outlook in life. In any combat sport, you’re taught that a loss isn’t always a loss. That, even if you lose a fight, as long as you gain something out of it, then you’re not as much of a loser as you think you are. If you apply the same thinking in life, you’re bound to realize that there’s always a silver lining in your shortcomings, problems, etc.
As a man, you need to learn how to protect yourself and of course, other people. But, that’s already a given when you try to train in Muay Thai.
What you’ve now learned is that Muay Thai is much more than a combat sport for self-defense and that it’s something that you learn to teach you more about life itself.