In September last year, Ross, Grace and I started up a family class in Karate every Friday evening. We belong to the Doryoku Tyu Karate Club and our class is run by Sensei Kieran in one of the local halls. Over the Christmas period things became a little hectic so we put the classes on hold and now we are back with a vengeance and we love it! I will share with you a little more about what our karate sessions involve in another post.
What I am really impressed with when it comes to martial arts is the amount of fitness, discipline and concentration that it equips you with. Whenever I go to my karate lessons I find that I really focus. We have a moment of meditation right at the beginning and the aim of karate, like any martial art, is not to ‘beat someone up’ but to defend yourself and outsmart the other person.
Muay Thai is one of the latest trends to enter the fitness world. However, even though it may sound like another fad, it has been around for centuries and used by thousands of people but, despite the fact that interest in this sport has heightened, it can be very difficult to find the classes.
So, what can Muay Thai training do for our health?
First of all, we all know that cardio exercises are good for your heart and for those who are looking to lose weight. This sport is definitely a form of this exercise. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ – this is because of it’s combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins. It is a great complete body workout and the effects can be equally felt by both men and women. You will also gain better eye-hand coordination. This might not seem important but the coordination helps to determine your reflexes and reaction times which will help in all areas of your life.
In 2006, Muay Thai was included under the SportAccord umbrella but, one of the requirements to be included in the organisation was that no sport’s name can include the name of a country. Therefore, an amendment was made in the to change the name of the sport from ‘Muay Thai’ to ‘Muaythai’ – written in one word in order accordance with Olympic requirements.
Then, in 2014 Muay Thai was included in the International World Games Association (IWGA) and will be represented in the official programme of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
In recognition of the sport, Muay Thai was then granted the Patronage of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in January 2015 so in March 2015 the first University World Muaythai Cup was held in Bangkok.
The clothing which is worn is bright and eye-catching and different designs have become popular globally. Infightstyle Inc is one such company from Canada which has contributed to the styling that competitors wear across the world. It is expected to become more and more mainstream as this sport becomes more popular – it bit like surfwear did in the late 90s.
The issue you face is trying to find a class near you and whether they teach the proper method. If you are wanting to learn and train in full, the best way to find out would be to visit an authentic Muaythai camp in Thailand, such as Suwit Muay Thai training camp based in Phuket. Alternatively, you can find a class near you by searching online and finding your local martial arts centre.
I have to admit that Muay Thai sounds a little extreme for me but I do highly recommend martial arts as a form of exercise. Not only does it keep you fit but it also helps with discipline, eye and hand coordination, strengthens your reflexes and acts a form of self-defence. I don’t know any other exercise that gives you that!
This is a collaborative post.