Martial Arts & Fitness

The Best Way To Train Muay Thai (And Why You Should Do It)

I’ve been coaching and training for most of my career in martial arts, it’s something that almost everyone does, with or without thinking about it. From giving input on your training partners technique to helping the beginners get up-to-speed. The most common thing that people have asked me is…

“What’s the best way to improve my Muay Thai technique?”

Now, besides going to Thailand to train Muay Thai (By all means, do it if you can!), there is an often over-looked part of training that many write-off. I find it funny that people seem to write-off my response, considering that they are genuinely interested in training and improving. The best way to train Muay Thai is no real secret, as it’s something that is a big part of training in Thailand, and it’s something they’ve been doing for a long time.



The Best Way To Train Muay Thai

The best way to improve your Muay Thai technique is private training. Seriously, it’s that simple. Private time with your instructor is VITAL to your improvement as a martial artist. So much so, that it’s routine for Muay Thai training in Thailand. In a group setting, you can only get so much 1-on-1 time with your instructor before they have to tend to other students. One of the reasons being that it’s easy for you to get 1-on-1 time in Thailand is also the financial aspect of a “third world country”, labor is cheap. While being a pad man or trainer in Thailand isn’t an easy job, it’s very hard and taxing on the body. Which leads me to my next point…



The Cost: Being A Trainer Is Hard On Your Body

A trainer could hold pads for 1 person every day, and that would be “ok” in theory, but the reality is that your trainer is probably holding pads for multiple people for days on end. Taking the impact, missed targets, being kicked, punched, kneed, thrown around and just going through the technique with you and perhaps taking a physical beating themselves. This is very taxing on your trainer’s body and it comes at a cost to your trainers well-being. I’ve developed Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) myself from training others and had to invest in a good rehab massage therapist to keep me in working order. Not to mention the various cuts, bruises, and various other injuries I’ve sustained. I’m not complaining, I love what I do, but it is my body. I have a very high level of respect for the trainers who have 10+ fighters in their gym and pad every single one of them, I can only imagine the kind of punishment they endure, all for the sake of improving their fighters and students.

Why You Should Do It

Private training is hands down the best investment that I’ve made on my path in martial arts & fitness. You will see a very different level of your instructors abilities in a 1-on-1 setting. If they are awesome in a group setting, their private classes might be even better. Not to mention the necessity for fighters, but it also helps to re-enforce what is learn in group lessons. Nothing beats personal, 100% focus on YOU, and that is exactly what you get when you choose to do private lessons with your trainer. There is always a time when we need that extra push in our lives, and a good trainer will know how to push you, using a personalized training curriculum that is structured towards your needs.

Me with Kru Dan Mayid after a hard private session

Me with Kru Dan Mayid after a hard private lesson

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One Response to The Best Way To Train Muay Thai (And Why You Should Do It)

  1. […] After floating around and continuing my competition training, I soon found myself at Gracie Morumbi in Ventura, California. It is a funny story how I ended up at that gym (the martial arts world is VERY SMALL) but I was running the Muay Thai program there from November 2012 to May 2014. I left Gracie Morumbi to pursue an opportunity to work for myself and to be able to train more, meanwhile I was also given an opportunity to have my own private gym, in which I focus extensively on small group classes and private instruction catered towards everyone who wishes to seek the true benefits of Muay Thai & Kickboxing training. […]

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