It’s that time of the year to be giving, and what better gift could you give than the gift of Muay Thai? As Santa Saenchai says, "Owee! Owee! Owee!"
Whether you’re someone who’s trying to get a gift for a Muay Thai lover or you’re trying to get someone started in Muay Thai, we’ve got you covered on what you need to get.
The most important gift any Muay Thai lover and Muay Thai beginner needs is a quality set of boxing gloves - firm, tight and strong.
Your hands are your most important tools and the most likely to get injured if you don’t have a good pair of gloves. That’s why gloves should be the top priority gift.
Remember: even if your giftee has gloves, gloves wear down over time and they will need a replacement.
Speaking of keeping your body healthy, you need a power massager.
Everyone wants a nice massage, but (a) they're expensive and (b) nobody wants a stranger touching their body during a pandemic.
This is the next best thing. A power massager is just as good as any massage, and you can use it in the comfort of your home, at your leisure.
Sean put together a video earlier this year that featured the Hydragun, which he raved about! Here's where you can watch the whole video and here's where you can skip right to the bit about the Hydragun.
3| SHIN GUARDS
If boxing gloves are number one, then the second most important bit of protective gear is the shin guard.
Your shins are going to be taking beatings with Muay Thai, and there may be times where you want to train but still need to give your shins time to recover. This is where the shin guard comes in.
The saying “protect yourself at all times” applies to training as well.
This is a ridiculously cool book. If you love discovering new Muay Thai fighters and legends you've never heard of before, you must get your hands on this one:
It is the best record you can ever hope for of legends past and often forgotten. The greatest period of Muay Thai in history - the "Golden Era" and its many heroes. What a treat this is to read!
Note, though, that most of the book is written in Thai. Luckily, there are little summaries for each Muay Thai fighter written in English. It notes their titles, nicknames, best weapons, and much more.
A classic gift for the Muay Thai fanatic.
5| MUAY THAI CUP
Gents, let's be straight: protecting your hands and shins isn't nearly as important as protecting another exceptionally vulnerable area.
A good cup saves not only your life, but the lives of your future children and grandchildren! Plus, it's kinda necessary if you don't want to see a single groin kick end a fight.
And ladies need one, too! Don't believe me? Try getting hoofed in your junk by a thunderous kick and tell me it's "only a guy problem."
For the gift-giver, this qualifies both as a necessary item and a funny gift that'll have the whole room giggling behind their hands. Perfection!
6| MUAY THAI... CUP
Speaking of Muay Thai cups, Muay Thai cups!
Who doesn’t like to sip on a tasty beverage, and who doesn’t like sipping on a tasty beverage in a sweet ass cup?
Just make sure you pick the right cup, OK? Not everyone needs to invite anyone within reading proximity to a fist fight:
7| TONY JAA'S 'THE PROTECTOR'
Tony Jaa is one of the greatest action movie stars ever, and he demonstrates on film the beauty that is Muay Thai. He's been recognized as one of the greatest advocates for the sport given his fame and wide appeal.
One of his wildest films ever is called The Protector. It's not so popular that your Muay Thai giftee is guarantee to have seen it, but it's also just insane enough that it'll get them psyched for their next session on the mats. It's a guaranteed winner of a gift.
If you’re not familiar with Tony Jaa, think of him as a brutal version of Jackie Chan.
8| 'LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARRY GREB'
This man is not a nak muay, but he is quite possibly the greatest boxer of all time. His name is Harry Greb, and you need to read his biography.
Surely you've heard of Jack Dempsey? Well, Greb is the man Jack Dempsey was afraid to fight.
Greb had almost 300 fights to his name, fought 45 times in a single year (and won all 45 fights), and even fought 100+ fights when he was blind in one eye. This story is going to blow your mind.
9| MUAY THAI GLOVES
Knowledge is power, but what about knowledge on power?
Speaking of Jack Dempsey, if you want to get your punching power to the next level, this is your book. Jack Dempsey teaches you how to generate power.
10| MUAY THAI!!!
The best possible gift you can give is the experience of pure Muay Thai, day in and day out. Why not go big and give a Muay Thai vacation as your gift?
...OK, this is obviously not the most fair option as it's difficult to travel anywhere at the time of this writing.
BUT! When these vacations are available again, your giftee isn't going to want to miss out on training Muay Thai with professional fighters in some of the most exotic locations imaginable.
There’s nothing better than training Muay Thai day in and day out with a group of people who love it just as much as you do. Your giftee deserves that opportunity.
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