By Sean Fagan
Imagine this - you walk into a Muay Thai gym for the first time, and every pair of eyes in the room is on you. You feel nervous, intimidated, and slightly out of place. You start wondering if training Muay Thai as a girl is even worth it. Does it provide the same benefits as it does for men? Are there any drawbacks you should be aware of? You're not alone in these thoughts, and that's why we've put together this blog post to help you better understand the benefits and drawbacks of training Muay Thai as a female.
Improved self-esteem: Training in Muay Thai can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. As a female, it's natural to feel vulnerable in certain situations. Training Muay Thai teaches you to be more assertive and confident in yourself, both inside and outside of the gym.
Self-defense skills: Muay Thai is a martial art that focuses on using punches, kicks, elbows, and knees as self-defense techniques. As a female, having these skills can...
No fighter, nak muay or otherwise stands alone against his or her opponent. An army waits at the ready behind them.
It takes a team of coaches, trainers, and (especially) training partners to successfully prepare for a fight.
My coach often repeats this idea before training sessions: “The most important person in this gym today is not you, it’s your partner.”
“Always take care of your partner.”
Let’s take a look at 7 ways to be a great Muay Thai training partner:
Train, don’t coach
At my last gym, there was this guy with whom I avoided sparring at all costs. He would interrupt and stop me after every single strike, trying to educate me on what I could do to improve.
In a three-minute round, I would end up spending 0:30 sparring and 2:30 trying to get him to shut up and work.
You and your partners are in the gym to learn from professionals. You don’t need to...