When you first start out on your Muay Thai journey, the experience can be somewhat overwhelming.
You have to learn so many techniques at once in order to fight, defend and improve your timing, pushing yourself further than you ever have before.
In this stage of the process, it is easy to make silly mistakes that will hold you back and could even affect your enjoyment of the sport.
Fighter’s Haven can help you to avoid some of the most basic errors.
Not developing your fitness
No one can expect to be completely fit when they begin training, but if you don’t start taking steps to develop your fitness, you can find yourself being left behind.
One of the most important things that you can do to increase your fitness and stamina is jogging and skipping.
Jogging will build stamina and allow you to have at least minimal aerobic fitness.
Skipping not only does this, it can also give you a better sense of timing and allows you to become lighter on your feet.
Not keeping up your guard
When you are training with a group, sparring and learning moves, failing to keep up your guard can be a fatal error.
Your coach will be furious with you, and you will have started to learn bad habits that can let you down when you are fighting for real.
Raising your guard is a key tool in Thai fighting, because you will want to be hitting out rather than letting hits in.
A good guard is your key to a successful fight.
Choosing strength over method
You may have decided to get into the sport by seeing online videos showing powerful men knocking lumps out of each other.
You might believe that the power of your hits is the essential skill of Thai fighting, but you would be wrong.
In fact, a fighter solely focused upon strength and brute force is likely to be easily defeated by a student who has learnt the correct technique and has great form with expert coordination.
Sparring too hard
There is an essential etiquette component to Muay Thai, and this means that you need to respect the person you are sparring with.
When you come to Fighter’s Haven, you are likely to be matched with someone of equal skill.
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