When you start practicing a martial art like Muay Thai, you must bring some personality changes to your lifestyle. You can’t be the regular one as you are in your normal lifestyle. A Martial art, especially Muay Thai requires a certain discipline and patience. When you are training in Thailand, in one of their authentic and respected Muay Thai camp, you’re not the one alone, a lot of eyes are stuck to you. You are one of the representative of that camp, you are somebody to whom the respect of that camp is relied upon. You must give your heart and soul to protect the respect of your instructor and camp. Whether you win or lose, that doesn’t matters, what matters is that you fight from your heart and even after losing the fight, earning the respect of spectators and opponents.
To master the art or Muay Thai, you’ll need to bring the following changes to your lifestyle.
If you are learning Muay Thai expecting that you’ll become an overnight star champion, than just forget it. To master the art of Muay Thai you’ll need lots of patience. There will be times when you’ll fall, but you’ll need to get up. It takes time, once you learn to keep patience, everything will start to fall on place.
While training at camp, you’re a fighter. You can’t behave like a kid, young fellow etc. You should have a discipline of a fighter. A little bit fun is okay, but don’t make a habit of doing it every time.
A famous old phrase says that “A healthy body is made in kitchen, not in gym” which means that to get a healthy body, you should need to opt for a healthy diet, only working out is not enough.
There will be times of failure and success, maybe failure will be more frequent than success. In any situation, you should have full confidence on yourself, even if you lose, think that you’ll win next time instead of mourning on defeat. Self-Confidence is a very important ingredient.
Muay Thai not only about fighting, you must give respect to this ancient martial art and Thai culture. You must take interest in Muay Thai history, how it originated, Thai culture etc. Respect the culture, the art form, your camp, your instructor and everybody at campo. Learn from them, don’t just take Muay Thai as a fight.