How do you become a Muay Thai competitor? The path to become one may seem like a far reach. In this article, we’ll cover a few tips.
1. Learn the Basics
Building a strong foundation is ultimately the best thing to do to become a Muay Thai competitor. Athletes may get by initially with natural fight capabilities, but as experience rises, so too does the caliber of fighter. The highest levels of competition showcases some of the sharpest basics you’ll ever see. So, that means be diligent in getting strong at the basics.
2. Practice Good Nutrition and Recovery Habits
This is essential! Training smart goes a long way. This includes eating right and getting proper recovery time. Often times aspiring athletes will only concentrate on fighting, they forget about how to take care of the machine aka their body.
Nutrition can span across types of foods, vitamins and supplements. Make sure to explore the Nutrition and Diet category of our blog to learn a little more on the subject. We even have a few 28 Day Healthy Meal Plans for our subscribers and enrolled students that are downloadable.
The intent is to develop your fight game. Classwork is great for breaking down the techniques and situations, but nothing can substitute live application. Impact is proud to have built an environment that allows this kind of growth with skilled instructors. Get as many sparring opportunities as you can.
Avoid using luck or chance as a form of practice. Use the situational sparring covered in class as your guides for full sparring.
Lastly, remember to keep your ego in check as you train as it will allow your fight game to evolve at its maximum rate.
4. Join Fight Camp
There is a difference between practicing in class versus training in fight camp. What’s the difference? It’s specifically geared for competition. When a fight camp cycle begins, join it. It is the best opportunity to focus on becoming a Muay Thai competitor. It will include fight strategies that are specific to the venues that may be approaching.
This is also one of the best ways to train with the rules of the sport. Although fight strategies are covered in class, fight camp is where it is specifically practiced.
5. Compete in Semi Contact Events Before Full Contact Events
Semi contact events is the best place to start competing in Muay Thai as it focuses on point sparring. There are debates on whether to start in semi contact or go straight into full contact, but that depends on the culture of the environment. From a growth perspective, Impact takes on the provides steps to increase difficulty and challenge. Students can approach appropriate to their capabilities.
Look at semi contact events as incubators and litmus tests to see how your fight game is progressing. It’s not a professional bout so amateur records can remain as such; amateur records.
It’s important to be oriented towards improvement when coming back home from semi contact events. Study your matches. See what worked. See what needs to be worked on. Then get into sharpening mode.
6. Train Deliberately
In the previous point, we found that its important to know what needs to be worked on. Ask your fight coach questions on how to improve in your areas of interest. Remember to be open to the discussion as they can unlock some very potent areas of study.
Be mindful and conscious of what is improving. Avoid the auto pilot mode of previous classwork from taking over. Over ride it and be deliberate. Give your training purpose.
7. Rinse and Repeat
After repeating this process a number of times, your sense of improvement will become palpable. The focus gets clearer and the goals become more specific the more you do it. Keep at it!
Oh, did you know you can climb rankings and class of fighters?
- Class C: 0-3 Fights
- Class B: 4-12 Fights
- Class A: 13+
- Class Open: Only used in tournaments and is open to anyone.
Once you get here, then you may meet your new goals. For now, we’ll save these thoughts for the next article.