Muay Thai is also called "the science of eight limbs" or "the art of eight limbs". This is because in this martial art, participants use kicks, punches, knee strikes and elbow strikes. Hence using eight points of contact as compared to 2 points of contact in boxing where only fists are used or in other combat sports, there are four points of contact; feet and hands.
Following are some tips that can help beginners excel in Muay Thai fitness classes:
1. Get Good Quality Gloves
Your choice of gloves should be based on material quality. It is not necessary that good gloves are very expensive, you can easily get these within a budget. Just make sure the gloves you get are comfortable to wear and fit you properly. Gloves should not be too loose or too tight.
2. Use Hand Wraps
Beginners should always use hand wraps when practising Muay Thai. This is because tendons and bones of the hands are soft and can easily be damaged. It takes time to condition them and if you get any injury, it takes a lot of time to heal. So, it is better to wear hand wraps and keep your hands safe.
3. Private Training
Initially, it is preferable to take a few private training sessions. In these sessions, a trainer can teach you the correct techniques. If you are going to a group class, you will not receive the same amount of attention from the instructor. Even two or three private sessions can help you catch up with a group.
Additionally, make sure that you drink a lot of water so you do not get dehydrated during training.