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What goes into Muay Thai Sparring?

When it comes to Muay Thai training, sparring is an essential element. This may be the most important part of your training because it is when you get to put all of your practice and techniques to good use. Most people love the sparring process because it actually allows them to get into the ring with somebody else. It is fun to train, but it does not get much better than sparring.

Through sparring you can decide what is working for you, which techniques need more polishing, and much more. You never really know what type of fighter you are going to be and what will work best until you step into the ring and try out your techniques on a sparring partner.

As a fighter, it is important to use all of the moves you practice when sparring. Remember, this is not a real right. You are more or less practicing with somebody who is trying to help you become a better fighter. For this reason, you should feel comfortable using all of your moves so you can determine where you are excelling and what needs more work when you get back to training.
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Of course, Muay Thai sparring can also help you build confidence. By sparring on a regular basis you will feel much more confident and comfortable with yourself when you finally step into the ring with a true competitor.

Finally, Muay Thai sparring is a controlled activity in which you are not trying to hurt your partner. Instead, you should be using light contact to ensure your sparring partner’s safety. Your goal is to learn more about yourself as a fighter so you can develop your Muay Thai skills in the best way possible.

As one of the most important aspects of Muay Thai training, you should not take sparring lightly.

Anyone been sparring before? How did it go?

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Muay Thai Training

So you guys are looking to train Muay Thai. Maybe it’s at home in your own country or (preferably) in good old Thailand. Whatever your choice is, make sure you stick to it and gain the awesome discipline skills that come along with the training.

Making the trip to Thailand will definitely be a life changer, some for the worse. So pick wisely. There are various places to go in Thailand. You could hang with Saenchai Sor Kingstar himself in Bangkok, maybe want to rub shins with Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya. There are also alternatives such as Phuket, Koh Phangan and Krabi to name a few. Wherever you pick, make sure you do research on it and read past reviews from other practitioners that have been there. They are always online and talking about their Thailand trips.

It’s important that you choose based on what you have heard about the trainer, as they are the ones with the knowledge and experience to turn things around. There won’t be much use if you end up at a camp where a champ resides but he’s too busy off doing his own things and won’t really notice you.

To train in Thailand there is usually a lot of cardio work to do. Sometimes when you arrive to the camp they simply just make you do cardio the whole time. No training. A loose plan would be jogging, skipping, shadow box, punching and knee-ing the bags. It’s also not uncommon that the camp will have a few weights lying around. The idea is to just add a little resistance to your workout/conditioning, not to restrict you or turn you into a beast.
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Usually there is a morning and an afternoon session. Obviously if you plan to stay at the camp you’ll want to make maximum use of these times and get your behind out of bed and when the day is over, just wind down and make sure you don’t wander off to get yourself in a party or something. Some camps are located in busy areas (Pattaya is notorious for this) and there might be a lot of temptation that will draw you away. It’s completely up to you, the paying customer and your discipline to stay and get what you deserve. Champions are made from hard-work and dedication you know.

It takes time, but coordination, balance and power will start to develop once you’ve begun to master what the trainer is telling you. From then on, it’s just grueling workouts where conditioning will start to take over. Stick in there and the rest will follow.

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