What to Expect in Your First Beginner Muay Thai Lesson

by | Nov 2, 2020

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If you’re raw and untrained, your first lesson at TotalFighter fit will cover the foundation to your beginner Muay Thai game. You will learn stance, basic footwork, straight arm punches (the jab and cross) and basic defensive moves. 

Greet, Covid Measures, Wrap Hands and Explain First Lesson

After the orientation formalities and explaining simple hygiene rules such as no-shoes-on-the-training-mats, I’ll take your temperature and sanitise your hands (COVID precautions) prior to wrapping your hands and wrists as we discuss your training needs and the upcoming lesson. You’ll feel safe and welcome. 

Learn Sequentially

Learning is sequential. One step at a time. Baby steps. To avoid developing any beginner bad habits such as a high chin, low hands, dropping the non-punching hand as you strike, hips not square on and fists clenched tightly in the stance etc the pace is purposely slow with attention to detail. Muay Thai is a fast movement sport but when putting on the gloves for the first time, the pace needs to be tempered as we focus on the right way to stand, move, punch and defend. Good habits are imperative. The entrenchment of these good habits can take a little effort and persistence but it’s important to start correctly and build confidence. Slow and steady and sure. After all, the tortoise defeated the hare.  

Bad habits can be hard to correct and change. Doing it right from the start will allow your beginner Muay Thai skillset to evolve as time passes and improvement will happen through repetition and intelligent development of technique. Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. 

Learning Proper Technique vs Cardio Muay Thai 

Unless you’re specific needs are to work your fitness from the get go, the priority in the early stages of your training is technique. Pure and simple. Cardio enhancement will happen but not right away. Proper execution will best equip you for self-defence and reduce the chance of injury from punching incorrectly. Learning the skills, the right way to step and punch and defend and so on also makes for far more interesting and interactive training sessions. Rather than throwing punches wildly and randomly with little thought to correctness — we will engage your mind and work your body as you execute with precision, poise and timing. Making minor adjustments along the way to eradicate technique flaws. Once your foundation is in order, we’ll ramp it up and press the cardio accelerator. Technique and fitness is the goal. 

Boxing vs Muay Thai

Boxing and Muay Thai have similarities and differences which are explained in the first lesson. In the early stages, the teachings for both disciplines are quite similar with the exception of the stance. The mechanics of basic footwork and how to punch correctly etc are dually applicable. 

Conclusion 

Your beginner Muay Thai lesson is about making you feel comfortable and getting it right from the outset. Building your confidence and easing your nerves. Slow is the operative word as introduce the super important basics in a sequential format aimed at maximising the learning process. 

Train smart. Train hard.

Yours in Muay Thai,  

Dane