Muay Thai is a striking art that utilizes attacks from the fists, elbows, knees, and feet. Strikes can be thrown from long, mid, or close range. There is also an element of grappling in muay thai referred to as the clinch. Very different from the grappling techniques used in Brazilian jiu jitsu, clinch maneuvers are used to set up knee and elbow strikes or to throw your opponent to the ground. Since the sport requires that practitioners possess a large number of athletic qualities, the benefits that accompany learning Muay Thai are numerous.
Below are what I believe to be some of the top benefits from practicing muay Thai.
1. Increased Cardiovascular Conditioning
2. Leg Strength
3. Core Strength
4. Increased Hip Mobility
5. Stress Relief
To sum it all up, muay Thai can benefit just about anyone. Just make sure you adapt the workout to your level of fitness when you're starting out. There is absolutely no shame in taking a break or modifying a drill to make it fit for you. Also remember when practicing any sport there is always a risk of injury. Make sure to consult your healthcare professional when beginning any new type of physical endeavor and let your coach know of any injury or physical condition that you may have prior to practice. For those of you choosing to explore the art of muay Thai, I wish you all the best in your training.
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