I was reading a while back about a fellow poster here on this site, Austin Martin and his first two months of BJJ, which was quite the read and I recommend. Coupled with words of advice from others in the comment section gave me a bit of a push to do the same for myself. I went in a day or two later for a free introductory class and low and behold here I am two months later since I took up Muay Thai and I love it.
I always did admire Shogun, Wanderlei and Anderson Silva, and that would probably be half the reason I was interested into Muay Thai to begin with. Although I do have a secret passion for BJJ aswell which I might attempt in a few months.
Anyways, going in I was extremely nervous, I think I even circled the block a few times. I had never taken part of a martial art before and had never stepped foot in a gym. All went well, I talked to the receptionist, who by the way is a North American Muay Thai champion and competitor which I did not know at the time. He showed my the changing room, the facilities than of course the waivers to sign.
And away I went, we started with cardio, skipping rope for three rounds where I hit my toes about 40 times while skipping for the first time in 6 years. I accidently hit a woman in the face doing a drill were you try to tag your opponents knee or shoulder, sort of like a collegiate wrestling stand off and who over gets tagged does push ups, I did push ups till my shoulders felt like jello by the way.
Next came pad work, my kicks were horrible, I didnt even make it to two or three on a 5 up 5 down pyramid of kicks. My punches werent bad compared to the fellers off Bum Fights, so those needed work. And fortunetly for me we had a bit more cardio and strength training to round out the class after pad work, while muay thai pull ups, push ups, sit ups with a crunch, medicine ball sit ups and touch your toes. It was a rough first day, but as soon as class was over and I made my way to the water fountain, I proceeded back to the front desk. I handed in my bank roll deposit form for payments and signed up for 6 months.
Two months later, I feel amazing. The balls of my feet are callous now, my shins and thighs dont hurt anymore, except when I forget to check a kick on the leg pads cause man oh man some of those guys can kick hard. My punches are coming a little more fluid and less of a static telegraphed motion. I know I've barely touched the tip of an iceberg, but its an awesome improvement to myself. I started to do double classes of two hours after work but I always try to be at the gym between 3-4 days a week on average, sometimes 5 days if my schedule allows me.
I seriously do owe it to the post I linked up above. If I didn't read his story and realize how much more of a hard time he had to push himself to do it, I probably wouldn't have bothered and just kept admiring and wondering how Shogun, Anderson Silva, Dos Santos, and Overeem did the technical things they do. Also, the trainers because I think they make most of the experience and the receptionist (which are just trainers who switch out each day), as I said above is about the most hands on trainer I think I could ask for. Everything is practical and instead of just trying to ram combo's down your throat its all laid out in a way that you can follow. I also wont lie, I turned into a 14 year old girl when I walked past TJ Grant in the locker room.
Thanks for reading my Fan Post, and I hope I didn't bore you to death.