First 2 Months of Muay Thai

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.


\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.