What Are The Steps To Master Muay Thai?
To truly become a master of something like Muay Thai, or anything really… martial arts or otherwise. Can be easy, as long as you know the proper steps to getting there.
And what are the keys to making improvements the right way and in the fastest amount of time?
Just think about improvement in terms of steps. What are the steps to learning? What steps do the great martial artists take that make them so great?
It’s pretty much 4 basic steps, or building blocks to mastering Thai boxing. It’s so simple yet much of the time it’s missed.
Here are the 4 basic steps are:
- Learning the Right Technique
- Drilling the Muay Thai Technique
- Situation Drilling of That Technique
- Trying the Technique in a Live Situation
If you followed the sequence above you’ll be making lightning fast improvements to your overall Muay Thai boxing training.
The 4 Steps to Mastering Thai Boxing
1. Learning the right technique.
First you’ve got to learn the proper Muay Thai technique for whatever situation your working on.
Maybe your working on learning the proper fundamental mechanics to the round kick, or how to catch a push kick. Perhaps you’re having trouble dealing with your opponents jab punches and need to learn how to counter it.
Whichever Muay Thai moves your learning you need to be sure it’s the right one. Hopeful you’re taking Muay Thai classes from a good instructor. That way you know you’re learning the best techniques the right way. Remember that all the steps are going to be pointless if the technique you’re learning is wrong.
2. Drilling the Muay Thai Technique
We now know the correct way to do the technique. Once you learn something new you’ve got to drill it, over and over again, until it becomes a reflex and you don’t have to think about it.
You can drill the techniques in class or outside of class. I recommend both. When your not in your Muay Thai classes schedule a time when your free and can drill these moves. It doesn’t have to be hours at a time, maybe 15-20 minutes tops.
You can even shoot for a certain number of times your going to do the move. Say… 200 reps of whatever the technique is.
This will help a ton and will get you dramatic results in your Muay Thai training really fast!
3. Situation Drilling of That Technique
What’s situational drilling? It’s something you’d use in sparring or on the Thai pads, but with a goal in mind. That goal most of the time is to test out something new or work on trouble areas of your kickboxing game.
Pretty much you get put in an exact scenario where you have to use your newly learned technique with a set time limit to attack or until you execute the martial arts technique properly.
Example: You learn how to catch the right round kick to the body. You then drill it like crazy and now with the situation drilling, you start working with a training partner in situations where you would execute that particular technique.
You get 3 minutes to defend the right round kick — only by catching. That forces you to use and perfect catching the Muay Thai kick only. We call those situation drills.
We use them a lot here at my Muay Thai school. You’d be wise to do the same.
4. Trying the Technique in a Live Situation
What does live mean? What’s a live situation? We call it controlled sparring.
That’s the safest way to test out new techniques. Sparring in a controlled environment is the best choice for not only testing techniques, but for you and your partners safety as well.
This will give you a chance to test your technique out in the real world, or as close to the real world as you can get.
Notice I said “controlled” sparring. Not murder death kill type training. That’s never a good idea when your first learning to master a new technique.
Controlled sparring under the supervision of a knowledgeable instructor should be on the menu too
When you first try out a newly learned technique in sparring don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work. Most techniques fail the first time you try ‘em. That’s just the way learning goes, no worries so make sure to keep on trying it.
After a while if you still don’t have success with a certain technique then it’s time to toss it. Maybe it just wasn’t a good fit for you. That doesn’t mean the technique doesn’t work, it just didn’t work for your abilities, body type, speed or any other reason.
Try it Out
Stick to everything outlined above and you’ll quickly make dramatic improvements in your training. Just be sure to NOT CUT OUT any of the steps outlined above.
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–Kru Jose’ Villarisco–
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