There are many Muay Thai gyms and camps across Thailand, you can easily go and join them without any hassles but what about the Gyms abroad? There are many new gyms opening in countries like USA and others, are they good for you? How to know that? Here are some things which you must check before choosing the right Muay Thai gym.
The Muay Thai gym or camp running nearby you or at any place in your country must be certified by appropriate authority, the Instructors teaching Muay Thai must be certified by TBA (Thai Boxing Association USA) or any other equivalent authority. You must make sure that the instructors teaching Muay Thai are certified to teach Muay Thai. Some people learn Muay Thai from Thailand for a month or two and then open their own camp or gym and pretend to be experienced teachers. You won’t want to learn from them right? So make sure the camp and instructors are certified.
The Instructors teaching you must be experienced and not some random guy who learnt Muay Thai watching Instructional videos. If you want to build a good Muay Thai foundation then you must opt for someone who has spent years in this business of teaching Muay Thai.
Many small camps call themselves Muay Thai camps but teach other martial arts like Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo etc. Before joining any gym or camp, you must make sure that the gym you are looking teaches authentic Muay Thai or Thai Boxing and not any other self defense sport.
How good is the Gym Facility? Is it big enough for Muay Thai? Does it have all required equipment’s and stuff? Does the gym has a Boxing ring? Weights and other fitness equipment’s? Do they have safe lockers where you can store your clothes or other stuff while training? Also does your gym has showers where you can freshen up after training session? These questions must be answered before choosing the right gym.
How far is the camp or gym from your house? How much time does it take to reach the gym facility? Will you be able to cover that distance regularly? These are also important things which you must consider before choosing a gym. You must never choose a guy in hurry, if the gym is very far then you may skip a few classes or reach late. So think before you make your decision.
Variety of Courses Offered
How many courses or lessons your gym offers? Are they limited to Muay Thai only or also train for Boxing, Jiu Jitsu etc. Many good gyms offers lessons in Boxing as well as Muay Thai. Boxing really helps build strong Muay Thai foundation, so check before enrolling.
What Previous Students Say?
Before joining any Muay Thai gym, you must talk with previous students and ask what they think about this gym. You must also see how many students your gym has. If they have good number of students and they are talking good then you can happily enroll for the lessons.
Before joining any Gym or camp, you must check is your Gym/camp reputed, is it popular or have a good name in business. What benefit you get if you get trained from this gym. Do you get some sort of advantage by its name?
So your gym maybe teaching Muay Thai and might be having a good name, but do they have knowledge about Muay Thai history? Do they know every aspect, tradition and technique of Muay Thai? I agree fighting is important but you must also focus on authenticity.
Does your gym / camp prepares you for competitions? Do they have a team who fights competitions and other tournaments? Your camp must prepare you for a career, they must give you opportunities so that you can take your Muay Thai skill ahead.
So these are some important points which you must keep in mind before choosing the right Muay Thai gym. I hope after reading this article you’ll make right decision and choose a right gym where you can gain quality training and good opportunities for taking your skill to next level.
Thomas, The expert of Muay Thai, Fighter. Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is the martial arts from Thailand. More information about Thai Boxing visit muaythaitrainingcamp.