To become a successful Thai boxer, you must focus on your target. This applies to standard training as much as for preparing for a competition. It includes mental, physical, and technical preparation.
Study the following characteristics of successful Thai boxers and compare them with your own. Work on yourself to develop into a great Thai boxer.
First of all, you must envision yourself as a Thai boxer. A vision or great desire is different for each Thai boxer. Muay Thai others us a large number of possibilities—a magnificent athletic body, a competitive career all the way up to becoming a champion, and even the chance to earn money as a competitive athlete, trainer, or manager. Other Thai boxers train with the goal of enhancing their self-confidence and reducing their aggression or stress. For some individuals Muay Thai is an indispensable part of their lives and becomes their fundamental approach to life.
Once you come to know and understand your vision, try to visualize your objectives in detail. Become aware of what your life will look like after you have reached your main goal. Try to visualize what you have to do to bring your goal into reality. The better you are able to visualize your goal, the better you can organize your path in the right direction.
Extraordinary goals require courage. You must be prepared to find new ways of doing things and to change your habits. You can’t rely on others or hope that they will be on the same path. Only when you pursue your own path can you attain the success you desire as a Thai boxer.
To be able to reach your great goal in Muay Thai, you must concentrate completely on achievement. There are many distractions on the way; you must be aware of them and avoid them. As an example, it is absolutely indispensable for a fighter to concentrate completely on preparation for a fight. It’s necessary to explain your plans to your family to gain their understanding, so that you don’t have to waste valuable energy in conflict and negotiation.
No Thai boxer will succeed without the necessary ambition. It can be developed in many ways, and the more focused you are on your motivation and the ambition it develops, the more you can focus on your career as a Thai boxer.
Some preconditions can’t be changed and must be accepted. Some Thai boxers are fortunate to have extraordinary talent and to learn technical skills quickly, or to have an extraordinary performance level in areas of fitness, such as physical strength, speed, and stamina.
Other Thai boxers are superbly promoted by an especially good trainer. Still, without the necessary ambition, a successful Thai boxing career is impossible. If you face a difficult starting point, keep in mind that the attainment of your goal may take quite some time. The ambition you develop, however, will pay long-term dividends. For example, in a competition, your ambition might allow you to make one move more than your opponent, which might prove to be the decisive advantage.
Be aware that it can take a long time for you to succeed in reaching your goal. For example, a beginner will only be able to become a champion after years of intensive training. Therefore it makes sense to divide your goal into a number of smaller goals. You will experience phases when you feel that you aren’t making progress. At that point it’s important not to give up or neglect your training, and not to lose sight of your goal. Keep at it and work on your dream.
The more difficult it is to reach a goal, the more satisfied you will be with your success. Rebuilding stamina is especially important after being injured. You should also not despair after losing a match, but learn from your mistakes and improve that way.
Without the necessary discipline, no great goal can be achieved in Muay Thai. It’s not crucial to train intensively from time to time; it is crucial to increase your training load continually in an appropriate manner. Skilled Thai boxers do not develop after a few weeks of intensive training but through continuous effort. A short period of more intensive training, for instance, several weeks at a Thai training camp, can be helpful. What is decisive, however, is that your training continues at regular intervals.
The best Thai athletes reflect on their years of disciplined and intensive daily training. Only in that way have they been able to reach their high level of performance.
You must firmly believe in the successful effect of your training. Don’t be unsettled by other people’s opinions, and don’t move away from your objectives and your path as a Thai boxer. Be convinced that you can reach your goal and give your best along the way. This is also extremely important in a competition, because the knowledge of your own strength will give you the necessary self-confidence.
You should be aware that you can only reach your objectives in Muay Thai with the help of a trainer, a training group, family, and friends. Respect is a fundamental characteristic of a Muay Thai fighter. You must also pay respect to your opponent in a competition as it’s only possible to reach your athletic objectives, after all, through an opponent. Bear in mind that your opponent went through similar rigorous training in preparation for the fight.
This is why you often see a friendly embrace between the athletes after a hard fight. In Muay Thai you will notice time and again how much respect the fighters have for each other. You can also see how many Muay Thai fighters, used to competing intensively against one other, have become good friends.
The Will to Sacrifice
To be successful as a Thai boxer with competitive ambitions, it is necessary to make sacrifices in other aspects of your life. For example, you can’t be expected to be a successful athlete over an extended period if you regularly indulge in long nights of partying and drinking. A young body is indeed able to cope better with such strain, but starting from the age of thirty, a heavy training load and nightlife contradict each other. Thai boxers are more prone to injury if the body has been mistreated over the years with too much alcohol and too little regeneration.
A healthy lifestyle puts the body in a position to tolerate some additional years of intensive training. With respect to eating habits, an appropriate diet and maintaining a constant body weight close to your optimum fight weight are important. If a Thai boxer always has to lose a lot of weight before a fight, it will be an additional intensive strain on the body.
The Will to Learn
Athletes who are convinced of their skills and who are not willing to take on new techniques and possible improvements lose the chance to make the best of their training. For a successful career in Muay Thai, having the will to learn and to question yourself is fundamental. The great success of the training group at Muay Thai Plaza in Bangkok is due to the athletes comparing their training skills with those of foreign athletes during their stays abroad. They discuss the experiences they have had and add interesting findings to their training.
A great Thai boxer is also characterized by modesty. It is a real pleasure getting to know former top athletes who are friendly, polite, and reserved. The physical superiority gained through Muay Thai should be used for the benefit of fellow beings and not as an advantage over others. Modesty does not mean, however, accepting exploitation.
Professional Muay Thai is a means to earn money, and thus it attracts a variety of shady characters, for instance trainers without experience and unscrupulous agents and managers. You must always be cautious and guarded and
keep focused on your goals.