Every martial art teaches many things but the most valuable quality that a student learns is patience. This is a virtue that is important when handling difficult situations. This is a quality that many people lack but it can be learned and honed by training Muay Thai.
Muay Thai is a full contact combat sport that requires its practitioner to undergo blows that can cause pain and injuries. These are a part of Muay Thai and anyone who takes up this sport knows what he/she is getting into. To undergo such hard-hitting blows, you have to be patient and have strong willpower. Even though good body conditioning comes in handy too but if you don’t have the patience to stand and fight till the end, you will not become a good Muay Thai fighter.
You may have noticed that martial artists are among the most patient people in the world. Even though they have the skills and techniques to beat anyone up they always show restraint and a calm demeanor. Patience is at the core of every martial art and Muay Thai is no different.
If you have seen Muay Thai championships then you are aware of the amount of beating these guys have to endure. They have to push each other to their limits and whoever is able to stand and deliver the strongest blows wins in the end. You will note that they never lose their temper and start swinging their arms and legs aimlessly at each other.
No matter how hard the opponent strikes them, they will fight through the pain, be patient and wait for the perfect opportunity to strike back. Patience is important for successful counterattacks and if you ever find yourself in a Muay Thai sparring match then you will realize its importance. If you lose your temper then you will start swinging your body at your opponent without proper form and technique. This will either leave you with a bad injury or it will give your opponent the perfect opportunity to hit you for points in their favor. You will lose focus and get disheartened with your Muay Thai training.
Patience is also a quality that makes you a good teacher/instructor. If you are looking for a career in teaching then you will know how kids can get on a person’s nerves. Even though children are quick learners they still require time and focus to be taught properly. Scolding and hitting them is out of the question as it is both morally wrong and counterproductive. An important aspect of Muay Thai training is that you don’t only learn to be patient in the ring or the gym you train at, but also in your everyday life affairs. Whether it is your relationship, parents, driving on the road, school or college, you will learn to be more forgiving and understanding with the people around you.
Always remember, ‘from strength learn patience, through patience, strength will prevail!’
This is our primary focus at Arashi Do Martial Arts in Edmonton. We teach our Muay Thai students the ways of a true Muay Thai fighter, to be patient, forgiving and above all, become a better human being.