For a student’s first lesson i’d say not to come in with any preconceptions about what Muay Thai is. Yes there are the main strikes and flashy kicks, but it’s much more than that. The clinch fighting for example is extremely intricate and almost another art within itself. Don’t get ahead of yourself, focus on defence posture and balance before anything else and you’ll improve much quicker. Before I started I wish someone had told me that there are no short cuts to getting fit and conditioned for the sport, you just have to show up and train and it will come.
My proudest achievement came in my first year. In 11 months I built the fight team from about 4-5 individuals to a strong and active team of more than 20, a large portion of which is made up of women which is rare in full contact martial arts. The whole team performed brilliantly throughout the year and continue to do so, inspiring the next generation of fighters. As a result of our hard work and dedication as a team, we even created a champion in the process.
My teaching methods are as close to the classical Thai style as possible. In my classes you’ll do a range of fitness and technique based drills, as well as conditioning exercises and sparring. I keep things as close to fight intensity as possible in terms of physical output, and believe in a process of 1% improvement each session. Some days you may leap up in terms of ability, others you will only inch along, barely noticing a difference. I expect discipline and respect, but definitely encourage my students to laugh and have fun at the same time!
I enjoy every element of teaching, but my favourite has to be when I see a student pull of one of my techniques in a fight, in sparring or just doing it properly for the first time in class. A close second would be the moment something clicks for them about balance, range, some particular technique or another element of the martial art. Above all else I love to see progress and a smile on my students faces at having surprised themselves.
I think the most frustrating thing about teaching is time. Most people that train martial arts work a full time job, and really with a lot of people I just wish we had more time to train! Other than that, just keeping the equipment organised so that every one can enjoy it’s use can be tricky sometimes! Most of the time though my students help out and keep things tidy.
Muay Thai can give you confidence, fitness, mental toughness and stamina, as well as new friends and incredible experiences, there’s no reason for you not to come down and try a class with us here at the London Fight Factory family.