So I left the globo gym environment for a martial arts academy and was having a blast. Before my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, there was a class of men and women who did a kickboxing class. But this was no ordinary kickboxing class. This was Muay Thai: equal parts sport fighting, self-defense, and incredible workout. I remember being so impressed by the striking skills and fluidity these practitioners had. They would punch, kick, elbow, and knee the pads so much that I remember them being drenched in sweat. But no matter how hard the class, they always left looking like they enjoyed themselves.
So I decided to give it a try. I remember having difficulty remembering all the different combinations. I remember being repeatedly reminded by the instructor to use my hips more and keep my hands up. Again, it was equal parts physical and mental. This was fantastic, it engaged body and mind in a way that few other things could.
I was very fortunate to be able to train with Kru Sean Douglas, and other high level Muay Thai coaches. These instructors had such an incredible skill themselves, and were also able to simplify it and make it accessible to everyone. I was hooked, and spent years learning as much as I could about this incredible art.
I never would have thought that years later, I would have led many classes full of dozens of Muay Thai students and instructors and judged Muay Thai tournaments. I’ve had children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and fighters in my classes. And even after all this time, I am still amazed by how my student’s eyes light up after a Muay Thai session. They punch, kick, elbow, and knee so much they are dripping with sweat. And their stress melts away, and they always leave looking like they enjoyed themselves.
Please contact me if you are interested in using Muay Thai to melt away your stress, get a great workout, improve your self-defense, or compete in a fight or tournament.