Sometimes students ask me, “When will I get good at Muay Thai”? My initial response is, “I’m still learning just like you”. I’m sure nobody wants to hear that answer from a coach or mentor, but just like any other art/sport; painting, basketball, playing an instrument I believe it depends on how much work you put in to developing your craft. In this day and age of advanced technology and the mindset of instant gratification, some people are under the impression that there is a destination point on the path of Muay Thai. If you really want to get “good” understand that this could be a lifelong process with no end in sight.
When I first found Muay Thai 20+ years ago, my main objective was to learn something that would help keep me from harm in case of a life or death situation. 20 years later, I’m always thinking of new ways to evolve my training to keep me thriving as a Martial Artist/Physical Culturist.
If you really just can’t stand not having a definite answer, I read a book not too long ago about what it takes to reach high levels of success at anything. The #1 rule is probably not what you were thinking. It’s not money, talent, luck, who you know, or smarts. The most important rule for your success is the “10,000 Hour Rule”. This rule basically states; the key to achieving world class expertise in any skill, is to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of 10,000 hours. This rule might hurt a lot of people’s feelings and egos but what it will also do is help you decide if this is what you really want in your life. I tell my students, “you play basketball, you play soccer, you play video games, you DON’T play Muay Thai”. Muay Thai is a lifestyle change if you allow it to be. It is a way of life that should be embraced not just for the “fighting” of it. There is a culture and history that can be appreciated that will enhance and perhaps change your life forever.
Do your own research, and don’t take my word for it. Ask yourself, “What am I willing and wanting to do to make sure I will excel in the most distinguished art of fighting?”!
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