Even though Muay Thai fighting is one of the most solo endeavors that an individual can go through, it takes a team to get you training and competing at peak performance.
WHO IS ON YOUR TEAM?
As a kid I got involved with a few team sports but I never stuck with them to reach any kind of proficiency. “Some people just aren’t made for the camaraderie”. That was the loner mindset that I carried for a long time as I was finding my way in the world. I remember clearly in high school on the JV basketball team in a close game, the coach pulled me off the bench and told me “pass the ball up the court to break the full-court press”. In my mind I was thinking, from my endless summers playing street ball that I could dribble my way out of any kind of defense. As soon as I touched the ball I started down the court, as the first defender stepped up I faked right and went left throwing the ball between my legs and ultimately off my finger tips and out of bounds. Turnover. I should have listened to the coach. Needless to say, I rode the bench for the rest of the game. I let my coach, my team and myself down.
I believe that experience led me to Martial Arts/ Muay Thai where I wouldn’t be bound by rules and patterns that would restrict my creativity and free flowing nature. Wrong again! Martial Arts and Muay Thai require the same kind of attention to a group of likeminded individuals who are looking to push themselves and you to the fullest capacity. I slowly began to realize it always takes a team no matter what sport/art you are involved in.
SO AGAIN, WHO IS ON YOUR TEAM?
Ask and answer these questions for yourself and appreciate the team that you have.
1. Who do you look up to that has done the things you are striving for?
2. Who are you mentoring that needs guidance and direction? Are you passing on the passion?
3. Who are the people right alongside of you sharing the struggle of ups and downs, pain and joy, triumph and loss? Do you have people that are growing with you?
Even though it’s just you in the ring vs. your opposition, take joy and pride in everything and everyone who has helped you get there.
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