What Muay Thai Gifts To Give (And Receive) This Holiday Season
“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Time flies, and the holidays are coming!
By now everyone is either running around trying to find gifts to give to their friends and family, or at the very least they are stressing out because they don’t have ANY idea what to get you since you’re a passionate student of Muay Thai.
Whether you’re looking to buy presents for a Muay Thai addict or you happen to be an addict yourself, these are some of the best Muay Thai gift ideas for this upcoming holiday season!
Top 9 Muay Thai Gifts
#9. Custom Mongkols
What better way to embrace the tradition of Muay Thai than to get a custom made Mongkol to wear for your next fight?
Traditionally a trainer (otherwise known as a Kru or Ajarn) will present a Mongkol to a fighter once he feels that the fighter has trained hard and is ready to represent the gyms name in the ring. As a foreigner who wears a mongkon, it’s important to know the significance of why you are wearing it… which is for loyalty, respect to your gym, kru, and the entire martial art as a whole.
Even if you’re not a fighter, giving (or receiving) a gorgeous, unique piece of Muay Thai culture is a great way to show your passion and dedication for the art you love.
#8. Training Equipment
New gear is always nice 🙂
Whether it’s new Top King gloves. Fairtex shin guards or Yokkao Thai pads, you can’t go wrong with getting a Muay Thai addict new equipment!
BUT, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right stuff (not Everest or Title) so make sure you read some of my reviews before making the final decision.
Oh, you know another great idea for a gift? Sexy new custom Muay Thai shorts!
#7. A Muay Thai Gym Membership
The holidays are the perfect time to sign up and start being more consistent with your Muay Thai training. Besides the obvious benefits of sculpting your body and getting in phenomenal shape for the new year, you’ll also learn valuable skills that can come in handy if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation.
On top of all that, the confidence, discipline and mental clarity you get from training Muay Thai is second to none. The high you get from this beautiful moving meditation is like nothing else you’ll experience.
Can’t make it to the gym due to lack of time? Or maybe a gym isn’t in your area? Then a Nak Muay Nation membership is the perfect gift!
#6. Movies and Films
This may be how many of us got started, with epic Muay Thai movies or old school martial arts films.
Perhaps you watched Ong Bak and wanted to jump off some elephants and land flying knees. Or maybe you watched Kickboxer or Bloodsport with Jean Claude Van Damme and made the decision that you wanted to be as cool as him. There are SO many amazing Muay Thai related movies out there to choose from that would make perfect gifts. Here are a few ideas:
- Beautiful Boxer
- Ong Bak 1,2, & 3
- Ip Man
- Enter The Dragon
- Fight Quest (TV show)
- Human Weapon (TV show)
Our bodies need fuel and sometimes food just isn’t enough for the dedicated martial artists… and that’s where supplements come into play.
Almost all elite athletes and serious practitioners use supplements to maximize their output and get in top fight shape, so why not you? Of course, I’d recommend checking out PNP Supplements because of their top quality stuff, but there are also plenty more to choose from.
In my humble opinion, there is only one better gift than a book (hint: it’s #1 on the list).
When you read you’re communicating with the finest minds of the past. Starting off with “The Book of 5 Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi ain’t a bad idea. It’s wisdom is unparalleled and every single tip is actionable in Muay Thai, despite being about swordsmanship. That’s a life tip: read tons of books. Speaking of which, here are some other top titles to choose from:
- A Fighters Heart by Sam Sheridan
- The Fighters Mind by Sam Sheridan
- Tao of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee
- The Way of The Fight by Georges St. Pierre
- Willpower by Roy F. Baumesiter
- Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide To Inner Excellence by Gary Mack
- The Art Of Mental Training by DC Gonzalez
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
#3. A Heavy Bag
When you’re short on time or can’t make it to the gym, the best thing you can do is sharpen your technique and improve your conditioning by banging on the heavy bag!
If you’re cool enough to buy a quality heavy bag for the Muay Thai addict in your life, you’ll quickly become their new favorite person. If you want to spoil them even more, you can get them The Heavy Bag Blueprint complete online video course too! Now they’ll have the tools AND resources to take their game to the next level.
#2. Muay Thai Lessons
Speaking of building yourself… It’s time to begin the sculpting.
You look good and you’ll feel good, you feel good and you’ll do good. The dots are not hard to connect there.
Building the body is one thing, but building confidence? That’s something else entirely. Being a martial artist, your focus should be as much internal as it is external. It’s derived from the external skills that provide the necessity to focus on what’s internal. “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The next question to ask is where to get the lessons? Nak Muay Nation is a solid start, think of it as a giant archive of information, a online library, if you will, on technical, tactical, and strategic advice. Take a peek, if you please.
#1. A Muay Thai Vacation
If you can only give one thing, this is the gift you’ll want to give.
Once in a lifetime experiences are FAR more valuable than material things. And although new equipment, books and movies are all solid gifts in their own right… it won’t get any better than giving your friend or loved one an experience they’ll never forget!
And if you want to buy yourself an awesome present… this is the one you should save up for!
So, where do you go? There’s a couple options:
Thailand: What better place to go than the mecca of Muay Thai! Become immersed in the culture and tradition of the martial art you love. You can train on the beaches of Phuket, in the countryside of Chiang Mai, or the busy city center of Bangkok. Whatever you choose, it will be an experience you’ll remember forever!
The only issue with training in Thailand is if you live on the opposite side of the globe, the plane tickets can be expensive.
You’ll also want to spend at least a couple weeks there to make the most of your trip, so if time is an issue that could be a problem. But, if you’re able to afford the flight and take the time off to live and train in Thailand, you better do it!
If you’re seriously considering it, make sure you check out this complete guide on traveling, training and fighting in Thailand.
Costa Rica: Looking to travel and train in tropical paradise? Look no further! Sean holds yearly retreats in Costa Rica at the Jungles Edge that are arguably one of the best vacations you could ever take.
Besides training Muay Thai twice a day, you’ll also be able to enjoy everything Costa Rica has to offer! You’ll get to swim and surf on the beautiful beaches, hike and explore the tropicl jungles, relax by the salt water infinity pool, eat delicious local cuisine and enjoy the hospitality of some of the friendliest people in the world!
How awesome does that sound? Pretty awesome, I know.
Go to www.muaythairetreat.com to find out more information on future dates and prices of these tropical Muay Thai retreat.com
It’s about time you took a break from work to appreciate life again. Traveling the world is something all of us want to do before we die, but is there any reason you can’t do it now?
“Achievement without appreciation makes you ambitious but miserable. Appreciation without achievement makes you happy but unambitious.” – Tim Ferriss
What other Muay Thai gifts are you hoping for this holiday season?
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.