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Muay Thai Principles

Fundamental, Basic Muay Thai Training Principles

muay thai waiThese muay thai principles sound obvious and easy to adhere by, but it’s the simplicity that make these basic concepts of muay thai so difficult to follow!

All these concepts are not only for muay thai either, they are principles to live your daily life by.

Being able to understand and implement the following muay thai training principles are two different things. Understanding the fundamental concepts are great, but if you don’t apply them to your training sessions you will never reach your full potential!

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”- Bruce Lee


“What lazy people call obsession, determined people call dedication.”

Trying to excel at muay thai? Well if you want to do well in anything (school, work, home life) you have to be dedicated to work hard to get what you want.

You need constant, focused practice in order to improve your muay thai boxing skills. If you are dedicated to making your muay thai kicks more powerful, improving your agility and footwork or increasing your punching power, you will succeed in whatever you put your focus and time into.

The only way you can expect results is to follow these muay thai principles and put 100% dedication behind your muay thai training!


“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”

Without the will and desire to overcome challenges and obstacles, you will never succeed in anything, especially muay thai.

One of the key muay thai principles is being able to cope with failures and set backs in order to reach your ultimate goals no matter what they are. You will get hurt, you will lose fights, you will lack motivation some days… but it’s how you handle these failures that will make you a success in muay thai and in life.

Don’t quit. Don’t make excuses. Don’t worry about failing.

The only time you fail is when you fail to learn from your past mistakes!

Hard Work

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

Like I said, all these muay thai principles are going to sound obvious but it’s actually applying these muay thai training principles (like hard work) that separates the great fighters from the average fighters.

You MUST put your time in and work hard each and every training session you partake in. There will be days where you just feel like you are going through the motions and not doing much that benefits your training. I know, I’ve been there. But that’s where perseverance will help you in your next muay thai training session.

This is one of the most important muay thai principles because if you work harder than your opponent, odds are in your favor when you step into that ring.


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Without the heart or drive to succeed you will not go anywhere in life. It’s that simple.

Without the will to take the punishment in order to come out with a win, you will never win.

You have to have the intrinsic motivation to succeed in muay thai or any combat sport. You can’t do it because it’s ‘cool’ or because of money (which isn’t a lot anyways), you have to do it because you love it!

You have to appreciate and love the journey that muay thai is taking you through. You have to want to succeed and challenge yourself each and everyday of training and in life.

If you are not passionate about muay thai and pushing yourself past your normal limitations, you should probably try cricket, badminton or synchronized swimming you little bitch.

Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”

Over training is a myth… well not really, but you must believe it is while you are kicking the heavy bag, hitting the mitts or sparring your buddy.

What I’m trying to get at is that you have to be able push yourself past your limits and past your normal threshold of pain.

Most people don’t understand how big of a part the mental side of the fighting game is. Without a strong mind and mental toughness it will be harder to push yourself when you really need to be pushed… like during a fight.

Imagine being in a fight and it coming down to the last round and your in deep waters. You want to be prepared for the toughest part of the fight and in order to be prepared you have to push yourself to the limit every time in training. If you half-assed a few training sessions it will show in the ring and you will get your ass kicked because once you step into the ring you can’t lie about how hard you trained anymore!


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Repetition is one of the most basic but essential muay thai principles to follow if you are looking to excel in thai boxing.

Without drilling and repeating certain movements (like certain combinations and foot movements) you won’t feel as confident stepping between the ropes to fight your opponent. Everything must be second nature to you, you won’t have time to think during a fight… you’ll just have time to react.

Living A Healthy Lifestyle

All muay thai principles has to be a top priority, but especially this one if you plan on excelling in your muay thai training.

To get the most out of your muay thai training you have to eat nutritiously and give your body enough time to rest and recover from the beatings you are sure to take.

Drinking and smoking are detrimental to your body and I know plenty of fighters who still perform well even though they drink occasionally or smoke everyday… but I can only imagine how much better they be if they put 100% into muay thai.

Early on in your amateur muay thai career or training you can probably get away with all your unhealthy habits, but if you want to really excel and take muay thai seriously, you have to adapt a healthy way of living.

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