Thai boxing, also known as Muay thai or 'Art of Eight Limbs', has gained quite a reputation as one of the most effective martial arts in the world. In fact, it is often considered to be the best striking art for mixed martial arts fights. The good news is that its raw simplicity makes it possible for anyone to pick it up! All it takes is perseverance (which you definitely will develop further as you go along), finding a good muay thai gym in Kirkwall, and finding the right instructor for you. Before that, the very first and most important step is booking your first beginner muay thai class in Kirkwall!
If you've taken muay thai classes before, you'll also find muay thai classes suitable for intermediate and advanced students. Just make sure you choose the right class for your level and you're good to go!
Muay thai requires you to be in really good shape. If you're aiming for weight loss, you'll be glad to know that muay thai training in Kirkwall is quite effective in helping students shed some weight and tone up. As mentioned above it is also a very effective striking art as it teaches you to utilize all the strong points in your body, especially the hands, elbows, knees and shins. Of course, you'll also be learning how to defend yourself against similar attacks. These skills in addition to increased speed, accuracy, endurance, and strength will come in handy for self defence.
You've decided to take your first muay thai classes in Kirkwall - congratulations! Muay thai training usually places a lot of emphasis on cardio, but this may also depend on the training facility you choose. Beginner sessions usually aren't too intense, just the basic foundations of muay thai, but be prepared to do the cardio exercises and drills anyway. When it comes to gear, you may be required to bring your own hand wrap, gloves, and shin guards. Some muay thai gyms in Kirkwall can lend you one if you don't want to invest in them yet - ask the gym beforehand. Most importantly, don't forget to bring a towel and a sufficient amount of water!
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