After being recognized as an Olympic sport in 2016 and quickly gaining immense popularity, there’s no question that Muay Thai is sweeping the globe. So what’s it all about?
With a long history in warfare and rich cultural roots, Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. This discipline sets itself apart from other martial arts due to its distinctive style of boxing. Muay Thai utilizes eight points of contact, rather than the four that similar styles, such as kickboxing, use. In Niagara’s Muay Thai class, you’ll be using all eight contact points for punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, kicks, and more. If you’re looking for something that will challenge what you think you know about martial arts, you’ve come to the right place.
Enhances Strength and Fitness
Are you ready to be in the best shape of your life? Well, Muay Thai is the martial art for you. Muay Thai is an intense form of physical training that boosts cardiovascular health through both aerobic and anaerobic exercises. As a result, you’ll quickly improve your endurance and build immense muscular strength throughout your entire body. Additionally, Muay Thai is known to help its practitioners shed fat and lose weight. After just an hour of Muay Thai training, you’ll have utilized pretty much every part of your body and burned about 500-700 calories.
In Niagara’s Muay Thai class, students practice a variety of exercises – such as jumping rope, shadowboxing, sprinting, sit-ups, technique sequences, sparring, and stretching. You will begin to experience improvements in your stamina, strength, and power after only a few classes!
Though there are many sports and martial arts that teach self-defense skills, Muay Thai provides benefits that other athletic disciplines can’t brag about. Muay Thai is a full-contact sport that taps into every part of the body while fighting. (Hey, it’s not called “the art of eight limbs” for nothing!) Muay Thai teaches its practitioners how to strike with immense power, fight from the perfect distance, carefully use footwork to your advantage, and rely on instincts in situations of anxiety.
If you’ve never practiced Muay Thai before, the idea of taking your first class may induce stress, not relieve it! Well, we’re here to alleviate your fears. Not only is the Muay Thai community incredibly welcoming, but this martial art is known for its anxiety-reducing abilities. With each strike, kick, and drop of sweat, you are letting go of worry and stress. As you place all of your focus into the training session or match at hand, you will boost your body’s endorphins, release frustrations, and experience an amazing sense of accomplishment.
We have seen our Muay Thai training transform the lives of hundreds of students – both on and off the mat. This martial art discipline teaches potentially life-saving self-defense skills, urges students to face challenges, and provides a newfound sense of physical prowess. The result? A confidence that empowers athletes in all aspects of their lives.
Confidence Building/Good Example
Niagara Adult BJJ is dedicated to empowering you with the confidence and self-esteem needed to get yourself out of a dangerous situation. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can bring out the positive qualities that have always been a part of you, whether that is inner calm, positive mental attitude, patience, or self-discipline. Adult BJJ will help you overcome fear, anger, and self-doubt. By empowering your body and mind with the skills to defend yourself and hold your own, all of our students are able to face their fears and walk a little taller and more confident after every class.
Variety Workouts/Stress Relief
BJJ helps build mental toughness, teaches the value of hard work, and gives you the persistence you need in everyday life. Many members at Niagara Adult BJJ have said that BJJ is also a great stress-relief from school or work because it helps take their mind off problems they are facing so they can focus all their strength and thoughts into grappling on the mats. It is a workout where you have to use your intelligence to problem solve and figure out how to get out from your opponent’s hold on you. By engaging your brain during class, Adult BJJ can help provide a completely different workout that you won’t find anywhere else.
In BJJ you need to have a training partner to practice with, so you spend a lot of time with the other students in your class. By creating a bond of trust and reciprocation, you and your grappling partner can then practice various techniques on each other and see what works or doesn’t work. This martial art cannot be learned based solely on the use of paddles or punching bags. Members at Niagara BJJ have become close friends and help each other refine their skills and reach their goals.