Welcome to Madison Muay Thai
Muay Thai, the National sport of Thailand, is still relatively unknown here in the U.S. Recognized for its use of all the limbs to combat opponents, Muay Thai incorporates punches and kicks, as well as knees and elbows to employ different striking techniques. Madison Muay Thai stems from the longest running Muay Thai program in Madison. From our humble roots developed in the “neighborhood house”, starting over 20 years ago, Madison Muay Thai has evolved to be one of the strongest Thai Boxing programs in the Madison area.
It has and will always be our goal to provide the top Muay Thai instruction to anyone who wants to learn. By utilizing traditional Muay Thai techniques, combined with “Dutch” style training as well as modern evolutions of the art, we have developed a program that ANYONE can train. Even if you have no experience in Kickboxing or Martial arts, our program is for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not Mai Thai, Moo Thai, My Thai, or Pad Thai. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. Muay (pronounced Moo-ay), means “boxing” in Thai, so the sport translates to and is also known as Thai Boxing. It has similarities with kickboxing but operates under different rules and scoring system; clinching, knee and elbow strikes are all allowed on top of punches and kicks. Muay Thai has roots in the ancient Thai martial arts system but has adapted into a modern sport during the last century.
Just a few decades back, the only people training Muay Thai were competitors. Lean, mean, killing machines, covered in tattoos. Or at least, that was what most people pictured in their heads when they think of Muay Thai fighters. With the rise of mixed martial arts, and also the middle class, the paradigm shifted. People start to discover the benefits and fun of training Muay Thai and Muay Thai gyms are now found all around the world.
You will encounter a wide age spectrum from 4 year olds, a 70 year-old, and almost every age in between. Male, female, and every gender in between. Black, white, and every color in between. So, yes, pretty much everyone. If you can see, stand, move your limbs, jump and run, you will do just fine. No special ability is required.
This question gets asked a lot. As a full-contact competitive sport, Muay Thai is notorious for being one of the most violent. Fights play out like a game of survival and black eyes, broken noses, bloodied faces are all part and parcel of a fighter’s life. These are, however, carried out under a controlled environment with referees to enforce rules and stop the fight when necessary. There are certainly health risks associated with a professional fight sport and to a lesser degree in amateur events, but rarely life-threatening.
A majority of modern Muay Thai practitioners, do it purely for fitness, health and recreational purposes. Even so, injuries do happen from time to time during training/sparring due to mistimed kicks, over-exertion and repeated impact. But! These are usually mild and can be recovered from, usually in little time. To answer the question directly, yes, it is a little bit dangerous but isn’t it part of the allure of the sport?
Instead of feeding you with supposed claims of miraculous benefits, I would like to share with you the benefits that I have personally experienced in this time since I started training Muay Thai.
This was the most obvious benefit. You can’t help getting fitter when training in a martial art as demanding as Muay Thai. Your stamina will stamina improve, you will have a lot more energy to carry yourself throughout your day of work, and you will get more muscular from any additional strength training you might do to improve the game. Fitter, stronger, better.
Fills You With Joy
Muay Thai training is a de facto stress management system. There are days when you might feel down and the first thing that comes to mind will always be “Muay Thai”. Everything about training makes your heart smile: from your instructors, to your awesome gym mates, the scent of my gym, to the grunts and heavy hitting sounds that fill the gym. But nothing works as well as getting completely exhausted from training to fill your entire being with a sense of joy. Or it’s just the endorphins, scientifically speaking. A thorough workout such as Muay Thai never fails to send a rush of endorphins that keep you feeling relaxed. The improved quality of your sleep from working out hard also helps to keep your energy up throughout the day. So not only does it make you look good, Muay Thai makes you feel good too!
Builds Mental Strength
Muay Thai training is tough as hell and will often push you to your limits. You can either give up in the midst of training or you can stretch yourself and summon every last ounce of energy you have to push till the end. And the latter, is how training Muay Thai builds mental strength. Session after session, day after day, you just keep raising the bar for yourself. This continual process will help you to develop more focus and grit that will translate to improved productivity in your work. This new found resilience will make you wish you had started training Muay Thai at a younger age!