Muay Thai or also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ is a martial art that originates from Thailand. The reason it is called ‘the art of eight limbs’ is because it’s characterized by the usage of the eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing.
Aside from regular reasons to take up the sport, such as for fitness or self-defence, Muay Thai possesses a number of principles that can also be used in real life.
A Muay Thai practitioner needs to be able to overcome challenges and obstacles in training to be a successful fighter; they need to be able to cope with failures and setbacks in order to reach their ultimate goals, no matter what they are.
This is the same with life: we need to be able to fight our way through any difficulties that may come our way and learn from the hardships that occur in our lives.
In Muay Thai, dedication is an important principle to have. Without this principle, a practitioner can’t excel in their practice, because without dedication there will be no hard work. Staying focused, and being constant in practicing the moves is important in improving the techniques of a fighter.
If we have dedication and hard work in anything we do, we can always aim to be successful in life as well.
Repetition is one of the most essential Muay Thai principles to follow if you are looking to excel in the sport. Repeating in practicing the moves and drills makes you feel confident in executing the moves during a fight, which is why repetition is necessary.
In life on the other hand, this principle actually ties into the dedication factor. If we repeat an action many times, we will eventually be able to excel at it, which is useful when it comes to acquiring life skills or learning new things.
4. Mental Toughness
A big part of Muay Thai is the mental side of the sport. Without a mentally tough mind, it will be harder to stay strong when it matters.
And this rings true for life as well. While you will inevitably face hard ships, you will be able to keep on moving forward without letting the challenges setting you back for too long.