Frequently asked questions
Q: What can I hope to achieve by training in Muay Thai [Thai boxing]?
There are many different reasons people choose to learn the art of Muay Thai. Boxers have slightly different goals from the person next to them. We have some boxers training for fitness and/or self-defence, as well as some for full contact competition.
Some other benefits include:
Improving overall fitness level
Strength and muscle tone
AND you get to meet me!!!!
Q: Do you offer Muay Thai classes for people of all ages?
Currently, we offer classes to children 6 years to 16 years and separate adult classes. Private training is offered for men, women and children of all ages.
Q: What is the best way to get started in Muay Thai?
Every individual has a different way of learning. We offer both private and class training. If you have absolutely no martial arts experience at all and feel uncomfortable training in a class then private training may be the best option. Private training can help to familiarise you with some of the basic skills and techniques before entering the class setting.
Q: Do I need to be in shape to start learning Muay Thai?
There is nothing that will truly prepare you for Muay Thai. This is an art that you gain success through dedication and hard work. It is a challenge both physically as well as mentally. Everyone trains and learns at their own pace, but there is a concerted effort to bring out the best in each student. A proper attitude and self discipline are vital.
Q: What type of equipment and clothing is required?
Required equipment for conditioning classes is hand wraps, bag gloves, shin guards, Muay Thai shorts and loose fitting gym shirt (all equipment is for sale in our shop). Required equipment for sparring is 16 oz training gloves, mouthpiece, groin protection and/or bra protection and headgear. Optional equipment is as follows: ankle supports and heavy jump rope. Anybody who spars requires a martial arts licence.
Q: Are there any contracts that I need to sign in order to begin training at O`B Muay Thai gym?
There are no contracts to sign with O’B Muay Thai. There is only a general health and injury waiver when commencing training. Group training is done on pay per class basis with no obligations and private training has different rate schedules depending on the length of the session and/or the session packages. Payment by standing order is due at the first of the month and will be pro-rated for students who begin their training during the month. Students who wish to spar or fight must purchase an S.T.B.A licence.
Q: How long will it take me to learn Muay Thai?
How long is a piece of string?? Some learn faster than others! On average it takes between three to four months to get a competent grasp of the basics and to see an improvement in fitness levels. When training Muay Thai, you are constantly learning how to become a more efficient, and intelligent boxer. Your body will continually adapt to be able to deliver greater speed, balance and power into your training.
Q: Do I have to spar at the school?
Sparring is completely optional and no one is pressured into the ring. Sparring can be a part of the natural progression of a Muay Thai boxer. Sparring can be used as a great tool for both the trainer and the boxer to key in on both strengths and weaknesses. Sparring can also be used as a measure of overall improvement in Muay Thai. I always say to my students not sparring is like learning to swim without entering a pool, you know the strokes but will they keep you afloat??