Like A Drug

For a long time, I lived with a very unhealthy lifestyle. I spent years being a very lazy person. I never exercised and I used to drink, smoke and use drugs. I reached a point though were it was getting out of control and I knew it had to stop. I didnt want to be a lazy unhealthy bum anymore and at first I took up running as a way to better myself. After a while I met my fiance and I decided to give up all the drugs and smoking properly.
I have always been a fan of martial arts, my dad was very good at Judo and my brother practiced American kickboxing. I eventually joined a local club with a friend and instantly fell in love with it. After months of training in American freestyle kickboxing I found out my brother had joined a club that practiced Muay Thai, a style that I had always loved the look of and been fascinated with. I had been largely influenced by my cousin who is a Muay Thai champion, and by the Boran style depicted in the brilliant Tony Jaa's movies like Ong Bak. I decided to join the same club and I have been in love with Muay Thai ever since.
The training was much harder and more challenging and the sparring was harder too, with more contact which I love because it teaches you to react better when someone is really trying to punch and kick you instead of just light contact. I eventually left the club when I couldnt afford to train there anymore which I was pretty gutted about, but I have continued to train to this day. I still train with my brother, whos love for the art is as strong as mine.
I just love everything about Muay Thai, I love how you can use your elbows and knees for strikes as well as kicks and punches, I love the clinches and the fact you can kick to the legs, its so less restrictive than regular kickboxing. I love the training, it's so addictive, like a constant quest to perfect your moves and improve your strength and stamina. I especially love doing drills on the Thai pads, practicing new combos that me and my brother think up each week, they are great for knee strikes, which I really enjoy doing! Sparring is awesome too, I love how it becomes a battle of wits and how Thai can really be a thinking mans martial art, using lots of feignts and trying to out psyche each other. Its really fun sometimes to try getting in a cheeky special move as well, just to see if you can make something fancy like a carousel kick to work and connect!
Muay Thai is definitely now my drug of choice and I hope I will never stop practicing it and constantly strive to better myself through it.
zombiekiller84 zombiekiller84
26-30, M
2 Responses Jun 9, 2012

Great Art can be dangerous for some but awesome! Not many places anymore teach this or Kenpo. From my previous kick boxing experience it is or can be a drug. Some say I am to old and should not go back its been a year or so now but I cant help it the power and rush I feel is more than anything else I have experienced.

Cool, which martial arts did you study? I find that half the battle in Thai is being able to take the punishment rather than dishing it out (especially being kicked in the legs!)