I've been doing Muay Thai for five years now and I am so grateful I took it up when I did. I’m 35 years old, in great shape and still have a passion to do it every day. I would say the only thing I regret is not starting it sooner. I came across Muay Thai through friends who had been routinely asking me to try it out.
I always found reasons not to go, even though deep down, my curiosity was quietly fomenting. If you are not familiar with Muay Thai, it is a form of kickboxing that originates from Thailand. The workouts are amazing, exhausting and difficult.
The reasons I didn't go sooner included that I was too busy at work, class times didn't fit my schedule, and I wanted to get into better shape before I started. The reality is they were simply excuses
; the real reason was I was scared to death of looking foolish and/or getting my butt kicked. However, a bad day at work and the need to release some energy turned out to be a life-changing event for me and I called a friend and told him I am going. I asked him for extra gear, as I had none. Fortunately, he had an extra set of gloves and hand wraps and I was off. It's funny to look back on the first day.
I grew up playing multiple sports and consider myself to be athletic and coordinated, but nothing prepared me for this. I had a hard time handling the warm up, punched myself to exhaustion in the first five minutes, and wondered if I was going to see my lunch later. In short, I was awful, and looked foolish. But who cares? "We've all been there," one person told me. When the workout was over, I knew I was going back.
As time went on, I was able to finish the workouts (without running to the bathroom) and began looking like I knew what I was doing. Soon, I was sparring and mentoring other newbies that walked through the door.
Muay Thai taught me an important lesson about persistence
. Many look for the short and easy path; and that is not always bad thing if you can avoid needless difficulties. However, there are no shortcuts. It’s important to take this approach
in what you do for work. Don't be afraid to take on new ventures and learn new things. Some may get there faster and others may make more money, but those with persistence will get theirs eventually.
If you are on the fence about doing something in your practice, don’t be. Get it done and stay persistent. It is all about the journey and those that are humble and patient
will look back and appreciate the process, because they were persistent when others were not.