Muay Thai is a form of mixed martial art that originated in Thailand but has now gained worldwide popularity. It serves a variety of purposes. Although the primary aim is to learn a means of self defense, but many people take up Muay Thai for the cardiovascular exercise and the general fitness that can be achieved through these sessions.
To be a good Muay Thai fighter, you should first have a lean and fit body. And the best way to get your body into shape is by running. Running not only tones the body but also gives shape and strength to your legs which is essential for Muay Thai fighting. You can start off slow and gradually increase the distance you run, up to 5-10 km every day. This will also help to increase your stamina. Skipping is also a good exercise, which, apart from keeping you fit, also helps to attain the balance and posture required in Muay Thai. Rather than jumping on both feet, hooping on one foot alternately will give you a better practice. But a lean and fit body alone does not make a good Muay Thai fighter. You should also focus on building strength. And the best way to do that is to train with lighter and mobile weights with several repetitions. These were just means to tone your body and make it ready for the actual fight.
As far as perfecting the art of Muay Thai fighting is concerned, there is no alternative to practice. There are four possible practice methods for Muay Thai fighting. First is shadow boxing. Usually practiced in front of a mirror, you can follow your movements and simulate both your offensive as well as defensive moves. However, you need to remember two things while practicing shadow boxing. You should throw the full range of your punches or kicks rather than holding back and delivering half shots. Also, it is a means to better your fighting. So you should concentrate on your movements and posture rather than on your looks and muscles.
Next method is to practice with a punching bag. You should carefully select your bag after consulting with your trainer. Use your bag to perfect the placement and technique of your attacks rather than aimlessly pounding away at the bag. Next up in the regime is the practice with Thai pads, with either your trainer or a well trained partner donning the pads to represent targets for you to strike this can help you perfect your attack on a moving opponent as well as develop your defensive skills. And finally, once you are ready, you practice sparring with a partner to get a real life feel of the intricacies and maneuvers of Muay Thai.
Now, while sparring, there are a few subtle variations that you can bring about in your fight that can improve your fighting a lot. First, you should lean into your kick so that your body weight also goes into the kick. Thus rather than depending only on the speed of your kick, you can increase the force of your kick as well. Another simple trick is a follow through kick or punch, where rather than focusing your power on the target you intend to it, focus it at a point beyond your target. This will make the force of your hit drive through the target and do much more damage.
These few Muay Thai fighting techniques will help you to enhance your fighting skills.