Bad habits!! We all are vulnerable to them which have developed over the course of months or years. It is either that little movement which you make right before you throw a technique or that hand that creeps down below your chin. These bad habits developed in training Muay Thai, MMA, Boxing, or Jiu-Jitsu can be easily reversed with some effort, little observation, and a lot of patience.
Here are some tricks that will avoid the pitfalls of laziness
- 1) Slow Down
If you cannot throw a proper round kick slowly then you certainly can’t throw it fast either. For example, your kicks are getting lazy and you are not turning your hip over. For best Muay Thai training spend time practising with your shadow. Slowly and exaggerating the proper technique.
- 2) Watch Yourself
Keep an eye on yourself while you train. Perform random habit inspections on yourself once every two weeks. Stop in between a drill to check your footwork, shadow in front of a mirror and analyse your technique.
- 3) Ask you Instructor
Request your instructor at CrossFit gym in Chandigarh to watch your shadow for a few rounds or hold pads for you. Openly ask for an analysis. Any Muay Thai instructor should happily comply.
- 4) Mix it Up
Maintain a good mix of sparring, shadow and pad drills in your regimen. This will help you to reverse your bad habits and also you will learn to properly implement the kicks and blows in your training.
- 5) Train with Different People
It is very easy to get comfortable working out with the same person every week. The advantage is, you’ve made a friend, and the disadvantage is, you’re picking up each other’s bad habits and also consistently reinforcing them. Make sure you train with people of varying heights, body types, and skill levels.
- 6) Seek out Those Better Than You
Hold pads for advanced students, ask to do drills with the person who seems to throw every technique perfectly. This is where you learn. The benefit of training will be that a pair of knowledgeable eyes will be watching you and able to spot what needs to be corrected.
- 7) Check your Ego at the Door
You may look cool moving around with one hand down at your waist, but one day the right opponent is going to come along and knock that arrogant look off your face. Pride is a dangerous thing, and believing that you are invincible will lead to lazy defence and sloppy technique. Be confident, but remember that there is always someone better than you.
- 8) Self Awareness
You need to know what your bad habits are, what you need to work on and have the patience to work through it.
Here’s the good thing about habits. Once you get rid of the bad habits and introduce the good ones, your Muay Thai training will only strengthen them.
Readers, if we missed out anything or you would like to add more tricks to this, please leave a comment in the section below.