Muay Thai basics: how to start your training?
Obviously the best way to start your training is to sign up for a good gym. However, Thai boxing is a very demanding sport so I would strongly advice you to start training BEFORE you sign up so you can improve your fitness level before you start spending money for the gym. This way once you start you will be able to focus on training technical aspects of Muay Thai and do some sparring with a more advanced practitioners instead of just trying to improve your cardio during the classes. Do some running for better stamina, crunches to build up and toughten your core and some pull ups and push ups to make your arms stronger. Do not waste a valuable time in the gym and improve your stamina before you start paying for the lessons.
You don't need a lot of gear to start your training. All you need to get for a starter is: good quality gloves, hand wraps, mouth guard and groin guard and obviously a pair of shorts and a vest. The rest of equipment you will find in a quality gym. Optional, but very useful, thing would be to get a doorway pull up bar and a heavy jump rope to train on your own. Once you get into it, you will probably build your own small gym with banana bags, speed bags and weights in the house just like I did. Muay Thai can be addictive.
First and foremost: Muay Thai will keep you in a really good shape. The level of fitness that Thai boxing promotes and demands is unmatched. The cornerstone of a Muay Thai training is a bag work/pad work and a sparring - both are very physically demanding activities. Intense Thai boxing training holds a ring-ready level of fitness for a goal. Muay Thai is also a great tool for a self defense. It keeps you physically and mentally tough.
Muay Thai, thanks to its 8 points of contact, is known for its diverse striking. There are plenty of tool that an experience fighter can use to control the fight. Lets take a look at some basic combos: