University time is the odd little gap in our lives that seems like a blur. It's often (but not always) a combination of classes, exams, parties, and weird roommates. These are the formative years of young adulthood, where students get degrees and a shot at real life. But going through four-plus years of schooling is never easy, no matter how much Van Wilder says it is. It's all about survival. If you're not prepared mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, you're toast.
A wise master once said...
“The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.” - Bruce Lee
Ego, fear, and hang-ups are always lurking in the life of a student. Ego comes in many forms, from thinking you don't need to study for exams to judging that a class is not worth your time. Hang-ups and fear can cripple your decision making and poor decision making always means future problems.
Valuable Life Skills
In Muay Thai, you will learn respect, discipline, and focus. Drills, training and being around like-minded people burn these traits on your mind like a branding iron. Daily practice of these life skills turns them into habits, and it becomes second nature to you. You'll develop self-confidence and high self-esteem, two essential traits of successful people. These life skills translate well into everyday school life and beyond. In everyday situations, you will get hit and knocked down. Things won't go your way, and all your plans will fail. Muay Thai teaches you how to roll with the punches and how to persevere. You'll get back up stronger and more determined to conquer your failures and win.
Learn How to Focus
With the myriad of distractions that plague university/college life, the lack of focus is rampant. In Muay Thai training, a lack of attention can lead to missed strikes and getting hit in return. You need focus and consistency to land your attacks, and Muay Thai will teach you to do both. Imagine what focus and persistence can do to your studies?
Muay Thai VS Stress
Stress sucks. And school stress can sometimes feel unbearable. You need an outlet to blow off some steam! Muay Thai is a fantastic way to help ease the pressure of being a student. Some students can burn up to 1,000 calories for a 60-minute session. This will get your heart rate up and release feel-good hormones called endorphins. Not only will you get fit and healthy with Muay Thai, but you'll also feel super good after a workout. The support structure of Muay Thai, from your Kru to your training partners, is one of the best things about this art. People will really go out of their way to help you reach your goals inside and outside the gym. Hey, you can even take out all your frustrations out on the heavy bag if you want... Just leave your sparring partner out of it!
In a Nutshell...If you want to survive the school year with your wits and health intact, Muay Thai is your wing man. It's a beautiful and highly social martial art that builds character and lasting friendships. Muay Thai can provide you with the perfect building blocks to accomplish your goals and become a champion of life.