13- MY CHILDREN ARE INTERESTED IN MUAY THAI BUT I AM NOT SURE IF IT IS A SAFE SPORT FOR THEM. IS MUAY THAI AS VIOLENT AS I HEAR?
Muay Thai is a great sport for kids! Muay Thai is not a violent sport! It is a sport and a Noble martial art capable of making a young man or woman get in shape, learn discipline, and develop self -confidence, through work, setting goals, and work-play alone and with others!
In Thailand children start Muay Thai at a young age, around 8 or 10 years of age! It’s part of their culture…just like hockey is here in Canada, or soccer is in Brazil!
Often, before they join a camp or Club…Thai children already know some Thai boxing moves and have the style of their favorite boxing heroes! And they’re the nicest of kids you’ll ever meet! Respectful, kind and humble!
At Daosawan we have a curriculum of instruction for kids and teens, and we know which aspects of Thai boxing kids should start learning first! The emphasis is on learning and developing physically and technically, get an appreciation for the art and love for the sport…and have some fun, learn some skills, make new friends, etc!
Again I repeat: Muay Thai is not an “extreme” or “ultimate” fight sport! There is no full contact fighting (or even full sparring for kids) in our Club! And our future competitors don’t fight in cages!
But Muay Thai is a contact sport, a fighting sport and martial art! Kids learn Thai boxing skills and use them on training equipment appropriate for their age and size! But all in a safe and controlled manner, with the supervision of their instructor always! Art before Force!
There is more violence in hockey and basketball games or in video games than in authentic Muay Thai training! On the contrary…training in martial arts, fighting sports, such as western boxing and Thai Boxing…will help kids and teens understand the difference between violence and true strength, earning respect by respecting others first and respecting themselves!
Age 10 and up is a great time to start!