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FAQ's of Muay Thai Kickboxing

FAQ's of Muay Thai Kickboxing

What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is a form of kickboxing developed in Thailand. It is often called the art of eight weapons. Thai Kickboxers utilize feet, hands, knees, and elbows! 

While many people study Muay Thai kickboxing for self-defense benefits, large numbers embrace the art for fitness reasons rather than for its martial qualities. Training delivers excellent health benefits: greater strength, fat loss, increased endurance, increased quickness, tremendous flexibility.

What makes your Muay Thai program different from what is being offered at other facilities?
First of all, we teach authentic Muay Thai, not cardio kickboxing. There's a big difference! Our instructors have extensive training and competition background in Muay Thai kickboxing. Beware of illegitimate instructors and schools who advertise Muay Thai classes when their real background experience is Karate, Tae Kwon Do, etc. 

Our classes are designed so that beginners can set their own individual pace and progressively increase their level of intensity. Individual attention to technique execution is a feature in every class. After just a few lessons, you will understand why no other school's program can match what we offer.

I've never done any sports before. How often should I attend classes, so I don't overdo it in the beginning?
If you have never done any sports before, we recommend starting your training with two classes a week for the first few months. This will ensure your body gets used to the exercises and repetitions we practice throughout the class while still improving your skill at a decent pace. Private lessons are also a great way to learn the fundamentals faster and ease you into the program.

Is there any contact in your Muay Thai classes?
Yes, there is contact in our regular Muay Thai classes. You will learn to hold pads and interact with students drilling combinations with your hands, feet, elbows, and knees. 

But you don't have to participate in any sparring activity unless you choose to pursue some of our competitive programs or want to do it for fun. Sparring is always completely optional.

I have not exercised in a long time. Is Muay Thai too intense for me to start with?
One of the great things about Muay Thai Kickboxing (if your doctor gives you the ok to start a regular exercise program) is that you can start at your own pace, gradually increasing the level of intensity as you get more fit.

What's the average calorie loss per class?
This will vary according to how hard you push yourself, but it can range anywhere from 500 to 800 calories per class (55 minutes).

What does a regular Muay Thai Kickboxing class include?
A typical class starts with three rounds of jumping rope, which will help you develop footwork and improve coordination - followed by one or two rounds of shadow boxing to help improve your footwork, punching, and kicking forms.

The instructor will then demo the techniques of the week. These will be practiced on a heavy bag or with a training partner by striking and holding hand mitts and Thai pads for one another. A specific sparring session (optional) or calisthenics will conclude the class. 

Is Muay Thai Kickboxing suitable for self-defense?
If practiced diligently and with sparring sessions often a part of it, Muay Thai training can be very suitable for self-defense. In our classes, we strike bags, hand mitts, Thai pads, and work with partners. This assures that the training is relevant to real life and is practical. 

However, if you are looking solely to improve your street self-defense skills, we highly recommend you to sign up for the Jiu-Jitsu program, as it is a more complete form of Self-Defense for its effective standing and ground fighting techniques. 

How long does it take to get results with Muay Thai as far as conditioning goes?
Results will always depend on the students' level of commitment on and off the mat. However, results are almost immediate, assuming frequency, intensity, and duration of your workouts are the recommended one hour, twice a week. Our Instructors are there to guide and motivate you, but ultimately, the intensity level of your training is up to you. 

Within the initial two weeks, you can look for an increase in energy level, the next few weeks for a change in the way your clothes fit, and by the second or third month, you may notice a difference on the scale. An appropriate diet will always increase results. Results may vary. 

What benefits will my teenager have from the Muay Thai classes offered here?
Since many of the drills occur with alternating partners, teens who are shy and lack self-confidence will experience improved social skills and make new friends while interacting with others in the class. In the classes, you'll find moms, dads, police officers, nurses, firemen, school teachers, college students, and more.  

Will there be other beginners there besides me?
Yes, we have members enrolling practically every week, and about 95% of them have never trained before, and they were nervous too. Once you try it, you'll be hooked!

Are there any tournaments or competitions around the area in case I want to compete?
Yes, we have a competition team that competes a few times a year. This will require extra practice and approval from the Head Instructor, but if there's something you are after, we can get you there.

When do you offer classes?
Currently, we are offering three adult group classes a week. The classes meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00 PM. As demand increases, so will class availability. For those who wish to come in and work out on their own, we also offer "open mat" sessions.

These sessions are included in our students' membership plan. Please refer to the Class Schedule section of the site to view the times. Private lessons are another alternative for those looking to train more often or who cannot attend as many instructional group classes as they like.

Can I afford your programs?
We believe in providing value to our students, not just by how the classes are structured but how their overall experience as a member of Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is. We take pride in offering a top-notch training facility for our members, and with that, additional costs incur; however, we still believe in providing affordable programs to our community. 

Why do you require a 12-month initial commitment?
We sell programs, not classes. Without dedication, there are just no results. One or two months of training won't provide you with the improved fitness levels and skills you expect. The longer you train, the more benefits you will witness. Memberships renew at a month-to-month rate once the initial 12-month period is up.

I know all memberships at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu require a 12-month initial commitment, but what if I'm not sure if I'll like the program? 
As with any other program, we suggest anyone wanting to get into Muay Thai do some research on the activity first. Once that's done, you still feel like Muay Thai is something you want to move forward with learning; we suggest you make an appointment to come by and observe a class. 

If it all looks good to you and you'd like to give it a try, then the next step is to fill out a Membership Application. Once reviewed and granted access to the program, we'll be happy to book you the trial lesson. The cost for the trial class is $35, which shall be promptly credited to your registration fee if you choose to enroll immediately after the class.

I’m ready to book a class observation; what do I do next?
Great! If you are ready to come in and observe a class, please call us at (925) 634-6958, and we’ll be happy to get that booked for you. You can also email us here.


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