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MMT’s Beginner’s Guide To Muay Thai In Toronto

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MMT’s Beginner’s Guide To Muay Thai In Toronto

Are you up for an athletic challenge that is both terrifying and thrilling? If you’ve watched Kickboxer, Ong Bak, or The Raid, you would have seen this brutal sport in action. Muay Thai in Toronto is all about sparring and competition, while other martial arts are usually combat simulations and theory played out in a controlled environment. It also makes up for a great aerobic workout and will help you loose those resistant fat around your stomach and thighs. 

Muay Thai is an intense sport that engages all hands, shins, knees, and elbows but it isn’t difficult for beginners to train and learn the fundamentals. As a Muay Thai gym, we understand that starting a new sport is overwhelming and prepared this guide to help you ease into it. 

students training at Montrait Muay Thai in downtown toronto

History of Muay Thai 

Muay Thai is a standing martial arts style with roots leading back to 13th century Thailand when it was mandated as military training. You can trace it back to the Sukhothai dynasty and it was made Thailand’s national sport by the Rattanakosin Kingdom (18-20 century). Rooted in the traditional Thai martial art of Muay Boran, Muay Thai also reflects influences from British boxing, which introduced concepts like structured rules, boxing rings, and gloves. This fusion gave rise to the distinctive style characterized by powerful strikes using fists, elbows, knees, and shins, earning it the moniker “the art of eight limbs.”

In contemporary combat sports, Muay Thai remains a staple, with UFC legends like Anderson Silva, Edson Barboza, and Joanna Jędrzejczyk incorporating its techniques into their arsenal for its speed, precision, and versatility. Today, Muay Thai has become a staple in martial arts and is growing in popularity as a self-defence technique.

Understanding the basics of Muay Thai training 

Learning Muay Thai as a beginner is like learning to walk again. Not kidding! Your stance and posture is very important in the martial art. The way you hold your arms against your body to protect yourself is different from boxing. 

In boxing, you only have your hands to protect you but in Muay Thai in Toronto you have 8 weapons to use – Punch, Kick, Knee, and Elbow (2 each). While mastering this awesome sport takes time, the beauty lies in the benefits it offers! 

When it comes to Muay Thai training, be ready to SWEAT A LOT. Whether you want to learn Muay Thai to break your sedentary lifestyle or want to compete professionally, the benefits are endless. It teaches self-defense, makes you calmer, and makes you self-confident. Also, there’s a lot of kicking and punching and that’s absolutely fun! Since it has a learning curve, at our gym we recommend new students to take a couple personal training sessions to get posture, form, and technique correct and then join our group classes. 

student practicing kicks at montrait muay Thai's foundation class instructed by the trainer

Is Montrait Muay Thai in Toronto the right fit for you?

Like any other martial art and combat sports, injury is inevitable but with correct training, you can learn how to avoid mistakes. If you’re unsure about Muay Thai being the right fit for you, you can book a trial class with us! After your trial class, be sure to ask about our special offers for new students only! 

If you have any questions or doubts, hit us up at or give us a call on 416-535-4269

student practicing kicks and punches at our Muay Thai class in downtown toronto

Picking out a good gym

Finding the right gym is the single most important decision you have to take. You want to learn at a gym that teaches you the techniques and not some watered down version. Since you’re a beginner, find an academy that conducts foundation classes. All students will start at the same level and you’ll learn so much better that way. 

Good thing is Montrait Muay Thai in Toronto offers foundation classes! Each class is 90 minutes long and our instructors take you through the fundamentals. The first 30 minutes, you’ll be doing a set of body weight exercises, plyometrics, and speed agility drills. In the next 30 minutes, your instructor will demonstrate technical drills followed by the students practicing them. The class finishes with partner pad work and/or drilling! 

Don’t have a partner to bring with you? Don’t worry because we can easily pair you with another student from the class. 

Learning Muay Thai is a transforming journey and you must give it a try. Sign up for our trial class here