Perception of Muay Thai
Hey guys, I'm really interested to find out about peoples perceptions of combat sports (mostly Thai and boxing). I'm doing research about why people don't participate in combat sports and am really interested to find out what you guys think stops people from participating. I've been doing Thai myself for 1.5 year with some boxing, wrestling and BJJ so naturally i have some ideas but i would really like to hear what you guys think of the problem.
IMO there are 4 reasons that a person would not indulge in a martial art...
injury - people get hurt and CAN'T take part
fear- people are afreaid to take part
age- people think they are too old
laziness - people are lazy
people dont like getting punched in the face. you see this in boxing all the time
people dont want to get "fucked up looking" and especially with mma just think its "brutal" still
Are Muay Thai and combat sports in general really under represented with competitors though?
Originally Posted by Glassjaw
If you're doing research (what for btw?) then surely the first thing you have to look at is what divides combat sports from other sports in terms of participation rate.
Is there a greater ratio of golf fans to golfers than there is kickboxing fans to kick boxers? Once you can prove there is a delta between the ratios is non combat sports to combat sports. Difficult figures to get a hold of probably but the only way you've got a starting point.
I think combat sports may be over subscribed with participants compared to mainstream sports. How many people watch football once a week but don't train or play football then compare that to Muay Thai.
The thing I've seen stopping most people from starting MT was the movie inspired stupid urban legends, like having to kick iron bars to toughen your legs or having to spar full contact in your first class, getting leg kicked till you can't walk (that obviously happens but not right away:D), stuff like that.
Could it be that the people that don't participate just aren't "into" it? I know lots of people that have absolutely no interest in combat sports, they have no opinion of it other than it's not of interest to them.
It takes a certain type of person I think. Lots of people are content to watch sports in general.
Combat sports in my eyes takes a whole different breed of person to participate to a reasonable & competitive standard. Not many people will stand and fight, let alone train religiously and put themselves through hell just to face someone who has trained to smash your face into the floor!
Combat athletes are a whole different beast to your 'conventional' athletes who prance around like fairies. Mental strength is a big factor too i suppose!
This is the way I see it in my shop.
The Martial Artist and the Wanabe.
Thai has a rep for being full on heavy training and getting a good slap so a lot of people are put off straight away as they seem to think that going into work with a black eye would be bad.
It did not help when Van Dame did kickboxer years ago and was seen kicking a tree some idiots still think that is the norm.
I will get 100 people through my door and as soon as they start talking you now they wont last 5 minutes in a decent Thai Class ~ to take a hit to the face or the body is a big deal and only 1 in every 100 people are willing to take that hit and continue.
I always get asked " do you do a bit then " and as soon as I say Karate they always think ' white suit , no contact ' its only when I tell them that I come from a Full Contact Karate back ground and explain the injuries I have picked up then they start with " cant be doing that " , " getting hit in the face ~ no thats to much " ~ so they would not last in a contact class.
Thai is one of , if not the best stand up you can do ~ the problem is 99% of people are lazy and 10 men and dont see the art for what it is.
Some people just dont want to learn the most effect way to smash someone.
Originally Posted by Romeoblood