The Giant Killer vs The Small Fry
I’ve always been fascinated by Muay Thai moves and how strong the fighters must be to withstand all those knees and elbows. However, I have never had the chance to explore my interest due to my lack of interest in any physical activity. So when I found out that Evolve MMA was offering trial classes, I signed up for a Muay Thai session. I assumed that it would be taught in a class with other people. I was quite pleasantly surprised to learn that I would be having a one on one class. That way, I could get to know more about the art as I would be interacting with the instructor up close.
My excitement soon turned into fear as I saw the instructor approaching me. Everyone else seemed to be sparring with one another so my first thought was “this is how I die,” as I looked up at him towering over me. His nickname was ‘The Giant Killer’ after all. At 184cm, Chaowalith Jockey Gym, a 3 time Muay Thai World Champion favourite moves included the flying push kick and the roundhouse kick who was a full 30cm taller than me and easily double my weight. Am I actually supposed to spar this guy???
I was pondering my escape plan when he broke into a grin and asked me to take a seat on the mat. He looked pretty adorable and less intimidating when he smiled. He started me of with some stretches and we spoke a little about ourselves. He told me that fighting professionally was hard work and its something you had to be fully committed and passionate about. He also emphasized that I should use my knowledge for self-defense and to not abuse the skills that I was going to learn.