Did you know that you can have your child start learning Muay Thai starting from age 4? Double Dose Muay Thai Gym offers classes Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 4:45PM-5:30PM for children ages 4-7. The program is called Muay Tinys. It is a co-ed class where students are taught the basic techniques in Muay Thai. Once they have passed the Muay Tiny’s class and are at an age that they can advance, they can get promoted into the youth classes. The Muay Tinys program holder Coach Ben and his assistant coach Miranda enjoy helping the children learn how to punch, kick, elbow and knee. They create great games to keep them focused and motivated to learn. They make sure all the children interact with each other and become friends so that they enjoy coming to class and being in a friendly environment. There is no testing in the Muay Tinys Program because instructors want children to stay motivated and not feel pressure for when they move up into a higher program. The Muay Tinys program is get children started with Muay Thai as early as possible and familiarize them with techniques and skills. Coach Ben teaches one technique per month so that the children are not overwhelmed. Throughout the month he helps the children learn how to properly do the technique and learn how to use it with partners. Coach Ben and Coach Miranda both work together to make sure that at the end of the month the child knows the technique and can perform it with no difficulties. Apart from teaching the students muay thai, the instructors teach them how to be respectful and teach them discipline. Like all Muay Thai classes there is a ranking system, but they of course have different ranking. Instead of testing the children get promoted and get arm bands that are white with a different color braided into it. Each time they get promoted and have showed improvement they will move up in rank. If you want to get your child involved in sports and want a sport that will teach your child respect and discipline along with self defense, get them signed up for Muay Tinys at Double Dose Muay Thai.
The instructors at Double Dose make it very convenient for all the students to attend class and not miss any criteria or class time. On Mondays and Tuesdays instructors teach the same thing. They teach the same techniques so that if you can not attend on Mondays you can come on Tuesdays and not miss out on the lesson. Wednesdays and Thursdays are like Mondays and Tuesdays, the same thing that is taught on Wednesday will be taught on Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays there is a class called rounds class. Rounds class is meant for students to be able to practice and get extra help with anything that was taught during the week that they need a bit more work on. Every student must attend a certain amount of classes a month to be able to test on the last Thursday of every month. There are criteria and vocabulary sheets in the locker room and in the front desk that every student should have so that they know what they are learning for that month and what vocabulary they need to learn for testing. On testing day everyone is required to be in complete uniform with arm band, gym shirt, thai shorts, hand wraps and gloves to test. If you are missing any part of the uniform you can not test. Testing is very important to be able to rank up and advance in Muay Thai. Before testing begins everyone is to show respect and stretch together. After everyone takes the vocabulary test and lines up to get started with testing. Once instructors announce it is testing mode you must be very quiet and pay attention to instructions that are being given. When instructors tell you to show a certain technique or skill you can not move until they say GO if you move and they did not say GO you accumulate push ups for after testing. When testing you must be really loud and show your technique properly to get a good grade in the class. The grading for the test is from 1-4, 4 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Testing can be very nerve recking and intimidating but being positive and confident helps a lot.
Every student that starts Muay Thai begins with a white arm band. Every time you move up a level (rank), you get a new arm band that is a different color to represent your rank. The ranks and different colors of armbands help instructors distinguish your level and expertise in Muay Thai. Just because one fighter is in a lower rank doesn’t mean they always know less or aren’t as good as someone in a higher rank. There has been intermediate students who are better at technique and skill then those at a higher rank. Everyone begins with a white arm band and quickly move up to yellow. At Double Dose White and Yellow arm band students are considered Foundation (beginner) classes. Once you level up to the next rank which is Orange you move into the Kombat Athletes Class. The Kombat athletes class does have some students who are in the Foundations class but take both classes and need to advance armbands in order to get out of Foundations. After orange you move up to a green band. When you rank up from green to blue, you are required to do 60/40s after testing. 60/40s are when you do two rounds of 60 kicks and 40 knees each round. 60/40s are done starting at a blue arm band and every time you reach a solid color. From the Blue arm band you move up to a white and blue, and into purple where you must do the 60/40s once again, after the purple arm band you rank up to purple and white. The next armband is Red and Red and white, at this rank you are eligible to test for Black and skip brown and brown and white bands. After the brown rank you are eligible to move up and test up for the black arm band. If you are a black armband you are considered “Kru” which means teacher/instructor. From black you can move up to black and red, black and silver and last but not least the highest level is the black and gold arm band. Once you have reached the black and gold arm band you are now considered “Ajarn” which means master. Anyone has the potential to reach whatever rank they please all they need is to work hard and have a positive attitude. It takes time to rank up but your motivation and the instructors at Double Dose Muay Thai will help you reach your goal .
Muay Thai has many traditions. Have you seen muay thai fighters before their fight and noticed they have a head band on while doing the traditional dance. That head band is called Mongkol or Mongkon. It has been around from the beginning of Muay Thai. All the fighters at Double Dose Muay Thai Gym use these head bands along with other traditional items while doing the Wai Kru Ram Muay to show respect to instructors and the gym before their fight. The Mongkon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally the instructor will give it the fighter once he feels that the fighter has become an experienced and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The head band is made from rope, silk and thread and is worshiped or blessed depending on the beliefs of the fighter. It is said that the Mongkon can not be anywhere near the ground or touch the ground because it will loose its “magic” and good luck. The fighter is not allowed to touch the head band, the instructor is the one who puts it on the fighters head and removes it before the fight begins. The Mongkon comes in different colors, and can be purchased at any Muay Thai store.
Have you ever gone to see muay thai fights and noticed that most of the fighters do a similar dance before they fight? That dance is called Wai Kru Ram Muay, it is performed to show respect and keep into the Thailand tradition. Sometimes the Wai Kru Ram Muay are brief and basic, but other times they may be eloquent performances that draw praise and applause from the crowd. It is said that those who see well can determine who will win the fight by watching two fighters perform their Wai Kru Ram Muay. The dance is composed into two parts. Wai Kru and Ram Muay. Wai means respect and is a greeting. Kru means teacher. Ram means dance and Muay means boxing putting them together represents the respect they show to their teachers and instructors for helping them train and becoming prepared for the battle they are about to get into. At Double Dose instructors highly encourage their fighters to perform the Wai Kru before each fight to show their respect and keep the tradition going. The dance is a way to pay respect to his majesty the king or the chairman of the competition tournament. It is also danced to realize the goodness of the master who gave them the knowledge. The dance helps relax the stress and to prepare body and mind to be ready to get into the battle. Every Muay Thai Gym has a different way of performing the dance. Not all Wai Kru Ram Muay dances are the same. The Wai Kru Ram Muay are performed different and each one tells a story through the fighter. While performing this pre-fight ritual, muay thai fighters wear headbands known as Mongkols and armbands known as Prajioud which each have their own unique meanings, history and powers behind them. The Mong kon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally a trainer will give it the student once he feels that he/she has become an experienced fighter and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The Prajioud (muay thai arm bands) were traditionally made from a torn piece of a mother’s surong (dress, skirt, cloth) and then given to be tied on the arm before muay thai fights for good luck and protection. These two things are kept in the dance for tradition. The dance looks easy to perform but is not, the dance takes time and patience to learn.