Did you know that Double Dose Muay Thai Gym offers a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program? The gym wanted to add another program for their students to be able to learn a different fighting style and learn the culture behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ classes are offered to all students attending Muay Thai classes and any new students who may only be interested in BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It is a combination of self defense, combat and martial arts. It consists of two people trying to get one another to the ground and do certain techniques to put their opponent into submission. The sport promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage and proper technique. BJJ has a different uniform then Muay Thai. In Muay Thai students wear the gyms shirt, Muay Thai shorts, arm band, hand wraps and gloves. BJJ is different, students wear something called a gi and a belt no arm band or hand wraps. People say that you can benefit from doing BJJ. BJJ can help you stay in shape and gain skills that will help you in any self defense situations. You will also be able to get a better understanding of what your body and anyone else’s body is capable of doing. You do not know what you are capable of doing until you actually try and you are put in a situation where you need to. Why not be prepared? You will gain patience when learning BJJ, instructors want to make sure you understand the techniques before attempting on classmates. Double Dose gym offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes a couple times a week. The classes are held at times where it won’t interfere with Muay Thai classes, so you can be taking both programs at the same time.
Have you ever been bullied or have you ever bullied someone? Every day children and even adults are being bullied. There are a lot of reasons for why people decide to bully, it can be because of jealousy, boredom, hate, anger release, feeling confident and better after putting someone down. Bullies can be considered as the weak praying on the weak. Bullies hurt people and make people become one. There is different ways you can treat a bully, you can let them pick on you and hurt you physically or emotionally OR you can do something about it for them to leave you alone and realize they can not mess with you. You do not need to physically hurt someone to have them stop bullying you.
Double Dose Muay Thai instructors teach their students to be both physically and mentally strong, to keep a positive attitude and have confidence. Having confidence in yourself and standing up for yourself can drive bullies away fast. In every class you are taught street self defense techniques that can help if you are ever put into situations that you feel unsafe. The techniques don’t always involve hurting the person but getting the person away from your personal space to be able to escape if necessary. Double Dose teaches students to stand up for themselves and protect those who are weaker and not capable of defending themselves. The techniques are not taught to get students into trouble, there taught to get them out of trouble. Double Dose does not discriminate between genders and the size of a person. Students partner up in class with anyone and they must learn how to use the skills and techniques taught with any classmate to be able to learn how to overcome certain circumstances. For example if a student is on the fight team they are going to be fighting various types of opponents. Yes they may be around the same weight but their fighting style is completely different then what the student is used to. Double dose helps prepare you to defend yourself with different fighting styles, different sizes of people, different situations you can be put it and most important standing up for yourself.
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Anger can be expressed in many different ways. Some people get angry and use it where it is not appropriate and others get angry and use it as an advantage in a sport. Kickboxing is a great sport known to be good for letting out frustration and anger. At Double Dose Muay Thai you are taught a technique in class, you must know the technique before you can put all your strength into it and practice it on the punching bags. Without realizing it you are learning patience while being taught the technique and you are learning to let your frustration out on the bag once you have the basic steps of the technique. Every person that does Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitzu and any sport need to also learn how to keep control. When practicing techniques and learning new strategies you must know how to control yourself and know when it is time to put all of your force and what some people may see as let out all of your anger, the reason why is because students do not always learn techniques on the bags and by themselves they work together in partners. When working together in partners it helps each student see how the technique is supposed to be done properly and exactly where on the body the combination should land. Without practicing on each other students will not be able to see how a visual for when they really need to perform the combination. When partnering up, students do not hurt each other they go back and forth practicing the technique softly unless they are using thai pads or belly pads. If one person can not control their anger and hits their partner hard because they weren’t able to resist then when it is their partners turn to do the combination they will become angry and return the combination with anger. That can create drama that is unnecessary. That is why from the beginning the instructors teach you to how to control yourself and learn the technique properly. The instructors also make sure that they remind you at all times when it is ok to put force into a technique and combination. If you tend to get angry and don’t know how to let your frustration out Muay Thai Kickboxing is a great way to help you.
Some people start training muay thai to learn self defense and confidence. Others because they want a sport that will help them stay in shape. Muay Thai is a sport from Thailand that uses punches, elbows, knees and kicks. It is similar to boxing except boxing only allows punches. The people on the fight team at Double Dose train Muay Thai because they like to compete and fight. Some want to make it there career. Whatever the purpose may be, they are there to train hard and stay motivated to fight and set a good example to students that would one day want to do the same. Everyone on the fight team takes a lot of time in there day to make sure they attend class everyday and learn new techniques, attend fighter training and attend sparring classes. Most fighters even help coach students and teach classes on their spare time. Being on the fight team takes up a lot of time from these committed fighters but they are willing to help and gain future fighters on their team.
To get onto the fight team at Double Dose Muay Thai there are certain obstacles and levels of experience that you need to have, not just anyone can be on the team there are requirements. A try-out is mandatory for each person that wants to be on the fght team, if you do not complete the try-out you can not even consider being on the fight team at Double Dose. You need to at least be at an orange armband rank. Reason being is because you have to have experience in Muay Thai and have confidence to not give up. You have to be able to run 3 miles in a certain amount of time and they have several more requirements that need to be met. After the try out is complete, together as team they vote whether they think you capable of being on the team. If they vote you in all your hard work will have paid off, if you did not make it on the team they tell you what it is that you need to work on to be able try out again.
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Double Dose Muay Thai expresses alot of culture and tradition from Thailand. The uniform worn by each student is a tradition from Thailand, when military soldiers in first created Muay Thai Kickboxing. Another tradition that is kept at double dose is every student is required to wear an arm band that represents the students experience level. Originally soldiers who served the Thailand military would leave their wives for months and possibly even years at times. The wives would rip a piece of their dress and wrap something of sentimental value and tie it on their husbands arm so that they would have a memory of their families to guide them home. Showing respect and being thankful were two things that were brought up from the very beginning. Everyone that does Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu Jitzu at Double Dose is very respectful and thankful. They teach you the importance of value and expect you to not only show it at the gym but everywhere you go. From day one that you enter the gym as a student the coaches and instructors show you how to show respect before stepping foot onto the mat. They also teach every student that before you hit the bag and after every round of hitting the bag you need to finish off by giving respect. Just like you show respect to the bag you do the same when you partner up with a classmate. If you forget to show respect, instructors will remind you and warn you if you forget to do it again you will need to do push ups. They do not make you do push ups because they want to be mean, they do it because they want to teach discipline and respect. Instructors and coaches at Double Dose expect you to know only be respectful and thankful at the gym but everywhere you go.