A man in York, Pennsylvania uses Muay Thai to improve the lives of those around him.
When mixed martial arts were first introduced to the world, many people found them barbaric and brutal. Over the past twenty years it has started to make its way into the mainstream and is now one of the most popular sports in the world.
Today, you can find many different types of people practicing mixed martial arts, from mothers to teenagers, to the most talented athletes in the world. A big part of MMA is the striking aspect and many people have tried Muay Thai to get in shape.
A gym in York, Pennsylvania uses Muay Thai training to improve the lives of its students. Micah Yohe, lead instructor at York MMA, knows the importance of having a martial arts background under his belt.
He works with his community to get them in shape, give them confidence and give them the skills to stand up for themselves if ever needed.
“Some people just come to get in shape,” he told Fox 43 News. “Some people come to learn how to defend themselves. We have all these rides here. We train fighters, but a lot of people work 9 to 5 coming in, getting in shape and learning to be more confident. After a while, they feel better about themselves, walk around, look people in the eye.
Over the past ten years, Muay Thai training has become an integral part of an MMA fighter’s skill set. In the upper epsilon of the sport, some fighters will spend a lot of time training in Thailand to learn from the best strikers in the world.
As the name suggests MMA is built from all different types of martial arts and fighting skills, Muay Thai is a cog in the machine of an elite martial artist.
“You always see an evolution of the sport, it just keeps growing, and I don’t think we’ve seen the peak of where it’s headed yet,” Yohe said. “Muay Thai tends to be a bit more popular in MMA because Muay Thai is full contact in Thailand, where karate is a lot of fighting to the point. Some people kind of mixed their karate experience, and they did really well in the cage with that.
At York MMA, you won’t find many professional or semi-professional fighters thrashing around for rounds and rounds. Instead, you will find ordinary people, who come after work to try to improve themselves. Improves their health and mind, and they find that this Muay Thai workout is just the thing to improve both.
Have you ever tried Mauy Thai and if so, what did you think of it?