Tvashtri's Blog

{June 27, 2010}   Muay Thai

With my 30th birthday fast approaching I had decided it was time to make a few changes. I was staying true to my 6 week challenge with EA Sports Active: More Workouts, I was walking on a regular basis (which also made Sophie, my puppy, pretty happy), and I was even making an effort to consume more water and veggies with my regular diet. No dieting, just an attempt at a more well-rounded, healthier food intake.

The workouts with EA Sports Active are great, and while I was noticing some underlying improvement to my muscle tone, and while I was sweating with some of the workouts, I really didn’t feel like I was making enough difference. That’s when I decided that I needed to get out of the house and join an organized sport. I’ve tried gyms before but I find them mostly intimidating. I had even looked into personal trainers, but since I’m not a movie star I realized that I’d run out of money before I saw results. Then I remembered my brief exposure to Muay Thai and how intense the workouts were. I decided to look into schools in the north end of Toronto and found York Muay Thai.

York Muay Thai is located right across the street from York University. It’s relatively new and was born out of a group of followers from an existing Muay Thai club at York. The head instructor there is Kru Jenypher Lanthier. I took advantage of their free week and found that I was instantly hooked. The students there were very friendly and encouraging (not cliquey and intimidating), the instructors are very focused and attentive, and the workouts are INTENSE. I could barely walk up and down the stairs the day after my first class. I attended a second class a few days later and decided that I was going to sign up!

Another thing I really liked about this school was that there’s a lot of emphasis on respect for Thai culture and intelligence in the ring. Their slogan, “Love, Respect and Believe”, comes from the following:

“If you love one another, respect follows. With respect comes faith–you begin to believe in yourself and your community” -Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri

I can train to be a fighter, I can train to be an assistant instructor, or I could do both. I don’t know if I have the guts to be a fighter – we’ll see after my left jab improves somewhat 🙂

I will keep you posted on my progress and even post a few pics once there’s something to see 🙂 Until then, Sawadeekha!


bhasu says:

The Passion that comes from the arts! Keep it up!

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