The intro level is suitable for complete beginners or people with little experience of muay thai. Students are taught basic striking techniques such as boxing, elbows, knees and kicks. This is carried out in shadow work, drill work with a partner (learning attacks and defence), as well as pad work and bag work. Heavy sparring is not involved at this level.
The Intro level builds up core strength, flexibility and anaerobic fitness. Muay Thai traditions and etiquette are also introduced to students. Intro classes are taught in a safe and friendly environment.
A typical Intro class will consist of the following:
- Skipping or a round of cardio fitness
- Stretching then the introduction to the art itself, the history and the technical side of the art by showing the stance and the weapons. Introducing the concept of "shadow boxing".
Depending on the type of the class it could be technical or pad:
Technical: covers the basics punches, kicks, elbows, knees, clinch and drilling them into combinations, utilising basic attacking strategies and defensive concepts.
Pad: showing the basics then drilling them into pads. Warm down by a round of cardio e.g. press ups, sit ups etc at a fast rate.