There's probably a lot of variation from gym to gym, so look around, and ask the students at each place about their training.Quote:
Originally Posted by BlindAs
I can only speak for the place where I train, and here the fighters do get more attention than the non-fighter students. But that is mostly because they tend to train at times when there aren't many other students around (like morning and mid-day), or they take private lessons (which cost more). There may be some sponsorship for the pro fighters, or the ones who look like promising future pro fighters, but I don't know the details of this because I am not a pro fighter and don't plan on becoming one.
The majority of our regular students don't want to compete. They are the bread and butter of our gym. I have never felt any pressure to compete. I have also never felt that I wasn't getting enough attention from our trainers, but that may be because I haven't trained at a gym where the ratio of teachers to students is 1:1. The list that thaiboxersp posted said in #3 that you should be training one-on-one with a trainer. I have never seen a gym in my area where all students get that level of attention (in Thailand you can stay at one of many Muay Thai camps and get 1-on-1 training from former pro Muay Thai fighters, which is awesome, but I can't usually spend more than three weeks per year at such a camp because of my work schedule).
At our gym, students aren't pushed to compete unless they show an interest, and the trainers think the student is going to put in the effort to get good enough. Most students just come to do pad work, bag work, and conditioning. Class size seems like it is usually about 15-20 students during the evening classes, lead by one or two trainers. A few regularly take the "sparring class," which is twice a week, and consists of free sparring for 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of clinch sparring. It is supervised by a trainer, who serves as ref, and also points out when students are doing something wrong, and gives advice and explanations. Most of us are pretty beginner-level since our gym is only about a year old, and the sparring class just started a few months ago.