As a Muay Thai fanatic like myself, I have this strange urge to spread the word of Muay Thai to everyone I see (usually by wearing Muay Thai shirts).
Like a religious person whose purpose in life is to share their views, I feel compelled to let people around me know that Muay Thai is my sport.
I am not sure why I have such a strong connection to Muay Thai. Maybe its the fact that before I discovered Muay Thai, I did feel like a lost puppy, looking for a greater purpose in life. Whatever the case, if you see me walking around I am usually wearing some kind of a Muay Thai t-shirt.
Now the truth is I won’t wear any shirt that I come across. In fact, I am a bit of stickler when it comes to choosing my shirt design. I may be one of the few people in the world of Martial arts that hates the traditional ‘Fighter’ looking shirts. I am not sure if it’s the fact that I don’t associate myself with the traditional ‘Fighter’ in the sense of being a tough guy, but I hate a lot of MMA/Fighter shirts out there.
If you are the type of person that likes wearing Tapout and Affliction, then we are probably on different pages when it comes to design. In my opinion, I always think that less is more. The less crowded you make a t-shirt, the better the design. Adding useless stars and words that say STRONG, FEARLESS or HEART isn’t my cup of tea.
The less crowded you make a t-shirt, the better the design. Adding useless stars and words that say STRONG, FEARLESS or HEART isn’t my cup of tea.
I admit that I am in the minority when it comes to the type of shirts I like. Most people are happy with any shirt as long as the words Muay Thai are plastered all over the shirts.
Anyways, before I talk about specific shirt designs, the first thing you should do when choosing a quality Muay Thai shirt is to ask yourself if you are going to train in the shirt or simply walk around in the shirt.
Training Shirt or Regular T-Shirt?
If you want to find a Muay Thai shirt for your training, you should find an athletic shirt that you can stretch and breathe in. Buying a shirt that is 100% cotton can result in the shirt becoming absolutely drenched during and after your training. In fact, I have had a few of my cotton shirts rip on me when I took them off after training.
You don’t want to train in regular t-shirts that are made for walking around. When it comes to Muay Thai shirts for training, I like to use Dry-Fit, Microfiber, Nylon, Polyester materials that are very light and easy to dry. If you are wearing a shirt made from the right materials you won’t have to worry about carrying the weight of a completely drenched cotton shirt.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a t-shirt just for everyday casual use, the material used in the shirt doesn’t matter. Regular shirts made from 100% soft cotton or a mix of 50/50 polyester and cotton blend are perfectly fine and will be comfortable to wear. I find soft cotton to be a very comfortable material that fits very well.
The Cut of the Muay Thai Shirt
Another important factor you need to look at when choosing a Muay Thai shirt is the cut of the shirt. If you are training, need to wear a dry-fit material that can give you some flex and won’t restrict your movement. As I mentioned before, I tore one of my 100% cotton t-shirts when it got too wet and I used it for training.
I like using tight fitting shirts, but you can also get some loose fit Muay Thai shirts that work perfectly fine as well. The fit and cut of the t-shirt is personal preference. The 3 types of cuts I like are the standard t-shirt design, the cutoff t-shirts, and the tank tops. In training, I like using these in a dry fit material, so I get enough movement when I am training.
Best Muay Thai Shirt Designs?
I’ll be honest and admit that there are not many Muay Thai shirt designs that I like out there. If you do a quick online search for Muay Thai shirts, you will notice that the designs are pretty unoriginal. I found that most shirts have the same fighterish text and tend to showcase a lot of red in the shirts.
Every big Muay Thai brand out there sells their own unique t-shirts. These shirts all consist of a big brand label on the front of the shirt, with some more text on the rest of the shirt.
When it comes to the shirt design, it’s all about your personal opinion and taste. While I like simple and clean designs, there are plenty of people who like wearing aggressive MMA style shirts that showcase they are a fighter. For me, this is a bit overdone and something that I prefer to stay away from.
I did a quick look on Amazon and eBay for some good shirt designs, and I didn’t see anything that I would be comfortably recommended.
The t-shirt that you wear is a reflection of who you are. If you want to come across as someone who is aggressive, then you can go with a typical MMA brand like Tapout or Affliction that showcase a lot of skulls, bones, and darker more aggressive colors.
I used to wear these brands 8 years ago when I was younger, but eventually, I got sick of being associated with a lot of the guys who walked around with these t-shirts on. I stick to shirts that have a simple design with meaning behind the designs. Unfortunately, there are very few shirts out there that really do a good job of this.
As long as you find a style and design that you like that is all that matters. If you are looking for a t-shirt to wear in training, then the material and fit of the shirt are even more important. I like dry fit shirts the best because of the fit and comfort when you use them, but that is a personal preference.