As a Muay Thai fanatic, I have this strange urge to spread the word of Muay Thai to everyone I see. When you fall in love with a sport of Muay Thai, it is a similar effect to joining a new tribe.
Like a religious zealot whose purpose in life is to spread the word of God, I feel compelled to let people around me know that Muay Thai is my sport.
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 a 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.
The Evolution of Fight Shirts
I remember back in the late 2000s when the UFC started blowing up, all of the new fight companies coming out with these overly aggressive MMA shirts. Brands like Affliction and Tapout became synonymous with douche bags who would walk around getting into fights at the clubs.
These brands represented everything that I hated about MMA and fighting. Overly aggressive males who think that beating someone up is what makes them a man. Needless to say, I was not impressed with the type of shirts that were on the market.
If you are the type of person that likes wearing Tapout and Affliction, then you should probably stop reading this article.
I like designs that showcase more than just a bunch of aggressive images and words scrawled on the shirt.
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.
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, you 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.
If you wear a regular cotton shirt when you train, I would suggest you wear an oversized shirt that gives you more room for movement.
Tight-fitted shirts are better if you have a stretch material, 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 a personal preference.
The Standard Cut
The standard t-shirt cut is the classic cut that most people wear to training. These shirts are made from a variety of materials, but most of the time you will find that they are made from cotton or a polyester dry-fit material.
As I mentioned above, cotton is better for casual wear while the dry-fit is better for training. But you can wear whatever type of shirt that you like. You do you.
The Cut-Off Shirt
MTP Fight Gear specializes in a number of different cut-off shirts that we offer. Our shirts come in a number of different colors and shapes.
The Muscle/Training Shirt
The Muscle/training shirts are ideal for training because they are a more snug fit and don’t restrict the arm movement. These shirts are the perfect fit between the regular t-shirt and the cut-off shirt.
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 fighter text and tend to showcase a lot of red in the shirts.
Every big Muay Thai brand out there sells its 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.
This is why we created the MTP line of T-shirts. As you can see from the images below, our shirts sell themselves.
We have a select range of Neon colorways from Green, Yellow, Pink and Blue to ensure that your shirts POP when you wear them out. You can wear them to the gym or to training.
Our very popular Eat, Sleep, Breathe Shirts are extremely durable and great for wearing out. If you want to show off your love for Muay Thai, this is one of the best options out there.
Muay Thai World Champion Littewada showcases the cut-off white shirt being worn with our red/white MTP shorts. This is the ultimate Muay Thai style.
The cut off blue shirts is great for training and casual wear.
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 a 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.