Fitness scene is really big in Brazil and muay thai is known as a sport to make legs thicker/stronger and to make you lean. Some gyms have trainers but they are not focused on making you a fighter or training you to fight/defend yourself but only to make you lean and all that fitness stuff. I was member of a big weight lifting gym and they had muay thai classes there but there were only women there, so i didnt even bother taking a class cuz i knew it would be fitness shit without sparring. Now, here are some questions: 1- How do i know if someone teaches real muay thai and not some watered down version or something that doesnt even exist? 2- What are the basics every gym or muay thai class should have? Like kicking bags, equipments and etc. 3- What if i find a good trainer and a good gym but people there are bad partners (just want to get lean and dont care learning/sparring)? 4- Does every trainer have some type of certificate and how to track it? 5- What equipment do i need to train by myself? Theres a high chance i dont find any place that teaches it for fighting or dont teaches it right so i would have to learn it by my own cuz i aint wasting my money. I know its not the best scenario but i plan on imitate how proper kicks are thrown for example, and recording how i do things and comparing with the videos. Getting as much info i can from the internet untill i can travel to somewhere to train in vacation. What do you guys think and have you ever had to train by yourself?