Muay Thai is a fairly practical art – quite technically sound in comparison to most other styles. But its typical training routines, involving plenty of competitive contact and often harsh conditioning, may be a bit rough for some.
Alongside Jujitsu, Muay Thai – also known as Thai Boxing – is a common favourite ingredient of training among modern MMA (UFC / cagefighting) competitors in the West. Muay Thai is a down-and-dirty yet cool-head-focussed art. Its punches and defences are tight – ideal for competition and for enemies not to be underestimated; meanwhile, its kicks are primarily focussed on the easy target of the opponent’s front knee – contemptuously battering it until the opponent can’t stand, and when a man can’t stand he can’t fight (at least not well).
One thing Muay Thai is best at, which Karate and Western Kickboxing tend to teach poorly, is how to do a roundhouse kick. Where as most of the popular styles of martial art tell us to turn our feet to point backwards when we do a roundhouse kick – inevitably leading to you turning your back to the opponent (or going off-balance), Muay Thai would rather have you jump with your roundhouse, or twist your hips against the spin so as to keep facing the enemy square-on at all times. This is a superior form of kickboxing.
Muay Thai Prison Fights – traditional Thai rehabilitation
Muay Thai vs TaeKwonDo in the ring
Notice how impractical this Taekwondo champ’s aerobatic skills are when tested against a champ of the more down-to-earth martial art that is Muay Thai.