If you are a skeptical person like myself, the first question you are probably going to ask is why I would choose Muay Thai over other striking arts? And that’s a very fair question to ask.
When it comes to the art of striking, Muay Thai is hands down better than any other style out there. While there are other effective striking styles like Dutch Kickboxing, for example, there is nothing as complete as Muay Thai.
The reason Muay Thai is the complete stand-up art is because it utilizes 8 limbs to attack. Instead of just punching and kicking, Muay Thai fighters are able to use deadly knee and elbow attacks to hurt their opponents. In addition, Muay Thai fighters are also masters at clinching (stand-up grappling) and are able to throw their opponents to the ground.
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If you put a Muay Thai fighter in the ring against a Kickboxer with a similar experience level (same number of matches etc.), the Muay Thai fighter will win every time. The addition of elbow strikes, knees and clinching make Muay Thai fighters have much more deadly weapons at their disposal. Instead of limiting their striking to kicks and punches, they can attack with elbows and knees in close range. This is why Muay Thai is the de facto striking style for all MMA fighters.
Muay Thai is a sport that was developed in Thailand as a form of combat and eventually turned into a ring sport like Boxing. Because of the competition element, Muay Thai has evolved considerably over the years to incorporate better boxing and movement. In the past 20 years Muay Thai gyms in Thailand began to incorporate Western Boxing directly into their training, which has created a new breed of elite strikers.