Muay Thai vs Kickboxing

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Muay Thai vs Kickboxing (or Kick Boxing), Muay Thai vs Kickboxing, discover the differences.
There is often a bit of confusion when it comes to Muay Thai and Kickboxing but we are talking about important different approaches to combat.
A few days ago I made a post about the differences between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jitsu Japanese regarding the fight and now let’s try to clarify the differences in the sport of striking Muay Thai vs Kickboxing.
In the eyes of a non-expert they look similar but they are really very different!
But what exactly are the differences beyond the few similarities?
There are some similarities between the two sports but there are some important peculiarities that distinguish Muay Thai from kickboxing and that make it more complete and devastating.
Often the confusion also arises because you see many athletes who go from the rules of Muay Thai to those of K1 and therefore the public follow-up sees their favorite athletes fighting simultaneously all over the world in both sports.
It’s easy to see Muay Thai fighters successfully switching to K1 and so for someone who doesn’t have experience they think it’s the same thing.
Even in the same kickboxing you have to make the difference between kickboxing rules and K1 Style!

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Kickboxing (or kick boxing)is a combat sport of Japanese origin and then widespread in the USA, which combines the football techniques typical of oriental martial arts with the punching of boxing.

  • Fists (even shot only in K1)
  • Foot kicks (including low kick in K1)
  • Kneeling (only in K1)
  • Clinch (only 1 shot from grip in K1)

Kickboxing has six different disciplines that can be played on tatami (in this case we speak of light contact) or on the square (full contact):

  • Tatami — > Point Fighthing, light contact, kick-light
  • Ring — > Full Contact, Low-Kick, K1 Rules

The K1 is considered the most complete discipline of all when it is possible to hit with all the punches of boxing such as the direct (jab), the hook, the uppercut and also is allowed the punch-turned (spinning-back) pulled with the back of the hand, with all kinds of football (including low-kick) and also you can also hit with the knees (you can hit with any part of the knee , in all allowed targets, important in the case of clinch is to give a single knee and then leave the opponent).

Projections are not allowed (but you can grab the opponent’s leg and within a few seconds sweep on the back leg).

The great showmanship has meant that many federations that organize tournaments with the regulation of K1 (the largest in the world is currently glory).

Muay Thai

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The discipline is known as “the art of the eight weapons” or “the science of the eight limbs” because it allows the two contenders who challenge themselves to use combinations of punches, kicks, elbows and knees, then eight parts of the body used as points of contact compared to the two of boxing, or the four of kickboxing, with an intense athletic and mental preparation that makes the difference in full contact matches.

It uses a wide range of standing percussion and fighting techniques standing Clinch.

  • Punches
  • Tibia kicks,
  • Elbowed
  • Kneeling,
  • Clinch
  • Dumps, Sweeps, Chatchs.