What's The Difference Between Muay Thai And Kickboxing?

What’s The Difference Between Muay Thai And Kickboxing?

Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing

While many people use these two terms interchangeably, there is a difference between Muay Thai and kickboxing. Muay Thai wasn’t originally a sport, but a technique taught to soldiers to used if disarmed. It was called muay boran, meaning ancient boxing. It evolved and developed into a sport and was often used in fights by both the general population and soldiers. The Thai royalty changed the sport by modernizing the rules and teaching techniques over 200 years ago. Kickboxing, on the other hand, is a generalized term for fighting that uses kicking as part of the method of subduing an opponent.

You have an eight-point system with Muay Thai.

In kickboxing you use fists and feet to win your fight, which gives you four points of contact with your opponent. In Muay Thai, you use an eight-point system that includes the feet and fist, but also uses knees and elbows to strike. If you were to use knees and elbows in a kickboxing match, you might end up being disqualified.

You can attack below the waist in Muay Thai.

While no sport kickboxing sport, including Muay Thai, allows groin strikes, in Muay Thai you can kick or strike below the waist, which includes shin kicks. That’s one reason Muay Thai is considered better as a method of self-defense. It allows more moves to protect yourself. It’s also a reason that most people enroll in kickboxing classes to participate in the sport.

You can clinch and grapple in Muay Thai.

There’s a difference in the type of kicking used in Muay Thai, with many of the kicks getting power from the hip area and using the legs like a bat to inflict pain and injury on the opponent. The more exotic kicks used in other martial arts forms, such as spinning kicks, are seldom used in Muay Thai matches. Grappling and clinching are allowed in Muay Thai. For these reasons and several others, Muay Thai is considered a more complete fighting art.

Because of the differences between Muay Thai and American kickboxing, it’s easier for someone trained in Muay Thai to do well in kickboxing, but the reverse is not true for the trained kick boxer.

There are many different types of kickboxing. In a broad sense, Muay Thai is kickboxing but not all kickboxing is Muay Thai.

In Muay Thai, fighters shin-check kicks but seldom do in kickboxing. In fact, in Muay Thai checking a kick is important to the score.

The pace of a Muay Thai match is often slower and more patient than that of a kickboxing match, but both are equally draining.

Does Your Child Have Trouble Focusing At School?

Does Your Child Have Trouble Focusing At School?

Child Have Trouble Focusing

Does your child have trouble focusing at school or difficulty following through on tasks because he or she gets sidetracked? One way to help eliminate the problem is with exercise. Regular exercise helps stimulate the brain to create norepinephrine, dopamine and serotinin. These hormones help individuals of all ages to maintain focus and attention. In fact, it works much like Ritalin or Addera but without any of the bad side effects.

Muay Thai and other martial arts help improve focus in other ways besides just exercise.

No matter what age you are, you tend to pay more attention to something that interests you, otherwise you hear, “blah, blah, blah” during instruction time. Martial arts often grabs the attention of most children because of the many martial arts movies and the “cool” moves depicted on the screen. Who hasn’t at one time or another made the chopping motion with the legs in stance that is often seen on the screen right before the hero takes on hundreds of bad ninjas and wins. Listening to the instructions for each move and following through is an exercise that stimulates focus.

The art of muay Thai boxing is rigorous and exhausting, but builds stamina and energy.

You might think that your child already has more energy than you can cope with, but the opposite may be true, particularly if the child is hyperactive. However, the hyperactivity may be a result of needing more energy to keep the body going. While may attention deficit children benefit from Muay Thai instruction, the reason it helps vary dramatically. The child may be improving energy levels or may be creating new neural pathways in the brain that enable them to learn easier. No matter what the reason, children often show improvement after several sessions.

Your child will build self-esteem.

One huge problem for children with difficulty focusing is the lack of positive reinforcement. They know they aren’t doing well in school and are often singled out by teachers simply because they don’t follow the rules, speak out of turn or are in no way in sync with the rest of the class. Achieving mastery of any sport or other project can help the child improve their self-image and that can help in all other areas of life, including the classroom.

Muay Thai instruction builds mental discipline and focus, while also building physical stamina and strength.

One of the primary focuses in Muay Thai training has to do with discipline and obedience to the instructor.

Muay Thai instruction centers on personal responsibility. If you learn your lessons well, you win the fight, if you don’t you lose.

Muay Thai training helps promote inner calmness and peace. That allows for the mind to focus on other things, such as studies.

Benefits of Muay Thai Training for Fitness

Benefits of Muay Thai Training for Fitness

You can improve your health and have a physically fit body by getting into Muay Thai training fitness programs. This is the best way for you to have a stronger body and gain confidence. Muay Thai workouts can help you to be at your best fighting form as well.

Many people see positive results from Muay Thai trainings. You may build stronger and more defined arms, stomach and legs. These programs and classes also help you to gain a sense of inner strength and emotional balance.

Muay Thai training has seen the benefits on the cardiovascular and toning of the muscles by simply taking Muay Thai training workouts.

Muay Thai training and the innovative variations of the sparring, jabs, power punches, defense, and fitness has all blends of aerobics exercises. You will learn the proper execution of the punch, knee, kick, elbow combinations for a more intensive workout that will help you become stronger and more confident.

The combinations you perform on the blocks, jabs, and kicks are executed to an imagined opponent. You may see classes where participants throw punches and kicks on the air. You will also find training camps that have quality equipment such as punching bags, Thai pads, and a Full size boxing ring.

You may also enjoy more benefits aside from the physical aspects of Muay Thai trainings. Muay Thai workouts allow you to burn out 850 to 1000 calories or more in just an hour. It also helps maintaining the heart rate at 75 percent to 85 percent regular beat. This has been proven to be good and is the recommended range if you are exercising or into training.

Moreover, Muay Thai training improves your speed, resistance, and strength. Flexibility and the reflexes of the muscles are also enhanced. Repetitive motion on arms by hitting pads, punching heavy bags, and sparring helps your arms, stomach and legs gain strength and power.

These workouts also enable your joint movements to build very efficient fitness results.
These movements require you to develop balance and coordination that enables your body to be stable and maintain a good form.

These physical benefits you gain from Muay Thai or thai kickboxing are just few of the many benefits that they can provide. You will be able to learn more about self defense skills, which you may use in case of an emergency. You will also feel the satisfaction when you punch, kick, knee or elbow. Relaxation and self-motivation is also developed.

You will feel a sigh of relief and feel that you are released from stressed. It also helps you to get rid of that anger that is inside of you. Once these things are releases, you may feel lightness into your body and peace of mind as well.

Many fitness experts recommend Muay Thai training for beginners. It allows you to workout on your desired pace and body condition. Muay Thai allows you to push yourself to the limit and it highly elevates your Strength and Conditioning levels as well.

Positive results await you with Muay Thai training. You will enjoy a physically fit body and will keep you in better shape. You have the option working out and exercising at your preferred level and skill. Enjoy the fun of these Muay Thai training programs.

Boxing rules must adapt to keep fans interested

Boxing rules must adapt to keep fans interested

Golden Boy, Bob Arum and Gary Shaw are the world’s top three boxing promoters but only Shaw has crossed the line into the world of martial arts.

And Shaw insists that Muay Thai can learn a lot from the rise of K1 kickboxing and the MMA Ultimate Fighting Championship phenomenon.Shaw compares Muay Thai to “delightful Thai cuisine _ hot and tasty” and UFC fighting in the cage as “McDonald’s takeaway _ fast and ready to go”.According to Shaw, Thai restaurants and Muay Thai have been around for centuries. And while Thai boxing was able to adapt to the international boxing rules of a roped ring and boxing gloves, the sport needs to keep evolving.

“In boxing and Muay Thai, the battle is fought with two fighters standing up with gloves on making the knock-down with punhces the main assignment, but Muay Thai has the X-factor of kicks, knees and elbows that adds excitement to the contest,” he said.  But now, according to Shaw, the challenge for Muay Thai is to keep the pace of the fight at full-throttle for the five three-minute rounds.  “Five rounds is a lot less than 12 rounds of championship boxing,” Shaw said.

Muay Thai is often criticised for its slow first and fifth rounds that are notoriously scored 10-10 with the boxers seemingly content to strive for a winning score in rounds three and four when the heat is on.  Shaw says K1 organisers “tried to be clever” by removing grappling and elbow-strikes from their tournaments.Lack of grappling allowed the less hardened fighters to stay competitive in the kickboxing contests.  According to Shaw, the elimination of elbows as weapons also gave the Japanese and European kickboxers an advantage over the combatants trained in Muay Thai.

Shaw contends that it is not the Muay Thai rules that are holding back the sport _ rather it’s how the first and last rounds are scored that spoil the sport as a popular spectacle.  If the judges scored the first round 10-9 or even 10-8 for the fighter who is the more aggressive, then that would make the fighters go harder from the start, he said.  But rules aside, Shaw contends the biggest obstacle for Muay Thai in the past and present is the ongoing perception that the Thai ring sport is fringe and boutique and not mainstream.  Shaw is the former frontman for ProElite, which took on the UFC in Mixed Martial Arts, but withdrew after a face-off with the UFC juggernaut that today totally dominates major TV and has become the fashionable sport for a new generation of fight fans.

While Shaw is now comfortable promoting elite boxers, exclusively, away from the cage, he does concede that, as far as young people are concerned, “the only game in town is the UFC”.  “But you can’t beat them any longer. They’re miles ahead of everyone right now,” he said.

“[Competing with them is] like coming up with some fast food franchise and beating McDonald’s. It’s not gonna happen.”  Shaw has plans for a Muay Thai championship event in Las Vegas in March or April this year, but next week will be in Sydney focusing on the ‘showdown’ fight for the world IBF championship, featuring his latest world champion boxer, Daniel Geale.  Geale won two world title belts after his unification title bout against WBA champion Felix Sturm in Oberhausen, Germany.  But the Australian, who Shaw rates “as good as (Australian former world champion) Jeff Fenech” had to forfeit his WBA belt after being stripped of the title when Geale decided to fight Mundine _ his Australian rival _ rather than defend against mandatory No.1 challenger, Gennady Golovkincom.

As a promoter, Shaw’s philosophy is “let the best fight the best and the results will sort itself out”.  And, should Geale beat Mundine, as expected, he will be looking at challenging Sergio Martinez for the WBC belt.  But first, Geale has to beat Mundine, a proud indigenous Australian who excelled in rugby league before embarking on a professional boxing career.  Jan 30 is the must-win day for Geale, the boy from Tasmania, and Mundine, the footballer who wants to known as Australia’s undisputed boxing king.

History Of Muay Thai

The history of Muay Thai is deeply rooted in the history of Thailand (formerly Siam) itself. The country was repeatedly invaded by its neighbouring countries whilst it was still in its infancy. The Thai people depended on their own ability to defend themselves and their lands. In those times before the introduction of gunpowder, only short range weapons were available such as bows and arrows, spears, swords, pikes and clubs when going into battle. From this type of hand to hand combat, weapons could be lost and so, combatants had to learn to quickly rely on unarmed combat using hands/fists, elbows, knees, feet – and their heads (not least to outsmart their adversaries). Without doubt, this systematic use of ‘natural’ weapons developed into a practical and deadly fighting art for the battlefield – that would later become Muay Thai.

There are few records of the history of Muay Thai before the twentieth century. Knowledge was passed down by oral tradition which can sometimes alter historical fact. During times of peace the monarchy and the military leaders realized that self defence techniques were of great importance. Thai soldiers certainly studied Muay Thai at earlier times. Muay Thai has most likely earned money for ‘prize fighters’ since at least the Sukothai era. Over time, Muay Thai became a way of personal advancement as the nobles progressively admired the most skilful fighters.

The 16th Century saw the beginning of warfare with Burma. In 1568, the Burmese captured the city of Ayutthaya and dominated the country until 1585, when after the death of Bayinnaung the Burmese King, the Siamese prince Narusuan re-organized an army to drive the Burmese from their land and to achieve independence. Prince Narusuan and the crown Prince of Burma, who had known each other since childhood finally engaged in combat astride the backs of war elephants to determine the independence of Siam. After a ferocious battle Prince Narusan cut the crown Prince in half from shoulder to waist. The Burmese army withdrew, giving independence to Siam. Later King Narusuan honoured the bravery of the Burmese Prince by erecting a shrine at the site of the battle.

During the Ayutthaya period, which was a period of unending battles against Siam’s neighbours i.e. Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam, history records state that King Sri San Petch or Khun Luang Sorasak (also known as Phra Chao Sua, the Tiger King) often boxed incognito in various up-country temple fairs. He is said to have been a skilled boxer and enjoyed the sport so much that he often disguised himself thus in order to test his skill against villagers, thereby becoming quite a legend in his own time.

When Ayutthaya fell in 1767 AD, many Thais became prisoners of war. In 1774, the King of Burma held a festival to celebrate the Chedi containing the Buddha’s relics in Rangoon, with various forms of entertainment and festivities. This included a boxing display for the King by a Boxer named “Nai Khanom Tom” a prisoner of war from Ayutthaya. Pit against Burmese boxers, Nai Khanom Tom defeated 10 Burmese opponents in a row. To reward this tremedous feat, the Burmese king gave Nai Khanom Tom his freedom. Till this day, the Nai Khanom Tom ceremony is a major event in Thailand’s Muay Thai calendar, attracting participants from all over the world.


During the reign of King Tak Sin the Great, the king had a close aide-de-amp named “Phraya Pihai Dab Hak”. The latter had studied the art of Muay Thai with many famous teachers and displayed his talent for the King. As a result, he was chosen to become a soldier, and was later promoted to the position of Chao Muang (governor) with his name recorded in history.

In the Ratanakosin Period, Muay Thai was still a national art form, with competitions in annual national festivals. Time-keeping was done by floating a pierced coconut shell. When the coconut sank, a drum would be beaten to signal the end of a round. In 1788, during the reign of King Rama I, two French brothers arrived in Thailand by boat, having defeated many boxers across the Indo-China Penninsula. King Rama I consulted the Crown Prince, his brother, who offered to find boxers to fight against the Frenchmen. Phraya Phra Klang would accept the challenge, settling the bet at 50 chang (4,000 bhat). The Crown Prince chose a boxer named Muen Plan of the Royal Guards. The match was held in the grounds of the Grand Palace. Muen Plan wore full battle regalia – bare chested, seeped in magic charms, cabalistic writing and oils to ensure invulnerability. When the fight began, the large French fighter tried to attack, aiming for the neck and collar-bone. Muen Plan defended himself with Muay Thai. The other Frenchman, seeing his brother making no progress became frustrated, and pushed Muen Plan’s back to stop him from backing away. Members of the Royal Guards saw this break of boxing etiquette and proceeded to help Muen Plan tackle the two Frenchmen until they had to be carried back to the boat. They set sail the next day, with no thought of ever challenging a Thai Boxer again.


During the reign of King Rama V, Muay Thai matches were widely popular. Boxing matches were held for the King’s pleasure. Skilled boxers received titles from the King, for example Muen Muay Mee Chue from Chaiya, Muen Muay Man Mudh from Lopburi and Muen Cha-ngad Cherng Chok from Korat. Also in this period, boxing camps were established. Members of the royal family sent out talent scouts to recruit potential boxers from up-country and arranged matches between camps. Winners would receive money and valuable prizes. This period could well be called ‘the Golden Age of Muay Thai’.

During the reign of King Rama VI, Thai boxing matches became more widespread. Matches that used to be held in make-shift rings in any available courtyard gave way to a standard raised ring surrounded by ropes. The first ring was built in 1921 at Suan Kularp field. Although standard rings were available, boxers still bound their hands with rope. Foreign boxers came to take on Thai boxers. An important free-style match took place between Young Harntalay and Chin Chang from China which attracted a huge crowd of spectators. The result was that Young Harntalay floored Ching Chang with a beautiful kick. In this period, they also had referees in the ring and kept time by the clock. These innovations were probably adopted from abroad.

Rope binding was needed until 1929 when boxing gloves took its place. Earlier at the Lumpini Park Ring, a Filipino boxer gave an international style boxing exhibition with boxing gloves. Later, gloves were also used in student boxing matches (called “Muay Farang”) and in professional international boxing between Thai and foreign boxers. This led the organizers of Thai style boxing to see that gloves were less dangerous than rope-binding, and decided that gloves should be adopted in Muay Thai. However, fighting with elbows, knees, feet and fists would still be allowed.

Although many improvements or changes were applied. These included the type of ring; breaking each bout into rounds; using the minute-system of time keeping; and using gloves. Interestingly, the original Thai boxer’s groin guard consisted of a triangular-shaped pillow tied to the waist. The pillows were red or blue according to the boxer’s corner. These ‘guards’ remained in use until Thai a boxer visited Malaysia where he saw foreign boxers using ‘modern’ jock straps. He brought the idea back to Thailand. Since then jock straps have replaced the ‘triangular pillows’.

During the reign of King Rama VII, in the revolutionary period, permanent boxing stadiums were established both in Bangkok and in the provinces. They gradually disappeared in 1942 during World War II. After the war, boxing stadiums sprang up like mushrooms overnight. Skilled boxers from up-country flocked to Bangkok to take part in tournaments. Finally, the first standard boxing stadium was established – the Rajdamnern Stadium in 1945. Rules were set, and later on regular bouts were set at 5 rounds of 3 minutes each, with a two-minute interval between rounds. The weight was taken down in stones (like for horse racing) and later converted into kilograms.

In the early days, the match-maker system was used. Stadium officials would organize matches providing cups or talent jackets as prizes. Matches were not classified into weight groups until many years later when the pound system replaced stones and kilograms. International names were given for each weight group, such as flyweight and bantamweight. Matches were arranged to select a champion for each class, following the international style.

Muay Thai is still developing, but what remains unchanged is the use of the pipe and drums as musical accompaniments for the matches. This remains a unique characteristic of Muay Thai. Muay Thai has been initiated under many names, which have not received prolonged interest because the original has already become known worldwide.

Many additions have been made to the regulations of Muay Thai. It is forbidden now to hit the private parts since this technique has become quite infamous as a form of attack and is considered debasing for the fine art of Thai boxing. Muay Thai remains a national art form. If all parties concerned help to uplift and conserve this form of martial arts – and faithfully pass it onto following generations – it will remain a valuable possession of the Thai nation and a wonderful gift to the world at large.

Rugby-Cooper pitted against Muay Thai veteran in pro-boxing debut

Rugby-Cooper pitted against Muay Thai veteran in pro-boxing debut

Jan 10 (Reuters) – Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper was on Thursday pitted against Muay Thai veteran Barry Dunnett for his professional boxing debut scheduled in Brisbane next month.

The 24-year-old New Zealand-born back is currently honing his punching skills in Brisbane ahead of the charity bout which will keep him out of the Queensland Reds’ second and final pre-season trial.

When he steps into the ring at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Feb. 8 on the undercard of close friend and former All Black Sonny Bill Williams’ bout with Francois Botha, Cooper will confront a 32-year-old rival with some credentials as a fighter.

“He’s fought for a Queensland light heavyweight Thai boxing title. He’s had two pro-boxing fights, one win and one loss, in 2010,” Shannon King, whose Corporate Box facility Dunnett used for practice, was quoted as saying by the Brisbane Times.

“He’s not a basketball player turned boxer. It’s all he’s done for the past eight years as a sport. If he goes down, it will be because he’s sleeping, or because he’s got a rib pushing on a vital organ. He won’t give up,” King added.

According to the report, Dunnett has fought 15 times under Muay Thai rules which allow the use of elbow and knee, and the pair will meet for the first time on Friday at a media session.

On the rugby field Cooper was a shadow of his creative self last year, producing a number of below-par performances after recovering from a serious knee injury and featuring in a well-publicised spats with the governing body.

His boxing venture appeared to have the backing of Queensland Reds coach Ewan McKenzie.

“If you are going to put yourself out there in front of a big TV audience and a crowd one-on-one … you can’t help think he is getting some benefit from a confidence point of view,” McKenzie told reporters on Tuesday.

“He’s been getting his boxing done around normal training. The quality of his rugby training has been outstanding, he seems in a very good space.” (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Ossian Shine)