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Mauy Thai Vs. Boxing: Similarities and Differences

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Published: August 2, 2021
Updated: August 2, 2021

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Muay Thai and boxing are two different combat sports that have many similarities but also some differences.

It is important to know the difference between Muay thai and boxing if you want to be a strong fighter. This article will discuss what might make one sport more suited for your style of fighting than the other, or why they may not be right for you at all.

First, we will take a look at each sport individually. What the techniques are, rules of combat, main moves, equipment associated, and culture behind each combat sport. Then, we will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between boxing and Muay Thai, which should give you enough information to easily understand where each sport is different. Hopefully, this will arm you with enough knowledge to choose a discipline to practice or watch!

What is Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art that originates from Thailand. It's a combat sport based on stand-up fighting technique that includes punches, kicks, knees and elbows.

The goal of the game is to lure your opponent into attacking first so you can counter their attacks with more powerful strikes. Muay Thai fighters are known for using combinations of kicks and punches which makes them deadly!

Brief History of Muay Thai

The history of Muay Thai is a long one. The art was born out of a battle between the Thai people and Mongolians in the 13th century. Legend has it that an army of thousands of Thais beat off the Mongols on their own home turf using Muay Thai fighting techniques!

Realizing its effectiveness, King Nari in the mid 1600s decreed that Muay Thai was to be a national sport and should practiced at least once per week for health and self defense reasons. Since then, this martial art has been used throughout time for both military purposes or entertainment by fighters who often fight for money or prestige.

Rules and Regulations of Muay Thai

By understanding the rules of Muay Thai, you can better understand what makes the sport different than boxing. With this combat discipline, as long as you are standing pretty much anything goes.

Techniques in Muay Thai (punches, kicks, elbows, knees)

The most commonly used punches by Muay Thai fighters are the jab and cross, however they also use uppercuts and hooks. When it comes to kicking, Muays tend to deliver roundhouse kicks or hook kicks as their main moves. While kicking may not be as reliable at delivering power to an opponent compared to punching, it's still one of the most essential moves in Muay Thai.

Muay Thai fighters also use blocks that are called "shoulder rolls". It's done by raising up both your arms and then crossing them to cover your face and upper body from punches and elbows thrown by your opponent. This technique is heavily utilized when you're closer to your opponent, but it can also be used as a defense mechanism while you're farther away too; just imagine how well this would work if someone attacked you with their bare knuckles! Muay Thai fighters tend to throw more knees than kicks at long ranges because they give the fighter more distance between themselves and their opponents.

Equipment used for Muay Thai (gloves, shin guards)

Muay Thai typically uses gloves and shinguards. More traditional about may substitute gloves with rope hand wraps. Gloves are used to protect your hands and knuckles from getting damaged. The gloves also come with foam inserts that make it easier for you to hit harder without hurting yourself too much. While Muay Thai fighters mainly use their shins, fists and forearms in fights; they can also kick opponents using their shinguards instead of their feet!

What is Boxing

Boxing is a martial art that originated in Ancient Greece. It's a combat sport involving standing up fighting technique, with the goal of knocking out your opponents.

Brief History of Boxing

The history of boxing starts with the ancient Greeks. They were believed to have used boxing as a technique in combat training to prepare their soldiers for battle. The Greeks would also use boxing to build strength and endurance. Not only this, but the Greeks also created various kinds of fighting gear which they would use when practicing boxing. This is one of the earliest forms of punching as a combat sport, which sets it apart from many other martial arts.

In America, boxing has been around since the early 1700s. The popularity of boxing grew throughout the years and so did the amount of techniques used in the sport. In 1866, gloves were introduced to boxers for their safety, because punching with bare fists would cause too much harm. That's also where the famous phrase "may the best man win" was created!

Rules and Regulations of Boxing

Techniques in Boxing

The main punches in boxing are the jab and cross. The jab is a quick punch, while the cross is a slower but more powerful punch. Boxing punches are delivered with one hand at a time. Punches can also be thrown from different angles, called "jabs" and "hooks." In boxing there are no kicks or hits below the belt.

The next most important moves in boxing are "slips" and "dodges." Dodging is extremely useful for avoiding punches from your opponents. A slip, on the other hand, is used by the fighter to avoid body shots that can leave you winded if they make contact.

Equipment used for Boxing (gloves)

The only equipment you need for boxing is a pair of heavy gloves. No shin guards needed because it is only your hands that will be responsible for damaging your opponent.

Similarities and Differences between Boxing and Muay Thai

Both the sport of Boxing and Muay Thai are striking martial arts. However, while boxing punches mostly rely on using your hands, Muay Thai tends to favor more kicks and knees in their fighting styles.

The Muay Thai fighters also make use of their shins and forearms to kick opponents while the boxer relies more on his fists. Muay Thai has many elbow strikes that can be utilized in order to deal damage at a long range, whereas boxing doesn't have any long range techniques like this.

With these two martial arts, it is no wonder that they seem to be quite different. They also have many differences when it comes to training methods and styles. Boxing is usually done inside of an enclosed ring, while Muay Thai is performed in a square arena called a muay thai or "ring." In boxing you are only allowed to throw punches; however, in Muay Thai fighters can throw kicks, knees and elbows. Muay Thai also uses ropes to wrap up their  gloves while boxers use heavy gloves with foam inserts.

1. Thai boxers will always fight to the full extent of time in each round and attempt to knock out their opponent, whereas boxing fighters are given a set amount of time, or rounds, to try and finish their opponent.

2. Muay thai fighters are allowed to use elbows as well as punches. Boxing fighters only punch with their hands.

3. Muay Thai is not limited to boxing gloves- often times they wear elbow and shin guards to protect themselves from harm. Boxing gloves are just that, gloves that cover the hand on top of the fists with padding for protection during the fight.

4. Muay Thai fights can be held outdoors but boxing is typically found in a ring with a referee

Final Thoughts

Muay Thai is a combat sport that uses stand-up fighting techniques such as punches, kicks, elbows and knees. The goal of the game is to lure your opponent into attacking first and then counter their attack with more powerful strikes. Boxing is the sport of fighting with your fists. It's an ancient and well known martial art that has been practiced for centuries. Boxing is based on delivering punches to the opponent's body or head. While boxing relies mostly on using its hands in order to deliver damage, Muay Thai fighters make use of their shins or forearms when kicking opponents at a distance from themselves while also utilizing elbow moves up close; making these two styles seem very different but similar in many ways!

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