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Muay Thai and Kickboxing
Over the past decade, Muay Thai has exploded internationally. Whether looking to compete, get in shape, or just have some fun hitting pads, practitioners and fans of the sport outside Thailand are at an all-time high. As passionate as many are, there is still some confusion over the distinctions that make Thai Boxing a unique art. Namely, people tend to conflate Muay Thai with a ruleset a bit more familiar to the international community: Kickboxing. It’s an understandable mistake, both are combat sports allowing striking with the hands and feet. Beyond that, however, they are entirely different games. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the basic differences you’ll see between a Muay Thai and Kickboxing fight.
A fundamental error people make when talking about Thai Boxing is labeling it a striking art. Muay Thai fighters, while focused on delivering powerful strikes, are outst