As a Muay Thai studio, we’ve heard the question quite a bit. So we’re here to set the record straight. And undoubtedly, it’s a fair question, for someone who will observe from a distance– it will look pretty much the same.
Let us dive in and explore the main similarities and differences between these two martial arts.
Let’s look at the similarities first:
Both of the arts use punching and kicking techniques, strategic foot work and distancing as well as effective defence against striking attacks by an opponent.
That alone would make the fundamentals of both arts identical to a certain extent.
What is the difference then?
1. The primary difference between the arts is that Muay Thai uses what’s called “The Art of Eight Limbs” or the 8 points striking system: utilising your hands, feet, knees & elbows to strike while Kick Boxing uses only 4: hands & feet.
2. Visibly – Muay Thai is much more aggressive then Kick Boxing. While a Muay Thai fighter is trained to move primarily forward with an obvious attacking intention, a Kick Boxer will be more defensive, use more circular and evasive moves and be more fluid in his actions.
3. The effectiveness of the approach. Muay Thai training focuses on very simple & powerful strikes that produces a LOT of damage if it hits. However, not off balancing the striker if it misses – making it very effective. In Kick Boxing, on the other hand, you may find wider range of kicks and punches that might give the fighter more movement diversity and arsenal BUT will not be as effective and might bring the performer to lose balance if the strikes don’t land properly.
In Hanuman Muay Thai & Fitness, we focus mainly on Muay Thai as we view it as a more complete system that utilize all the striking aspects, it is more concrete for the practitioner to utilize if needed and it is the original authentic art as was and is practiced originally in Thailand.