Kickboxing is a term used to describe a large number of different combat sports and martial arts that incorporate kicks and punches. However, that broad description can encompass various kickboxing styles, various ramifications of traditional karate or other martial arts, as well as a style in itself. Muay Thai is one of the most popular forms of kickboxing.
The term Kickboxing is often used as a general term, to cover any type of combat sport involving kicks and punches, as well as many other techniques. However, the term is used to more accurately describe the kind of competition that was started by American karate practitioners like Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris, who tried to test their skills in the ring. They wore boxing gloves and foot protectors while competing in the ring, using karate kicks and boxing shots to create a hybrid combat sport known as full contact kickboxing or freestyle karate.
Freestyle karate and full contact kickboxing usually require participants to wear boxing gloves and padded foot protectors. Most styles do not allow kicks in the legs or, with the emphasis rather on the fast pace, there is aggressive fighting with high and extravagant high kicks and a strong focus on boxing. Other styles included the K1, which was created in Japan as a branch of full contact karate with styles of Karate such as Kyokushin and and Seidokaikan, which is the main kickboxing organization in the world today. The K1 rules allow kicks in the legs and the rest of the body, in addition to knee blows.
Muay Thai is a martial art derived from the ancient arts of the battlefield of Thailand such as the Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong. Literally it is translated as "Thai boxing" and is often identified as the "eight member science". The eight members refer to the allowed weapons. Unlike ordinary kickboxing, Muay Thai allows for strokes with knees and elbows, as well as punches and kicks. The Muay Thai bouts take a lot of kicks in the legs to stop the opponent, as well as a lot of grabs. Grip work is a specialty of Muay Thai in which you control the upper body of your opponent with the arms, to hit him with the knees and elbows or to throw them to the canvas.
Kickboxing vs. Muay Thai
Many kickboxers compete in Muay Thai tournaments and vice versa, and both are commonly used by people looking to be more eye-catching for mixed martial arts competitions.The main differences in the styles are focused on the allowed techniques. Muay Thai contains a greater variety of hits with the knees and elbows, while the addition of the grips makes it an effective fighter in all ranges. Kickboxing tends to focus more on mobility, moving around the opponent in search of clean shots, while Muay Thai fighters often try to wear down an opponent with repeated heavy kicks on the legs or even on the wrestler's guard. Even the kicks are given differently, with the Muay Thai the hard pimple is used to hit instead of the feet with its multiple small bones. Most mixed martial artists will become Muay Thai to supplement their blows due to available weapons and cross application.