What is the Difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

A lot of people think Muay Thai and Kickboxing are the same, which is not true. They do have some similarities but there are some major differences between these two martial arts. If you’re looking to learn one of these martial arts then first you need to know what Muay Thai and Kickboxing actually are.

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai, as its name suggests, originates in Thailand and dates back over a thousand years. The techniques used in Muay Thai have their roots in Muay Boran, a form of ancient boxing taught to soldiers so they could fight when disarmed. Muay Thai grew as a sport and a form of combat. There is evidence suggesting that Muay Thai competitions have been taking place for hundreds of years. Thai citizens and soldiers alike learned this ancient martial art for self-defense.

It was during the late 18th and 19th century that Muay Thai was modernized in the ways in which it was taught and how the competitions took place.

What Is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing brings us to the 20th century, during the 1960s and 1970s. It was during this time that kickboxing was first developed. It is more of a western term used for combat styles such as Muay Thai, Karate and Kyokushin.

The people of the Indochinese region call it full-contact karate, kickboxing evolved from Japanese martial artists learning the ways of Muay Thai and related systems in the 1960s.

Differences between Muay Thai & Kickboxing

  • Muay Thai fighters can use both their elbows, knees, feet and fists. Kickboxers only use fists and feet.
  • When it comes to clinching and grappling during a fight, Muay Thai fighters are allowed to grapple their opponents for close combat knee and elbow strikes. Kickboxers are not allowed to grapple their rivals and any clinching will be broken up by the referee.
  • In Muay Thai, fighters are allowed kicks to the legs, essentially anywhere below the waist with the exception of the groin region. Kickboxers are not typically allowed to strike below the waist, though it can change depending on style and Country.
  • Muay Thai fights start out slow as both fighters get the feel of each other, building up momentum with each passing round. In kickboxing, both fighters start out strong, trying to go for a KO as early in the fight as possible.
  • Muay Thai fighters perform rituals, prayers and ceremonial dances before a fight. They wear armbands, boxing gloves and shorts during a fight. Kickboxers have different variations depending on the region from where they come from.


Both Muay Thai and Kickboxing are great martial arts, deserving respect. Fighters of both disciplines train hard to compete in their tournaments as both are full-contact martial arts. These require the utmost focus and commitment from their practitioner as only the best get to compete for glory and honor.

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4 Ways to Be a Great Training Partner for Muay Thai

All martial arts require good sportsmanship and Muay Thai is no different. If you love Muay Thai then you know how good it makes you feel when you train and spar. This cannot be true for everyone however as some people are not lucky enough to have good partners. Training and sparring with your classmates requires that you have a good personality. A good person always teaches others and in the case of Muay Thai, he/she always does their best to be a good training partner.

Here are four ways to enforce the idea of how to be a good training partner in Muay Thai:

1: Don’t Be a Jerk

No one likes people who are arrogant and display how good they are at something as if they’re the best. If you want the other person to feel comfortable sparring with you, then keep it light hearted. You don’t have to be cracking jokes in the middle of the session, just say something to ease the tension (if any) between you and your partner. This is especially helpful when sparring with a person of opposite sex as being a bit loony can give you two the jolt to spar better rather than keeping your distance. When the time is right, smile and crack a little joke, but make sure that you don’t make someone a target of your joke as it will be very disrespectful.

2: Give Others a Chance by Thinking Positive

As sparring is crucial to Muay Thai training, chances are that you might pair up with a member of the opposite sex. This can make most people nervous, especially if a guy is paired with a girl. Guys will be hesitant to kick or punch a lady and won’t want to be the ones who ‘raised their hands at a woman’. Relax! This is Muay Thai; anyone who takes up Muay Thai knows what they’re getting into. When sparring with a person from the opposite sex, just make sure that you follow the rules of Muay Thai. If you’re more experienced, give them a nudge in the right direction and let them hit you a few times to make them feel comfortable. This will show them that you are a positive person and are giving them a chance to learn.

3: Don’t be a Know it All

When learning Muay Thai at a gym, you are there to learn from the instructor. No matter how many YouTube videos and Muay Thai fights you may have seen, don’t try to be a know-it-all and try to show everyone you know everything there is to know about Muay Thai. Everyone is there to learn from the Muay Thai instructor so instead of trying to show off new techniques, go with the class. In time you will realize how little you actually know, as training and learning from a real instructor is never going to be the same as watching videos on the internet. Flow with your teammates and if you think you can do a technique in a better way then make sure that you consult with your instructor quietly instead of boasting loudly about your immense knowledge.

4: Keep a Cool head

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Martial arts are all about learning patience and discipline. Sparring in Muay Thai is about learning and getting the feel of how a real fight would be like. Don’t lose yourself in the heat of combat and hit your partner with powerful blows to knock them out. Remember, this is not a match, it is a training session and you’re both there to learn. If you hit too hard then the other person will get bruised needlessly and will most likely make a complaint against you. No one will want to spar with you again and you will lose credibility. If you want to hit hard then do it in the ring or on the bags. In such times deep breathing is always helpful and can help calm your nerves.

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Metabolic Training for Muay Thai

learn muay thai 2Metabolic training is a common supplement for the modern day Muay Thai fighter. The new craze of CrossFit has really emphasised how much metabolic training can improve and influence your Muay Thai game. To sum it up, it’s a transition between many exercises focuses on lifting your own body weight or more in quick succession, with a very minimal rest between each exercise. It focuses of anaerobic work outs, improving your cardio and stripping fat like nobody’s business. It can be an incredibly effective tool, but can also result in over training and running the risk of nasty injuries, so it’s important that it’s regulated and used in the right way. At the end of the day, there’s no point training to improve your Muay Thai if it leaves you ruled out with injury for six to eight weeks every time. Here we suggest a few tips for those of you that are pursuing metabolic training to give your fighting a boost.

The Good…

abs-torso_2605017-792814By adding in some extra training, you can really reap the benefits. By pushing yourself through CrossFit exercises, you can give your cardio a boost, the minimal recovery time puts your body in a similar situation to a fight. This is going to help you go longer and faster when it comes down to it. Pushing through also helps build your mental strength, instilling a never back down attitude in your fighting game letting you give 100% right to the end.

CrossFit training also works the majority of your major muscle groups. Combine it with a clean diet and the right attitude your gains can go off the scale. You’ll notice improvements all over the place and be surprising yourself doing things that you couldn’t do before.

Regulate It…

wanted-muay-thai-beginners-todayIf you hit CrossFit too hard though, the bad can really outweigh the good. If you train too hard you run the risk of injury, if its by over stretching or trying to lift too much you’ll do massive damage. You need to remember that the weights training is in addition to your Muay Thai, you’re trying to become the World’s Strongest Man. You need to focus each exercise on an aspect of Muay Thai that you are trying to improve, whether its speed, power or balance.

Over training really is the big thing to avoid, so you only want to be doing 1-2 sessions of the extra weight training on a weekly basis. It’s also a good idea not to spend too long on each exercise type, otherwise you’ll be looking ridiculous being absolutely built in the upper body but with tiny chicken legs. Change the exercise every 6 weeks to keep the improvements even.

Ideally to avoid injury, your CrossFit Sessions shouldn’t go over 20 minutes in length, and should only consist of three to five exercises with no more than five sets on each. If you really want to gain weight you can look at super setting, but that isn’t for everyone and once again runs a higher risk of injury.

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Trаvеlіng tо Thаіlаnd аnd Trаіnіng іn Muау Thаі Kоh Sаmuі

Muay Thai in Koh Samui

Muау Thаі іѕ аn аnсіеnt mаrtіаl аrt thаt оrіgіnаtеd іn Thаіlаnd аnd hаѕ bееn аrоund ѕіnсе thе 13th сеnturу. Knоwn аѕ thе Sсіеnсе оr Art оf Eіght Lіmbѕ, Muау Thаі uѕеѕ еіght lіmbѕ-twо hаndѕ, twо еlbоwѕ, twо fееt аnd twо knееѕ-іn аttасkіng аnd dеfеndіng. Thе mаrtіаl аrt саn bе а hоbbу, wоrkоut оr ѕроrt, dереndіng оn whо рrасtісеѕ іt. In whісhеvеr wау thе реrѕоn vіеwѕ іt, Thаі Bоxіng сultіvаtеѕ а ѕtrоngеr bоdу, dіѕсірlіnеd mіnd аnd dеtеrmіnеd ѕоul. Thе арреаl оf Muау Thаі hаѕ rеасhеd nеіghbоrіng Aѕіаn соuntrіеѕ аѕ wеll аѕ thе Wеѕt. In rесеnt уеаrѕ, thеrе hаѕ bееn аn аbundаnсе оf Thаі саmрѕ іn dіffеrеnt раrtѕ оf thе wоrld. Nоnеthеlеѕѕ, fоr реорlе whо аrе rеаllу іntо thе ѕроrt, thеrе іѕ реrhарѕ nо bеttеr рlасе tо trаіn but іn Thаіlаnd іtѕеlf. It саn bе vеrу іnѕріrіng tо trаіn іn а соuntrу whеrе Thаі Bоxіng іѕ hіghlу аррrесіаtеd аnd fіghtеrѕ аrе wеll-rеѕресtеd.


Kоh Sаmuі іѕ аn іѕlаnd іn Thаіlаnd thаt іѕ fаmоuѕ fоr іtѕ ѕсеnіс bеаutу аnd еxсеllеnt Muау Thаі саmрѕ. Eасh уеаr, bоxіng еnthuѕіаѕtѕ оf vаrіоuѕ nаtіоnаlіtіеѕ vіѕіt thе іѕlаnd tо rеlаx, trаіn оr bоth. A fоrеіgn fіghtеr (оthеrwіѕе knоwn аѕ а nаk muау fаrаng) wіll lіkеlу bе mоtіvаtеd tо trаіn іn Kоh Sаmuі, whеrе аlmоѕt еvеrуоnе іѕ раѕѕіоnаtе аbоut thе ѕроrt. Aftеr а hаrd dау’ѕ trаіnіng аt саmр, thе fаrаng саn rеlаx іn оnе оf Kоh Sаmuі’ѕ mаnу bеаutіful bеасhеѕ whіlе wаtсhіng thе brеаth-tаkіng ѕunѕеt. It іѕ hаrd tо bесоmе fаtіguеd іn а рlасе оf grаndеur аnd аmоngѕt lосаlѕ раѕѕіоnаtе аbоut іt’ѕ Numbеr 1 ѕроrt.


Thаі Bоxіng dоеѕ nоt іnvоlvе rаndоm kісkіng, рunсhіng, еlbоw аnd knее thruѕtѕ. Thе аnсіеnt аrt hаѕ а соrrесt tесhnіquе thаt а nеwbіе ѕhоuld lеаrn frоm а mаѕtеr trаіnеr. Exсеllеnt trаіnеrѕ аnd ѕtаtе-оf-thе-аrt bоxіng fасіlіtіеѕ аrе аvаіlаblе іn саmрѕ fоund оn thе іѕlаnd. Exреrt Thаі bоxеrѕ аnd сhаmріоn fіghtеrѕ соnduсt Muау Thаі сlаѕѕеѕ іn thе Kоh Sаmuі саmрѕ. In thеѕе саmрѕ, Thаі іnѕtruсtоrѕ соnduсt а hоlіѕtіс tуре оf trаіnіng thаt fосuѕеѕ nоt оnlу оn thе рhуѕісаl tесhnіquеѕ but аlѕо оn thе ѕріrіtuаl lеѕѕоnѕ оf Muау Thаі. Thеу аlѕо ѕhаrе thеіr еxреrіеnсеѕ аbоut lеаrnіng, trаіnіng аnd fіnаllу mаѕtеrіng thе аnсіеnt аrt. It саn bе а unіquе рrіvіlеgе tо trаіn іn Thаіlаnd аnd bе tаught Muау Thаі tесhnіquеѕ bу gеnuіnе аnd tаlеntеd Thаі fіghtеrѕ.


Cаmрѕ іn Kоh Sаmuі hаvе trаіnіng fееѕ thаt аrе rеаѕоnаblу рrісеd. Onе саn рау іn Thаі bаht оr U.S. Dоllаrѕ еіthеr thrоugh саѕh оr сrеdіt саrd. Thеrе аrе dіffеrеnt rооm ассоmmоdаtіоnѕ thаt аrе fіt fоr dіffеrеnt budgеtѕ. Dереndіng оn thе budgеt, а fаrаng саn сhооѕе rооmѕ wіth thе bеѕt аmеnіtіеѕ ѕuсh аѕ а ѕwіmmіng рооl, саblе TV, Wі-Fі оr ѕіmрlеr rооmѕ wіth а соmfоrtаblе bеd аnd аіr-соndіtіоnіng. Thеrе аrе аlѕо іn-саmр саntееnѕ tо buу fооd frоm. Nоnеthеlеѕѕ, а fаrаng саn lеаvе thе рrеmіѕеѕ оf thе саmр tо trу оut thе rеѕtаurаntѕ nеаr іt. Thаі dіеt соnѕіѕtѕ mаіnlу оf ѕаvоrу nооdlеѕ аnd rісе. A fоrеіgn Muау Thаі fіghtеr аlѕо dоеѕ nоt hаvе tо wоrrу аbоut еnсоuntеrіng lаnguаgе bаrrіеrѕ. Mајоrіtу оf Thаі lосаlѕ саn ѕреаk fluеnt Englіѕh аnd аrе vеrу ассоmmоdаtіng tо guеѕtѕ.


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Muay Thai vs BJJ: Which One is Right for You?

DSC_0149-1aMuay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are both exciting forms of martial arts that are enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Deciding which one to train in can be a tough choice to make. It really comes down to what style of martial arts you like best. 

Reasons to Do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 

Your body size and muscle mass have nothing to do with your ability to succeed in BJJ. It’s all about the specific skills that you learn while training. This means that you could be the shortest, skinniest person in your class or at a competition and still do quite well.  Being larger or even physically stronger than your opponent doesn’t matter very much when it comes to fighting BJJ style

BJJ is also great for self-defense purposes. This can make it a great choice for women who may be especially concerned about protecting themselves in the event of being in a dangerous situation. Men also benefit from knowing how to protect themselves in an effective fashion.

It also teaches you about the nature of fighting and trains you to think carefully about the strategies that you are using in fights. There’s no mindless punching or kicking. You must calculate your moves according to the situation that you are in.

BJJ is a workout for both the mind and body.  A lot of strategy is required, which makes this sport very mentally stimulating. In addition, many people who practice this form of martial arts feel that there is always something new to learn or something to improve on.


Positives of Muay Thai 

Muay Thai is a physically demanding form of martial arts that involves kicking and striking. It’s great for building muscle and for maintaining your weight. Many who train in this sport mention having more muscle definition, particularly in the legs and abs.

If you are interested in mixed martial arts or are already and MMA fighting, give Muay Thai some serious consideration. While training, you can learn to increase how far your strikes extend. You also learn to how to fight with your legs. In this style of fighting, kicks can be used as an extremely effecting method for fending off an opponent’s attacks or for bringing you opponent down. Such fighting techniques can make a big difference in MMA competitions.

Benefits of Both

While it’s easy to get into a big debate about which is better, know that both Muay Thai and BJJ have excellent benefits. Training in martial arts is a great way to get exercise and to practice physical fitness. It’s also a fantastic way to build confidence and to gain self-defense strategies that might help in real-life situations, not just in a fighting match in an arena.


If you are still feeling uncertain, consider giving both a try. Many companies offer trial classes that can help you make your decision. Remember, it’s all about what suits your individual goals and preferences.


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Essentials of a Proper Muay Thai School

learn muay thai 3It is important for you to know what constitutes an effective environment for learning Muay Thai skills. If you want to join a school for training in Muay Thai, you should know of the basic and reasonable conditions that make learning successful and effective. This is what forms the basis of our practice at North Edmonton and St. Albert and that is what puts us at the apex of success as a martial arts school.


A Muay Thai school should have structures and equipment for both aerobic and anaerobic physical exercise. This will enable the trainees to exercise appropriately besides the actual training. A relaxed body can withstand long or prolonged training session while achieving the most in terms of skill acquisition by the trainees.  Arashi Do strives to offer the best equipment available on and off the mats to make your training experience as enjoyable as possible.

Muay Thai schools should have the training mats kept in the most hygienic condition. This will help prevent infections and spread of diseases among trainees. Unfortunately this is not common practice amongst most gyms.  We clean our mats daily, twice on those days where workouts are extra tough to ensure no infections are spread. The health of the students is a priority, it not only makes the school attractive as a martial arts learning destination, but no one wants to miss training because of a nasty rash.  Gym equipment is also cleaned after every use.

The training area in the school is well ventilated, free of clutter as well as fitted with good lighting. This helps to prevent accidents associated with tripping and injuries. It also has basic facilities like changing areas, showers and washrooms. It is important to us to have students train in the most comfortable condition achievable.  I have been to many schools that have gaps in the mat, uneven mats, torn equipment, no changerooms or bathrooms.  The list goes on.

The quality of training for the members should not be compromised by any means. This means a lot both for the success of the student as well as minimizing the cost of managing damages to structures and injuries to our trainees. Therefore our school offers the most professional martial arts instructors available. Our school has set the standards for qualification of instructors in order to ensure that only instructors of good reputation are engaged.

Our martial arts schools has manuals, guides and other learning resources that can help both the trainees and instructors improve their skill sets.  We offer extra matted space to work on techniques before or after class to ensure you nail the moves you need more practice with. It will then make it much easier to assess and manage progress. Our school is constantly investing in resource materials in order to develop the skills it hopes to cultivate in the members.

Arashi Do Martial Arts has a core objective, mission, vision and resolutions that guide the training. We teach with ethical values in mind that display the Art of Muay Thai in a good light to potential students and the community. This is because martial arts are an ancient art that has survived centuries and has bee nurtured through observance of such values.

Our martial arts school has both internal rules that guide trainers and trainees as well as general rules for the standards of the art. We will teach you and help you achieve your goals while also staying strong to the quality needed to advance through the ranks of Muay Thai. This will help you from losing motivation in your goal of the training. This will also boost discipline among the students and establish a culture of responsibility among the trainees.

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