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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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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A Brief History of MMA – Muay Thai

buddhas_thailand-t2In spite of the importance of the fists in mixed martial arts competitions, and in spite of the fact that boxing has always been a full-contact event, MMA requires more than just the fists to strike with. Thailand has a tradition of mixed martial arts events going back to the earliest records. While boxing is arguably the national combat sport of the English-speaking world, Muay Thai is without dispute the national sport of Thailand. There is even a Muay Thai Day celebrated on March 17 in honor of the sport and its place in Thailand’s national culture and history. 

Muay Thai is unique among historical full-contact sports due to a combination of several factors: the laxity of its rules, the length of time it has been practiced, and its enormous popularity throughout the millennia since its inception. Unlike the Roman pancratium, Muay Thai did not lose its popularity to other events; it has remained strong right up until today. It is thus the greatest example of a living, full-contact, mixed martial arts tradition. Modern kickboxing and the mixed martial arts style shoot boxing, both originating in Japan in the twentieth century, were inspired by it.

Nearby countries also practice the sport but under different names and sometimes with more extreme rules. The Burmese Lethwei traditionally had no rules at all. Even biting was allowed. A knocked-out competitor was asked upon revival if he wished to continue the fight. Only the acknowledged submission of the adversary enabled a competitor to win. An adversary’s simply refusing to submit no matter what occurred, including death, would result in a draw.

Muay Thai traditionally allowed striking with any part of the body. This meant that fists, elbows, knees, shins, feet, and the head were all used. Grappling was also allowed and was used for holding the opponent to deliver strikes and to slam the opponent to the ground. No part of the body was off-limits to attack, and some fighters specialized in striking the groin with the knee, foot, or other parts. Kicks were often aimed at the knee of the opponent’s supporting leg in order to break it.

As Muay Thai evolved as an art with military application just as wrestling styles did, the prohibition against continuing the fight on the ground is understandable. Fists were often wrapped in sturdy rope, and adding sharp materials to the rope was not unknown. Victory was attained by beating the adversary to such a degree that he could not continue the match. Thus, developing toughness was a key element in training. In more recent times the rules have been altered in favor of protecting the competitors more. Points are now tallied, head butts and groin strikes prohibited, and modern boxing gloves worn.


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Muay Thai for Self Defense

P1030554Muay Thai or Thai boxing is an early method of self-defense settled on the battlegrounds of early Thailand. These days, Muay Thai is utilized throughout the globe. The prevailing and demoralizing bone breaking methods of this form martial art are utilized by the Thai army, the US Navy and even the CIA. There’s no colored belt classifying scheme in Muay Thai, some martial arts make use of colored belts to display the progression and ability level of the student.


A Muay Thai student tests their abilities in the Thai boxing ring; these complete contact oppositions could be really brutal sometimes. The combatants are concentrated on winning the belts that prove their prevailing ability of Muay Thai battle. The outstanding methods taught in this technique are really prevailing. This martial art includes small in the way of contending methods, the weight is more for the bone-breaking kicks, prevailing punches, and shuddering knee and elbow assaults. Students of Muay Thai are trained in order to be able to place a challenger down with only one hit, typically breaking bones and sometimes killing them with only a deadly kick or elbow method.

The reason that this prevailing martial art was settled and formed in early battlefields where there were constantly numerous assailants, is that it did not use methods which involved coping submission holds or on the ground, it’s established to rapidly kill a challenger in as quick and operational method as possible. These battleground challengers were trained in sword battle that created the necessity for a reliable and operative martial art necessary. In this situation, you did not want the battle to end up in the worst situation; this can show to be deadly for a Thai combatant. An advocate of the moment was capable of using swords, spears, sticks, and prevailing attacks. The attacks and weapon actions were always trained causing them to be hard, fast, and really precise. It’s in these circumstances and setting which Muay Thai was settled into a quick reactive martial art with an outstanding weapons scheme.

Throughout the years it’s intended to add essentials of contending and submission grips, however martial art advanced as a ring sport before contending methods can be added. Many martial performers from other kinds have begun making use of and executing the outstanding methods of Muay Thai into their personal method. The terribly operative utilization of both knee and elbow techniques are dreaded and appreciated throughout the world by other artists. Through kneeing and kicking as a main portion of this technique, it’s important that a combatant has trained and strengthened their legs; shins particularly are trained to endure bone shaking powers. Through the years of conditioning and training, MuayThai artists’ shins, knees, and elbows could be deadly and considered as lethal weapons. Due to this, Muay Thai is known to be one of the most fatal and appreciated martial arts in many parts of the world. Muay Thai is an outstanding martial art for self-defense and a stimulating physical sport as well.

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Advancing with Muay Thai in St. Albert

P1030421With the recent surge in the local interest in combative arts and sports, St. Albert residents are faced with a glittering fork road of opportunities, with one way leading to diamonds and the other leading to gold, by way of the choices they have in the combative arts and sports — quality choices at that.

Those fighting enthusiasts who are a bit more of a traditional incline, may make the choice between combative sports like martial arts, judo or wrestling, while those who are seeking the thrill of learning something which is relatively new to these parts of the world, may be inclined to go with something like Jiu Jitsu or make the choice of advancing with Muay Thai in St. Albert.

Muay Thai is a combative art form of particular interest, on which the emphasis will be placed for a while, with the aim of emulating Arashi Do Martial Arts principles.

The Science of Eight Limbs, as Muay Thai is often referred to, in a loose description of what this fighting art entails, is essentially a specialized form of kickboxing.

No prizes for guessing where Muay Thai originates from (Thailand), as the name suggests, but what is rather interesting is just exactly how big the sport is in its native Thailand.

The very competitive nature of Muay Thai, in its native land, does a lot to inspire many of its students in other parts of the world, such as those practicing in St.Albert, to go the whole twelve yards and give their participation their all. This is usually in honor of their fellow Thai warriors, who don’t have a choice in their participation of Muay Thai, as it often serves as a matter of utmost importance, in that their participation is somewhat forced by their circumstances.

There is a lot of money in Muay Thai, in its native Thailand, so many of the sons of families feel as if they simply have to take part, as a means through which to escape poverty, so they approach the sport as a matter of life and death.

In this part of the world however, the luck of the draw has smiled upon the residents of Keller, as well as the surrounding areas, since participation in the combative sport of Muay Thai is completely optional, but it does require that participants take the sport seriously, in order to progress and possibly compete at a higher level of competition.

Advancing with Muay Thai in St. Albert is great in that it encompasses the classic combative striking fighting styles, cutting out a lot of the grappling which a lot of people don’t like to get involved with, while falling in line with Arashi Do Martial Arts standards.

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