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Old 01-16-2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello all, i have been trolling this site and reading/learning for the past week or so. Recently i have been knocking around the idea of joining a kickboxing/muy thai school. I searched this site to try and find the differences between the two, from what i found was basically that kickboxing is the americanized version of muy thai that doesn't use knees or elbows. Is this the major/only difference between the two?

I have never studied/trained any form of martial arts and i will be turning 25 this march i know stretching/flexibility will be an issue, what other issues will i run into?

thanks in advance
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Another problem you will run into is your cardio.

If you have never trained as a boxer/kickboxer before your cardio will be an issue. I recommend you start jogging very soon.
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My cardio is decent I run daily. I have been averaging a 835 mile.
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It's not hard to become flexible very quickly. Every morning do a quick 5 min stretch, and after a workout immideatly do a very good stretch

Make sure you really focus on the legs because Muai Thai and Kickboxing are mainly based on kicks. Headkicks as well.
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Ok sounds good, am I correct in the diffrences between the two styles? Is there any benefit training in one
more than the other?
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Yeah you are correct, but Muay Thai focuses more on kicks and kickboxing is like 50/50 mix of strikes and kicks.
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Muy Thai also untilizes the clinch a lot as well where kickboxing does not. I personally think that Muy Thai is more devestating than kickboxing because of the knees from the clinch.

Just make sure that you maintain your cardio and stretch like others have said.
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Muy Thai also untilizes the clinch a lot as well where kickboxing does not. I personally think that Muy Thai is more devestating than kickboxing because of the knees from the clinch.

Just make sure that you maintain your cardio and stretch like others have said.
I feel the same, i figure i will try the kickboxing for now and make the transition later into muy thai at a later date if i choose to.
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hello all, i have been trolling this site and reading/learning for the past week or so. Recently i have been knocking around the idea of joining a kickboxing/muy thai school. I searched this site to try and find the differences between the two, from what i found was basically that kickboxing is the americanized version of muy thai that doesn't use knees or elbows. Is this the major/only difference between the two?

I have never studied/trained any form of martial arts and i will be turning 25 this march i know stretching/flexibility will be an issue, what other issues will i run into?

thanks in advance
I take Western kickboxing once a week at the dojo where I also train MMA and karate, and we do throw knees and elbows.
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