Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Hahah I posted on this thread 5 years ago on the 4th page. I was seventeen at the time and just beginning my journey into MMA and competitive fighting. Either way, my opinion on it has changed considerably, since gaining more experience with real fighters.
Training methods are more important than techniques. A guy who practices Aikido in a live, non-compliant environment has a better chance of successfully using those techniques than someone who solo-drills BJJ moves.
Similarly, someone who trains full contact TKD (even dumb WTF stuff) will likely beat a MT practitioner who's never sparred.
The only way to get better at fighting is to fight. Styles that allow for heavy or full contact sparring are better for fighting than styles that don't. What's just as important as the level of contact/resistance, however, is how realistic the ruleset is. If I were preparing for a fight, I'd rather do light-contact kickboxing to prepare than full contact point sparring.
Long story short: the training methods and the rulesets of Muay Thai are superior to TKD if you're trying to prepare someone for an actual fight. To top it off, Muay Thai fighters are much better conditioned to take punishment and to continue fighting. Pads, no leg kicks, and no head contact makes it pretty hard to get as tough as a nakmuay.
And on that note, before someone says "well that's just competition, sometimes people allow those things in sparring." Yeah, sure, that's true. There are TKD guys who do a few rounds of realistic sparring once in a while. But it's a side thing for them. It's not enough to make up for lost ground, when comparing them to someone who does that sh** all the time.
Highly opinionated but out of touch with the current MMA scene.
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