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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 12:32 AM
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it's AN effective striking technique but you shouldn't consider it as the only stand up worth training
it's a fine solid choice tho
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I second BearInTheClinch.

And it's a nice clip which doesn't deal with the question whether MT is the most effective striking art or not.
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I second Voiceless's seconding of me : o )
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Overall, I definitely believe that it's the most effective striking art. That said, in MMA competition, there's a lot more going on than just pure striking. In that venue, a lot of different striking arts can be effective in many different ways. In a pure striking match, though, Muay Thai is great. (And no, I'm not a nuthugger; I don't even train Muay Thai myself.)

It should also be noted that while I think a paragon of Muay Thai would defeat a paragon of any other striking art in a striking contest, few people are paragons of anything and it almost always comes down to the better fighter.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 02:52 PM
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I have nothing to add to the discussion in terms of MT as the most effective striking art, people have dealt with that quite well I think.

I just want to comment on the clip in the OP. I think the culture behind Muay Thai is a great one. I think training for something very hard, tough and painful while maintaining a relaxed and cheerful attitude is a sign of a healthy culture.

Regardless of whether it is the best striking art, I think Muay Thai is at very least a very worthy art to study.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2011, 06:41 PM
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I believe that Muay Thai is the best striking art out there. Boxing being close second. I adore all of the eastern martial arts, but find little use in them when you are facing someone about your size (except for footwork in Karate and kicks i n TKD).

Muay Thai teaches many things and with the Dutch MT school being as progressive as it is I believe they will provide the best stand-up fighters in the world for a long time. If boxers feel that it's incorect, they are free to go and get their asses handed to them in any K1 tournament.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 05:49 PM
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I would not say it is the best but it is defiantly very effective and a solid choice. It all depends on the rules of the competition which makes that style most effective for example, a boxer in a muaythai competition will be of disadvantage due to the grappling, knees, elbows and kicks applied... likewise a muaythai fighter in a judo competition will not be very effective coz they would most probably be taken down..
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