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I currently am taking BJJ but I wanna be more wellrounded so im trying to take either kickboxing or muay thai. Iv done some research on muay thai and I really wanna take it but I cant seem to find a class. Iv been searching the internet like crazy but im getting no luck. Are muay thai classes rare to find and is there a site I can check were a list of muay thai classes are in my city(cleveland OH) if not how do I go about finding a class?
 

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Over in the UK Ive never had a problem findin a class. I thought it would be even easier in the US
 

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If you need general hints and technique questions answered, don't hesitate to hit the Standup Forum to check out the threads there. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm in New York for most of the year, and Ive been training in BJJ here but Im in cleveland for the summers. Ive been interested in taking up a striking style so maybe ill se u there next summer.
 

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I go to columbia university and one of our graduates from the class of 2000 trains under Renzo Gracie's place in New York, so he offers training through Renzo's group at columbia. We also have a muay thai class but i havent checked that out yet
 

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a good school in New Jersey (North NJ; Bergen County)?
 

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a good Muay Thai schools in New Jersey (North NJ; Bergen County)?
 

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MMA1990 said:
I currently am taking BJJ but I wanna be more wellrounded so im trying to take either kickboxing or muay thai. Iv done some research on muay thai and I really wanna take it but I cant seem to find a class. Iv been searching the internet like crazy but im getting no luck. Are muay thai classes rare to find and is there a site I can check were a list of muay thai classes are in my city(cleveland OH) if not how do I go about finding a class?


Omg,me and you are like the same.
 

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Well, Muay Thai is sort of over-rated. Most people believe that if you know Muay Thai, you know everything there is to know about stand-up fighting. And if you know BJJ, you've mastered grappling. Of course, more informed people know better. Muay Thai and BJJ are so popular because they are applicable in the ring - they aren't ideal for self-defense, contrary to what some people believe.

Muay Thai can be used against multiple opponents , but most fights almost always end up with the fighters (in street fights) struggling and grappling with each other (standing up for a bit, and then on the ground). The closest thing in Muay Thai to grappling/joint locks/wrist locks/etc is the clinch. The clinch is really useful, but it takes too long to take an opponent out (in a street fight, you'd want the fight to end quick), and I would think it'd be hard to get your opponent to clinch. Also, the quickest way to end a street fight, or get control, is to execute joint locks/wrist locks, which in Muay Thai you learn none of. Groin kicks, palm strikes, eye-gouging, or anything illegal in MMA tournies is not taught in Muay Thai, but these would be ideal in street fights, where anything goes.

Of course, the fact that Muay Thai utilizes knees and elbows makes it a really dangerous and effective art, but not ideal in all situations. Sometimes, and I'll probably be killed for this, Traditional Martial Arts have more potential on the streets. Hapkido and Kenpo would fare pretty well on the streets, in my opinion, if the practitioners train properly and realistically.

PS: I'm not pretending to be an MA expert. I'm a geek though, so I've read up on a LOT of things regarding the Martial Arts and this is what I know (or what I think I know) about Muay Thai. Hope I helped.
 
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