Anyone, who has not lived under a rock for the past 15 years, knows what impact MMA, or mixed martial arts, has had on the community. Promotion around the world has taken the various stages of martial arts and combined them into a competitive martial sport that tends to be a specific hybrid of its own when one step goes inside the cradle. But just because MMA is a mix of martial arts and competitive forms, does that mean it also includes Thai boxing? Or does Thailand remain a whole and different thing, like kickboxing in the 80s and 90s or boxing of the past and present? To answer that question, one would have to look at both sides.
First of all, Thai boxing is a combat practice built more on the basis of kicks and strikes than anything else. Thai boxing matching games can be quite violent and hard, and it is not uncommon for a fighter to use more than the legs and hands to deliver destructive blows. Considered a self-defense practice like any other martial sport, this one relies in part on the human chess factor, but largely on the mindset “the best defense is a good offense”. Thai boxing is a major sport in its home country of Thailand as well as other countries across the East, and it is making the leap to the western part of the globe.
MMA, on the other hand, focuses more on the human chess aspects by forming a major agglomeration of attack and defense methods. A mixed martial artist could be a good thief and a terrible striker. He could be a good hitter and lousy submissions specialist. It might be good even at submissions but poor fighting. The variety of forms of fighting you will see in MMA is part of the reason it has such a global impact. In the United States, he is the leader of the Final Fighting Championship, although there are other eye – catching promotions such as the Bellator Fighting Championships and Strikeforce (a subsidiary of the UFC since 2011).
MMA is also more commercially and market-exposed than Thai boxing, which means that more and more individuals, who may enter Thai boxing, are finding that they can accept it. the method of attack and defense while competing in a cage instead of a ring.
If you are thinking of building one of these types of self-defense, first ask yourself if it is a recreational goal or a professional one. The training a competitive fighter goes through must be full-time and focused. Recreational practices can be beneficial to well-being without being so preoccupied.