One of the first things any muay thai coach will tell you when you start training is to set up your kicks! This is just muay thai 101. The correct way to throw a kick is first to set it up by making a combination with the hands and then making the kick, preferably a low kick as these are the most difficult to catch. This is the foundation of the 'dutch style' of kickboxing. First you make a combination to occupy their mind upstairs and then you make a low kick. If you don't set up your kicks, then the opponent will see the kick coming and counter you with a punch or catch the kick, for sure. This is especially dangerous in MMA and on the street where someone will catch your leg and take you down, unlike muay thai where wrestling and judo throws aren't allowed. And yet every time I see a thai fighter fight, they throw their kicks without any set up, they only throw single kicks. Why don't the thais know any better? And is this why the 'dutch style' dominates muay thai and mma, while the traditional 'thai style' is never used? Connor Ruebusch said that you should never throw "naked kicks", but that because the 'thai style' of kicks is so fast and hard that they don't always need to set it up. Is this true? This just sounds like using athleticism to compensate for bad technique? What do you think? P.S. It also doesn't seem like anyone in MMA uses the 'thai style' kick. They mostly use more of a tkd or karate style which is less telegraphed and so its more like a whip, so it's harder to counter.