kyokushin vs muay thai ,what's more effective?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by paypayvay, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. paypayvay

    paypayvay Blue Belt

    Sep 6, 2010
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    we've seen lot of kyokoshin karateka succeeding in K-1 in recent years , there is also GSP in the UFC , but muay thai is still the most " used " standup technique in both k-1 and MMA , is it beacuse muay thai is " superior " or because this form of karate is not so popular ? should a kyokushin practitioner switch mandatorily to muay thai to make it in this sports ?
  2. NovaUniaoWesty

    NovaUniaoWesty Yellow Belt

    Oct 4, 2010
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    In a wonderful world one would study both, as they complement eachother very well.

    If I had to pick one to live with the rest of my life it would be MT no doubt. The increased use of knees, clinch and practicing strikes to the head give it an edge in my opinion.
  3. aries

    aries Silver Belt

    Feb 21, 2004
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    I agree with the advantages but I'd also add the hands are superior too since kyokushin punch to the body in sparring and competition. All the K1 fighters who come from Kyokushin backgrounds have to heavily supplement their training with boxing to get their hands up to standard. MT fighters in K1 have to of course train their hands more but they can get away with far less work since their formal sport competition already incorporates punches to the head.
  4. shinkyoku

    shinkyoku Brown Belt

    Jun 21, 2008
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    The best form of thaiboxing is dutch thaiboxing -which is a meld of thai style thaiboxing, english boxing and karate (predominantly kyokushin karate).

    Japanese kickboxing has strong roots to both thaiboxing and kyokushin.

    Yes all kyokushin fighters in k-1 have complimented with english boxing training, but so have all thaiboxers , even the Thai ones (yes, even Buakaw).

    And more effective for what?
    Kyokushin fighters need more adaptions in preparation for the k-1 ring than traditional thaiboxers due to the traditional knockdown rules that 1. dont use a ring. (=drastically different ringcraft). 2. Do not use gloves. (striking and blocking with gloves and without gloves are very different). 3 do not allow punches to the head. (yes it is a realism flaw and is the result of safety regulations back in the 60ies -all sports have realism flaws, live with it).
    So more effective for what? 1 and 2 would not be an issue in say a streetfight. 3 would be a issue, but MT have realism flaws due to rules too.

    But kyokushin and knockdown fighters do not fight only with those rules as there are several types of competitions (and kyokushin is not only competition -there are lots of stuff taught that are banned in all sport rules) for kyokushin type fighters who want to hit the head aswell. Shinken shobu, shinkarate/gloved karate, not to mention all those who fight in kickboxing.

    Another problem is who are fighting. The kyokushin fighters who are in K-1 are generally "official" flagship sent there by the Matsui group of kyokushin (kyokushin fighters from other groups are not welcome due to political and business deal reasons). And the matsui group "flagships" tend to be fighters who have spent their entire fighting career specializing to fight under formal knockdown rules.

    In MMA there are not that many kyokushin guys, but truthfully, there are not that many thaiboxing based fighters either. Thaiboxing in MMA is popular as standup, but it is seldom a fighters original art. And thaiboxing is admittedly faster to get into than kyokushin karate with a lot less formal stuff that established fighters who just want to compliment their fighting need to plow through to get to the good stuff.
  5. Kraik

    Kraik White Belt

    Oct 8, 2010
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    Kyokushin Budokai, as it emcompasses both stand up and ground work. Plus there are lots of knees and elbows like in Muay Thai, and shots and knees to the head are allowed.

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