A few years ago I trained in Muay Thai at a great school. The head instructor was a former Lumpini and World MT champ and was an instructor with Fairtex for years. I have moved since then and I'm looking for a new school. I tried a class today and I think some of the teaching was suspect. I'm sure there are some differences between schools so I wanted to see what you guys think. First, when teaching blocking he said I was blocking hooks wrong. I was using "earmuffs" brining my hand up to my ear and shrugging my shoulder up. He said I should be blocking hooks by swinging my arm out to meet his more like something from a karate class. Second, we practiced a lot of front kicks. Not teeps but kicks going straight up and striking with the top of the foot to the pads. I didn't train these kicks once at my previous school. Third, he had me practice side kicks. I only remember training side teeps a few times the full time at my previous school. Fourth, he said there are two types of roundhouse kicks. Ones where you strike with your shins and ones where you strike with the ball of your inside ankle. This sound like a good way to get injured to me. Fifth, he said I need to stop dropping my hand when I throw a roundhouse kick. He was talking about my lead hand. At my old school I was told to throw the lead hand back to help generate the spin to throw a rear roundhouse. It is the way I have always seen Bas and Buakaw do it also so I'm sure that can't be correct. Last, although many of the students may have been new I saw a lot of bad technique like rear foots coming off the ground when throwing a cross etc. Are these just differences in teaching between MT schools or do you think this is just a guy from Thailand who has seen some MT bought some gear and says he teaches MT?