Muay Thai Round by Round

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  1. Nam42589

    Nam42589 White Belt

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    Hello,

    I have been researching a lot of Muay Thai lately. I had always heard that they always start really slow and round 4/5 consist of mostlly clinching. Could anyone give me an analysis of what actually goes on round by round (the tempo and the techniques used). I know a lot depends on styles and you are trying to win and it depends on the other person, but I have noticed very common things round by round when I watch traditional Muay Thai fights. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. bowlie

    bowlie Purple Belt

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    The first round is like a striptease - subtly showing your opponent what you want him to see but hiding what he really wants to see.
     
  3. Tug

    Tug Green Belt

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  4. PocketNinja

    PocketNinja Yellow Belt

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    Damien is legit

    expanding/ summing up his article jove always been told
    round 1 is feeling out
    round 2 3 (4) is the real fight
    round 4/5 they tend to know who's ahead and a lot of the time in thailand they'll be fighting within a few weeks so won't go crazy to try and put someone away like you see in western boxing/ thai fights when there's the "you gotta finish him to win" mentality for fighters that are clearly behind
     
  5. Jukai

    Jukai Silver Belt

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    There is also the fact that rounds 1 and 2 tend to be slower than 3-4 because the betting lines are still being set... going for the finish before round 2 means less betting goes on, less money is exchanged. Both culturally and financially, it makes sense for the fight to go on longer.

    This is mostly for stadium fights, though. A Lumpinee stadium fight is going to have a lot different of a tempo than a Thai Fight fight.
     
  6. NAKMUAY18

    NAKMUAY18 Brown Belt

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    Damion Trainor is beyond legit, a world class vet. What he says is pretty much gosple.
    I'm going to add though, this generally apliys to Thailand a lot more than the rest of the world. Thai judges are obviously insanely well educated in Muay Thai, the western world is a lot different. Typically in the rest of the world fights are judged on the standard 10point must system, often the first round is judged as 10-10.
     
  7. PocketNinja

    PocketNinja Yellow Belt

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    good point nak legit doesn't really cover it

    one of the pioneers/ faces of decent muay thai in the UK


    his blog is great stuff
     

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