Looking for some help with my Muay Thai from some of the more experience guys on the forum. I've only been training in MT for 6 months and we have mostly been concentrating on kicks when practicing. We do sparr every session and here's were the problem lies. My kicking is poor due to my bad flexability and general lack of skill. My hands are good, jab, cross and left hook are all pretty good for my skill level. I'm learning MT to give me some stand-up to complement by BJJ with perhaps a go a some MMA in the future. I'm doing it to learn to defend against kicks, learn some low kicks and clinch work (knees & elbows). What I've found when sparring with MT guys of different levels, is that the distance is different to boxing or generally fighting without kicks. I seem to be that bit further away from my opponent due to staying out of kicking range. I'm now finding it very difficult to use my Jab without taking at least a kick. Most of the class tend to kick a lot and stay out of range of the hands. I end up having to bum rush just to land a couple of shots. I feel like I almost have to run at them to get close enough. either that or trade low kicks for jabs, that stuggle to reach their target. My right hand is just cocked most of the time and never in range to land. Obviously I find this more against guy taller than me. Any advice would be welcome. I want to use my hands more than kick, but just can't get close enough, often enough. And just to clear up, I do move forward on my jab and cross, it just that extra starting distance due to staying out of kicking range is bring my shots up short. If I close the distance a little, most often they back up a little to keep the distance. Don't think I should be lunging in! Any technical advice very welcome, also anything I can practice would be cool too. I'm 5'8" and 170lb and not partically slow or unfit.