People ask me all the time what’s the difference between Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kick Boxing and how they stack up side by side. Both styles are becoming more and more popular worldwide. Some are all for Krav Maga and others Muay Thai. At the end of the day not all martial arts are created equal. I believe 100% that Muay Thai Kickboxing is the best martial art for striking you’re going to find, anywhere. There’s a reason all the best fighters in the UFC train in Thai Boxing and not Krav Maga.
Thai Boxing works and has a proven track record for success both inside the cage and out on the streets, where it really counts. Not only will Muay Thai better prepare you for self-defense but at the same time you’ll get into great shape during the classes/training. I’ve run into folks from time to time that claim Krav Maga is better because it’s designed only for street confrontations. To that I say “And you think Kickboxing only works in a ring or cage?”. Let me assure you, if it works for top level fighters then it’s going to work on the average bar room brawler.
A kick is a kick and a punch is a punch right? Yes, well sort of. It’s also a matter of training style, technique and for sure strategy. The key to winning a street fight has a lot to do with quick thinking and being fast to take action, something Muay Thai Kickboxing more then preps you for. Now, let me be clear, no matter which martial art you train in, if you don’t think and act fast, you’re going to be in a world of trouble when attacked. Krav Maga does have some up sides, I wouldn’t want to paint the picture that’s it’s complete garbage or anything like that.
All martial arts no matter the style have pros and cons, including kick boxing. So of course keep an open mind to learning new things from all arts. But again, and not to sound like a broken record, Kickboxing is king (or queen) due to it’s wide arsenal of weapons like punches, kicks, knees and elbows. The skill set gained through Muay Thai training will give you not only the weapons to win a fight but also the confidence needed.
You can rest assured these techniques work. And work really well, both for men and women. Don’t ever let someone tell you a good low leg roundhouse kick won’t work against a big street fighter. It will and has for many people including myself. I’ve got countless stories of normal every day people using the skills from Muay Thai to fight off an attacker and survive the situation. The choice is yours: Krav Maga or Muay Thai Kickboxing? You know what I’m going to say right?! Yup, you can’t go wrong with Thai Boxing, for self- defense, cage fighting, in the ring or to get in shape. Heck try both styles and see which one suits you better.