Discussion in 'Thai Boxing' started by JamDaMan, Mar 6, 2004.
I've read on the forum of Muay Thai being classified as an MMA. Is this true?
no. however, it is often used for one's standup skills in MMA.
No - Muay Thai is very much an element in MMA but is not "A MMA"
MMA is MMA - a modern combat sport involving fighting at standing, clinch & ground ranges. Muay Thai is used by many as the standing striking part and some of the clinching parts.
I think Muay Thai is a TMA because it's not a MMA with grappling in the curriculam and yes Muay Thai would be a good art for stand up fighting in MMA competitions.
MMA is MIXED martial art(s) meaning, it's a MIX of martial arts! Muay Thai is a pure stand up art, but it CAN be a COMPONENT in MMA training.
Also, authentic muay thai in thailand has rituals, bowing and a lot of respect involved. This is often a characteristic of TMAs.
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