MMA Striking, which style? v. hands and feet

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  1. miek

    miek New Member

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    :rofl: sorry if the title is off, I really don't know if its a 'style' or 'technique' or whatever you wanna call it, anyways...

    I was looking at doing something like boxing this summer when I'm off school, but with my feet as well. Duh, kickboxing right? Well I kind of know a lady from one of the offices at my university and she was talking about tai kwon do and it sounded pretty damn good as well. The thing is from what she talked about, it sounded what I thought kickboxing would be like :o

    Anyways, if anyone actually practises kickboxing, or tai kwon do, or any form of striking with both the hands and feet, which do you prefer and why?

    Essentially I'm just lookin for a good solid workout to get me in good shape again, with the ability to spar with people as well. I couldn't really care less about entering a league for it, but if I really end up enjoying it that much, who knows.

    Ps. I'm not really interesting in the grappling/ground game because I have some pretty fucked up joints (5 separted shoulders and counting...)


    cliffs: Want to do some sort of striking practise this summer involving hands and feet, is kickboxing/tai kwon do my only options? And which do you prefer?

    Thanks alot :bowdown:
     
  2. Skeletor

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    Muay Thai is cenetered more around practical striking techniques which are fairly basic in their engineering, yet have proven extremely effective in the ring.



    TKD is often times more focused on complex techniques.
     
  3. miek

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    Hmm, ok. How is the workout with tai kwon do? I'm going to assume the Muay Thai gyms have you work your balls off, is tai kwon the same sort of environment? Or is it more focused around instruction/technique rather than physical endurance?
     
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    Go with Muay Thai if you can. If not then the kickboxing would prolly be better, but a lot of times it depends on the quality of the instructors at the gym.

    A lot of gyms will let you watch or join in a session for free or for a very low price. Check out whichever ones you can and go with the one that seems like what you're most looking for.
     
  5. miek

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    Muay thai =/= kickboxing? :o I'm going to have to look a bit more into this :rofl:

    But I like the idea of watching/day session. I'll have to look into that and see what gyms allow what. Thanks.
     
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    you want to get in shape? stick with tae kwon do. muay thai will injure and hurt you, and you will be less inclined to keep with it. at least half the newbies at my muay thai gym give up after 2 months
     
  7. miek

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    :rofl: Well I wanted the contact.
     
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    ive seen it many times :eek5:
     
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    Muay thai injury you? Not likely, especially if you choose not to compete. A good instructor won't have you doing hard sparring if you don't want to and that is where any types of injuries *may* occur.

    Just because it's more effective and you will be hitting harder does not mean you will be getting more injuries. In fact, over time, you will be having less injuries/soreness as your body adapts to the stresses. I would think that just constantly punching the air and pulling your punches would have more detrimental effects (like tai kwon do and many karate styles) than actually following through and hitting something.

    I'm a firm believer in muay thai as a great exersize, the most effective striking art, and a lot of fun. PM if you want more details on how to choose an instructor and whatnot.
     
  11. miek

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    Cool, pm'ed. Thanks.
     
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    believe it or not, some people don't find knees to the belly to be fun. I know some kids my age who cringe just from holding pads and bullshit baby sparring
     
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    avoid TKD at all costs

    1 in 1000 TKD schools is worth a shit, by rough estimation
     
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    Depends on what you want.

    If you want effective striking, that you can use in real life, Muay Thai.

    If you want to throw pretty kicks, take TKD.
     
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    beware the MT vs. TKD trolls!!!
    but id have to say, tkd is much more for show than MT .... not saying its not effective but .... if you wana learn how to fight, take MT, and that shit will get you into crazy good shape...also not saying TKD wont though...
    let the TKD lovers begin to flame me:fawk:
     
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    muai thai = punces, kicks, elbows and knees, thai clinch.
    kickboxing = kicks & puches, no MT clinch, no knees and no elbows...pretty much the " pussy " man's MT- i guess you could say.
     
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    yeah, to go to jail...
     
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    Just do boxing ive done MT and TKD and well I use my boxing much more often.
     
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    :rofl: I think that last vid was in someone's garage or something. Cool nonetheless though.

    Well I guess on monday I'll start calling around to the muay thai gyms in my area and seeing who'll let me come in a watch for a day, and check out the facilities.

    Thanks alot for the help guys :bowdown:

    Edit: While I'm at it though, is there anything specific I should be looking for?
     
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    from what i've read, TKD teaches you effective kicks, but everything from the stance and techniques are based primarily for TKD point system fighting, therefore doesn't translate well going up against other martial arts (i.e. MMA)

    full contact TKD is much more legit, but besides still using TKD techniques and whatnot, such academies are much harder to find
     
  22. xinster

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    i joined a militiech affiliate but i realize now that back when i started there was no fuckin away i would ever be able to spot a mcdojo. some of them are really tricky
     
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    No idea really what you mean...

    I'd rather be tried by 12, than carried by 6.
     
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    jesus that tkd guy in the second vid was cocky....homo
     
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    you know how you can tell you're watching a TKD guy? he falls down a lot
     

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