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    Hey, so here's my dilemma. I have been training in BJJ at Gracie Barra and absolutely love it. In the near future...maybe once I obtain a purple belt, I will look to add a striking art to get into MMA.

    I have a local boxing gym 10 minutes from my house and I think there are a lot of options for me in my nearest city, Manchester. They have muay thai gyms and MMA gyms like Straight Blast.

    So which of the two should I use for my offensive stand up? Muay thai gives a lot of great tools, but boxing gives a very focused skill with the hands, and you don't need 8 body parts to knock someone out... one shot can do it.

    So...Muay Thai or Boxing?

    Maybe even others like Karate, Krav Maga, JKD...etc.

    So what do you recommend?

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    I'd go for Muay Thai, but it depends on what's available in your area.

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    You need both boxin and Thai! Basically Boxing will give you better striking skills but will leave you open to leg kicks and takedowns because you plant your front foot. So Thai will help you stay lighter on your toes, help with kicks and clinch work... all vital parts!

    Dnt wait for your Purple Do it nooow!!!
    CONTROL YOURSELF!!!!

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    if you can do both thai and boxing, if not then find a good thai gym

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    It seems as though Muay Thai & BJJ are the general consensus for MMA these days which ii am personally completelly opposed to..
    IMHO go with what you have liked the look of, try it out and go with which suits you.


    Btw... JKD is no style; In fact, it's some what similar to MMA.. though the concept was developed for self-protection on the street and originated earlier..






    GG

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    Well at my BJJ gym, they have MMA conditioning classes and JKD classes. So doing JKD would be ideal as it's at the same location and I would get discount for classes...but I really don't think JKD is good for MMA.

    I am leaning towards doing boxing rather than muay thai because I'm only 5'9 and my legs aint that long...plus kicking doesn't feel natural to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dion View Post
    Well at my BJJ gym, they have MMA conditioning classes and JKD classes. So doing JKD would be ideal as it's at the same location and I would get discount for classes...but I really don't think JKD is good for MMA.

    I am leaning towards doing boxing rather than muay thai because I'm only 5'9 and my legs aint that long...plus kicking doesn't feel natural to me.
    Im 5ft 9 muay thai seems to work for me, infact 5ft9 would make you well above average height in thai.

    In my experience thai boxers adapt quicker to mma than boxers (generalisation) but its what ive seen in gym/fights, id still suggest either training in both thai and boxing, of finding a good thai gym that produces good punchers,

    Originally Posted by IranianWarMachine
    I like boxing most stoppages in mma are from overhand kos, and punches in general, a guy "getting caught" boxing limits that as well as a good boxing defense would be hard to deal with but being able to deal with leg kicks is a must. A good example of boxing in mma is how much maia improved since honing his hands, then obvious good boxers like dos santos able to ko a guy like yvel, due to his weaker defense, bj penn, fedor, arlovski.

    most ko's in Muay Thai also come from punches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dion View Post
    I am leaning towards doing boxing rather than muay thai because I'm only 5'9 and my legs aint that long...plus kicking doesn't feel natural to me.
    You may not like kicking, but your opponent might and you need to know how to cope with it.

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    I'd say do both or like Thaison says find a good muay thai gym. You could be lucky enough to have a good muay thai gym near you where the coach also has a traditional boxing background, this is not unusual. Boxing will make you good with your hands and teach you the importance of head movement among other things. Muay thai will teach you how to throw and defend against not only kicks but knees, elbows and will teach you useful techniques for controlling your opponent in the clinch. All things that boxing won't even touch on.

    I went along to a boxing club a while back after doing many years of muay thai with a a coach who was a good amateur boxer. I found it very difficult. I found it very hard to alter my stance for boxing and felt crippled without being able to use my kicks. I'm 6' with long legs so I always preferred to kick. Needless to say, the boxers destroyed me when sparring.

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    I like boxing most stoppages in mma are from overhand kos, and punches in general, a guy "getting caught" boxing limits that as well as a good boxing defense would be hard to deal with but being able to deal with leg kicks is a must. A good example of boxing in mma is how much maia improved since honing his hands, then obvious good boxers like dos santos able to ko a guy like yvel, due to his weaker defense, bj penn, fedor, arlovski.
    "A boxer is the best predator on land. The Lion, but throw him in the shark tank and he becomes just another meal" Renzo Gracie.

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