It seems many people are understanding that not 'one' art solves every situation, and that many people, including instructors are now involving other arts into their teachings.
I personally don't want to see an end to traditional arts, or for ALL martial arts training to become one huge ball of techniques from everything, simply because we would all lose the traditional teachings of what the 'main' arts have tought us.
My thoughts are they should be seperate if you want to learn to punch kick etc get yourself down the nearest Muay Thai gym with a qualified instructor by one of the big names. Again for self defence get down a TJJ/BJJ gym with a good instructor.
I think you should cross train as many MAs as you can if your about to embark on a cage fighting career. But for SD time and time again ... we all know what the magic combo is i dont need to say it...
Muay Thai is okay for kicks & knees and conditioning, but I've seen very few who train MT who are good at either punching or riding / evading a good puncher. Boxing is the only place where you will learn good punching & punch evasion.
Lot of good kickers in K1 but not many of them are good with their hands!
Have you done any Muay Thai Steve? Its the complete striking package.
The sheer combinations available to a Thai Boxer elbow, knees, shin, fists and the clinch work will defeat a boxer easy enough (in my opinion).
Having done some amateur boxing while growing up i agree it is a good conditioning and striking art and you do learn good countering skills and defence work. I do think it would be good to train some boxing before learning Muay Thai though.
The sheer combinations available to a Thai Boxer elbow, knees, shin, fists and the clinch work will defeat a boxer easy enough.
Also does K1 allow elbow strikes?
As ever i could be wrong. I just think for striking Muay Thai is the best, then boxing for striking.
What do you reckon then Steve. Muay Thai Vs Boxer? Whose your money on.