FOUNDER AND COACH, BRIAN BIRD, SAYS:
If you go back far enough, Kickboxing was the terminology used for an American style of fighting that was punching and kicking, but all above the waist. Every punch and kick had to be from the waist up and included the face. It was a style of fighting with that rule set; it was limited to that. We call Kickboxing ‘the style of the four weapons’: two arms and two legs, punching, and kicking.
MUAY THAI IS THE STYLE OF THE EIGHT WEAPONS
Muay Thai comes from Thailand, and it’s the style of the eight weapons. It includes punches, elbows, kicks, and knees, so you have double the weapons. Also, you’re allowed to attack any part of the body. You can kick the legs. You can knee, elbow anywhere, and also, you’re allowed clinching. That means you can grab somebody, throw knees, throw elbows. Basically, you have a lot more options.
THE FIGHT USUALLY ENDS FASTER
This is how everything works in martial arts, especially from a competitive point of view. As soon as you add in more weapons, the fight usually ends faster.
In boxing, you’ll see these guys going 15 rounds because they just have two weapons. With Kickboxing, where you have punches and kicks, you’ll see the rounds shorten. The chance of a faster finish is much more likely because there are more weapons.
Then there’s Muay Thai. These guys can punch, kick, knee, elbow, and use those weapons everywhere. You end up seeing even shorter rounds because the odds they can finish fast are higher.
When it comes to martial arts, the more weapons you have, the more chances things are going to get finished soon.