Muay Thai vs Wrestling | One Key Difference

In this page we'll cover the differences between Muay Thai vs Wrestling, what each martial art is, and if Muay Thai and Wrestling is a good combination.

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What's the Difference: Muay Thai vs Wrestling

Muay Thai and Wrestling are two different types of martial arts. Muay Thai is a stand-up striking based martial art where the goal is to knock out your opponent. Whereas Wrestling is a primarily ground based grappling type of martial art where the primary goal is to pin your opponent, after taking him/her down.


What is Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a striking based martial art that is famous for using the 'Art of 8 Limbs'.

The 8 limbs include two hands, two elbows, two knees, and two legs.

The goal of Muay Thai is to knock out their opponent using the art of 8 limbs.

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Muay Thai will teach one of the most diverse skill sets as other martial arts only focus on a limited skill set.

For example, Boxing only uses closed fists, and Taekwondo is primarily striking with the feet.

One of the first things that struck out to me when training Muay Thai is that they primarily strike with their shins.

Shins are tougher to break than feet, and if you accidentally strike your opponent's elbow, it'll hurt much less if you struck with your shin, rather than your foot.

What is Wrestling

Wrestling is a sport and martial art where the ultimate goal is to pin the opponent.

This can be achieved through trips, take downs, and throws and eventually holding the opponent on their back with both shoulder blades touching the mat for two seconds.

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Wrestling is one of the most physically grueling sports in the world as it uses all the muscles in your body for extended periods of time.

It requires a combination of physical power, technical skill and a high level of mental toughness to be successful.

Additionally, they have to cut weight in order to wrestle at a weight class where they will match up against opponents of similar size.

Is Muay Thai and Wrestling a Good Combination?

Having the skill set of Muay Thai and Wrestling is a fantastic combination to have in your arsenal.

Having the ability to be skilled both standing up, in the clinch, and on the ground will allow you to be well rounded and feel comfortable in any situation.

Additionally, your Fight IQ will be much higher than most of the population, as you'll understand how to attack or defend in any situation.

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Will Muay Thai Get You Ripped?

Your diet is the most important aspect to getting ripped. However, Muay Thai focuses on high intensity anaerobic exercises while using both your hands, knees and legs in every class/workout. This allows for increased metabolism as well as fat loss due to the pace of the workout.



If you take a look at the bodies of most Muay Thai fighters, you'll notice that they're extremely toned and have seemingly endless cardio.

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