The sport and fight spirit we all love – muaythai kickboxing – is probably the most popular martial art today, similar to Karate in XX.

First of all let’s correct and refer to a post I’ve previously published that muaythai and kickboxing are two different sports. It is true, they are different.

Though these days the two martial arts are kinda united in one, mostly by general public, I suppose. Probably due to a massive branding and different kind of rules where traditional muay thai got modified.

K-1 rules – kickboxing oriental and everything where thai step-up knee is allowed but no clinch, or named modified thai rules aka thai-boxing where you can still grapple, work in clinch, catch legs and all, though the thai elbows are banned.

Kickboxing was founded in States when Karate athletes started to use boxing gloves when sparring. As far as I know it was invented by those of early days of Chuck Norris. Muay Thai is obviously a National sport of Thailand with the centuries of history.

In a way or another the majority loves both sports – muaythai and kickboxing. Practically every fighter competes in both styles anyway, depending on the regulations of the tournament.

Like K-1 for example that was practically built by pure muay thai fighters at the very start. It’s Showtime pretty much the same. By the way about K-1 and all what have been happening, one very clever man who I know since years said: “K-1 will die, muaythai will live forever.”

Muay Thai and Kickboxing is good for you. In one of the interviews John Wayne Parr said that “Martial arts is nothing but good and positive. It teaches discipline and respect to adults.”

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former National champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. Iskenderov is also the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) international coordinator for Australia.