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Karate Vs. Muay Thai: The more effective fighting game

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Posted By Steffy Alen

Considering the best and the most effective ways of modern fighting games, there are no better games to compare in terms of fighting and sparring techniques that can give be tough to analyze. While karate is a popular fighting style, Muay Thai is one of the hardest and toughest stands up fighting styles in the world. The major difference between the two games is that karate is more focused on the pressure forms that are applied (Kata) with attaching moves which are achieved through body stiffness and sudden movements. While Muay Thai is more technical and involves deliberate or sparring (Kumite) movement and enhances physical toughness training like no other sport. Everything martial art form involves their own sports costume which helps in better postures and better movement while training.


Karate is a Japanese word that means empty hands which refers to a form of martial arts that doesn’t involve any instrument or a prop. The discipline of the game involves defensive blocking, striking, and kicking. The striking of the game aims to focus on the power of the body, concentrating at a point and pressure of the impact. Everything is practiced on wooden planks or padded surfaces depending on the levels of the learning process.  Karate is a vast category that involves how to stay focus and attack the opponent with maximum power. The main idea of the game is to stay focused on the pressure techniques and to maintain the posture in a way that everybody part helps the strike even in the stationary position.

The standard stand-up karate involves straight punches and straight striking through kicks and punches. Although some techniques are not practicing for the tournaments like knee and elbow striking are used to explore all the aspects of the game, so that one can understand every aspect of it.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai

Muay Thai also is known as “The art of eight limbs”, is a form of martial arts that is quite different from any standard martial arts form. The idea of using eight limbs using the posture techniques and the power that involves knee, elbow, foot thrusts, and kicks making the whole body as a weapon against the opponent.

The best thing to notice about Muay Thai is that every individual develops their striking and defensive style once they start moving forward after learning the basics of the game.  While this game popularity wasn’t able to match the availability of this game. Not many people were able to learn this game because people weren’t able to go to Thailand to learn this striking art form. But with time, more instructors are available now in every state to learn this game. Due to a long history of this game about 400 years ago, during the era of King Narai where people were trained for combat to be a part of the elite army. The training of the game involved so many gestures and tough conditions that even after 400 years the popularity of this game stands tall. Muay Thai is now the national sport of Thailand.

We tried to understand the in-depth philosophy of the game and realized how much dedication is involved to have complete knowledge of this game to strengthen body and soul at the same time. One of the techniques in this game involves where the fighters learn not to blink their eyes when struck on their face.  To learn this technique the fight would go in the water stream and order other so slap water on their face. There are many other similar techniques like that which make the sport stand at a different level.

Philosophy of Karate and Muay Thai:

In karate the techniques involve just aim and stop the motion is the impact hits the surface of the opponent’s body since karate involves applying maximum pressure. This can be identified as the main difference between the two because Muay Thai is meant to hit the opponent with extreme force to make a hole. In the Muay Thai technique, the fighter applies the force like slicing with a knife anything that it hits with shins, legs, arms, and fist. There is more to learn about the art of striking and martial arts that fascinates individuals to learn more about such sports. You can learn more about the art of striking and about their costumes by just starting with one form of the game.

Muay Thai uses a complete power package that will hit the opponent in a way to involve every kind of hands and legs to hit the opponent. Karate doesn’t involve attacking the face which makes the karate punch lower than the normal punch. Contrary to that Muay Thai allows them to head kick the opponent.

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