Witch Is The Best Striking Martial Art Fighting Style: MuayThai Kick Boxing Or Taekwondo?
Is there really any question? Thai Boxing has to rank at the top. It's simple yet extremely effective, but more than that it is still taught well. It would be quite hard to say the same about Taekwondo, especially in the USA.
What do you mean by "best?" Hardest? Most effective? Are you talking purely sport, or street-effective? Tae Kwon Do kicks generate more force (when you do them right) because of the momentum and centrifugal forces generated when you go through a long circular motion; but I learned and always taught that you never kick higher than the knees in a street fight because it's too easy to get your leg caught and end up on your back. Muay Thai is pretty much the benchmark of low-leg striking. The Discovery Channel did an episode a couple years back on the show Human Weapon where they brought in a bunch of different fighters and measured the force (in pounds per sq inch like that scene in Rocky IV) of everything from elbow strikes to flying knees to boxing jabs to axe kicks. It pretty much scientifically answered the question of which strike was the hardest...but I don't know if that's what you meant by "best."
I personally think that the best striking martial arts form is Muay Thai due to its practicality and versatile strikes. It's good for keeping an opponent/attacker away and even more effective in close quarter fighting. There are several ways to throw elbows, shin, and knee strikes and if you can find a way to combine this with joint locking and throwing you have a good solid base from which you can defend yourself from.
I use many joint locking techniques in my arsenal from Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo. My striking techniques come from Muay Thai, and Jeet Kune Do. I have been in martial arts for the past 28 years and have found that in the end you will eventually come up with a form that works for you. But do not be bound to one style try to learn a little bit of everything from every style you come in contact with.
muaythai without a doubt. there is really no comparison between the two.
Muy Thai is the more effective fighting style it's utilized much more frequently in mixed martial arts than takewondo.
Its got to be Taekwondo. You see those high-flying kicks in the street all the time, especially where I live, which is Taekwondoville. All you have to do is count, ahna, dool, set, net and there ya go, four high kicking streefighters are at it already.
I jest. Its Muay Thai.
Though this guy would disagree:
The answer really then is, its not the art, its the man and how he uses the art.
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