Why Muay Thai And BJJ Are The Best Martial Arts To Learn
April 17, 2019
There are dozens of martial arts that either focus on self defense or for sport. The popular trend is on the sport aspect where techniques are flashy and fun to use. On the other hand are self defense arts which are practical to deal with real life scenarios. Many martial arts have existed for hundreds of years as they weren’t used for self defense at first but for combat. Those combat sports which have adapted to the modern era are Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai have a very similar background but opposite uses and fighting style. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu originated from Japan from their most renowned and ancient warriors. These warriors were called samurai which used all types of weapons from bows to swords as they also specialized in hand to hand combat. And within their hand to hand combat, they used jiu Jitsu, which was made to injure or kill their opponent with joint-locks, throws and chokes. Jiu Jitsu survived through the years as samurai started to become less apparent. Jiu Jitsu evolved into a sport to survive the decreasing samurai bloodline. Jiu Jitsu traveled the world and became the quickest growing martial art known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ.
Muay Thai had a very similar origin to Brazilian Jiu JItsu. Warriors of Thailand specialized in all types of close quarter combat as they used their shields, swords and every usable part of their body. Muay Thai was meant to quickly injure your opponent in one strike and can cripple or knock someone out with explosive efficiency. Muay Thai is also called the art of eight limbs. Which means you use your fists, elbows, and all parts of your leg from the knee, shin and to the heel of the foot. And as time went on, Muay Thai being unusable in a land with no war, also converted into a sport to keep its relevance and in the modern world became a part of the country’s culture.
Unlike many other types of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai were made with the intentions of being weapons in a war. Muay Thai would utilize the hard bone of the fists and shins and the knees and the elbows as a spear like weapon. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu could break down the body through armor which swords and arrows had a hard time piercing. It can even allow weaker or smaller fighters to overcome larger and stronger opponents by using the inflexible structure of the human body against the opponent. Despite specializing in different fields with different methods to put someone on the ground, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu were refined to overcome the perils which stood above them and along with time, the techniques improved as they are both renowned in the fighting world as some of the most useful types of martial arts to use in a sport.