Muay Thai vs. Jiu-jitsu – dojo challenge showdown
Both Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are highly effective martial arts on their own and probably the most effective in their own respective categories. Muay Thai being the most effective striking art and BJJ being the most effective grappling art.
Much like in the game of rock, paper, scissors though, a pure BJJ practitioner is going to beat a pure muay Thai fighter the vast majority of the time much like we see here in this video.
In this video we see a dojo challenge showdown between several BJJ players taking on several muay Thai fighters of varying skill and ability and it is not very competitive to say the least.
As soon as the BJJ fighters get their striking-based opponents to the ground it is easy work for them. The muay Thai guys all look like fishes of water on the ground and standing up they are very apprehensive with their strikes out of fear of being taken down.
Also interesting to note is the Thai fighters all are wearing big bulky 16 ounce gloves. This would be a huge disadvantage when grappling and makes you pretty defensiveness on the ground. Also, it makes it much easier for you to be submitted as your opponent can grab your glove during arm locks and such. Plus, good luck defending a choke when you can’t pry your opponent’s hand away.
Though this is a pretty respectful challenge match between two very different styles of fighting, you really get to see how important it is to know how to fight on the ground. Though both Muay Thai and BJJ are each effective martial arts in self-defense, when paired up against each other the BJJ guy is almost always going to win.
Though of course it is always best to have a well-rounded game both in striking and grappling so you are prepared to defend yourself in any scenario.