Posted on September 27 2017


Whether on the street or as a sport, most fighting starts with the fighters standing. Even though many fights wind up on the ground, they all start standing. So, barring that the fight isn’t going to go to the ground and we are taking weapons out of the picture what are the most effective striking arts and which ones should a fighter train in?

Humans have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history and here are the top striking arts.

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. Beside using their effective striking, boxers utilize head movement and defensives stances to avoid blow from their opponents. Boxers often have the most accurate strikes compared to other strikers.  One of the biggest downfalls of boxing is do not practice any form of kicks or clinch work.

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.  Muay Thai contains some of the hardest strikes due to the force at which the strikes are executed. The clinch also helps the force of the strikes.  The Muay Thai knee is one of the most powerful strikes in combat sports.

Karate (空手)  is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom.  Karate mixes both hand strikes and kicking. Many karate fighters use illusive tactics for fighting where they’ll throw one or two strikes back away and income back in for another series of shrikes.  Many karate fighters practice point fighting have had success in MMA.



What do you think is the best striking art?

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