When it comes to self-defense and various real life dangerous situations, both Boxing and Muay Thai are great martial arts to practice. Boxing will probably get you into defensive position and competence a lot quicker in most situations, as the focus it puta on timing, spacing, and reading your opponent use of hands. Every fight begins with standing up and Boxing is one of the best skills to have in a fight with your hands.
Muay Thai will teach you how to read opponent leg’s movements. Most self defense situations do not necessarily require this skill, but when you meet an opponent who can kick, this gives a high chance of ruining whatever strategy you had in place with boxing.
Training Boxing enables you get much more proficient in self-defense in the short term (approximately 6 months training time). However, Muay Thai training emphasizes on he clinch and have a longer striking range.
Therefore, if you aim for Short term self-defense, choose Boxing and Long term self-defense choose Muay Thai.
Which Martial Art is Easier to Learn?
When you compare the two arts, both Boxing and Muay Thai can be easy and hard at the same time depending on which aspect of training you’re following.
Muay Thai involves the use of all striking points through elbows, knees, kicks, and punches. This type of striking takes a much longer time to master when compared to just using one form of attack. Not only do you need to learn how to master these type of strikes, but you also have to learn to master defending against these type of strikes. There is no Muay Thai professional that does not know how to properly defend a low kick. Muay Thai clinching is also vitally critical to learn and that takes a long time to master.