Sports, while seen for the first time, may seem pretty simple and confusing, and if you don’t really know about it, it could be quite an easy job to call them by another name when there are many subcategories of the same sport.
And this simple rule applies to Kickboxing, which houses K-1 and Muay Thai. At first, it may seem confusing but at the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the key differences between these two sports. Things to keep in mind include rules, basic knowledge, and different use or control over different parts of the body.
These are the main differences between K-1 and Muay Thai that will help you place better bets.
This one is pretty simple. Muay Thai is mainly considered a martial art as well as a contact sport while K-1 is considered as a combat sport and a promotion for the martial arts.
As said before, the main difference between the two centers around the rules and what is allowed. In that case, we could say that Muay Thai contains much more elbow and knee techniques and participants are allowed to grab while in K-1 they focus on clear strikes.
Obviously, every sport has to have an origin, in this case, Muay Thai or the art of eight limbs originated in Thailand literally meaning “Thailand Boxing” while K-1 was created in 1993 as a Martial Art promotion originating from Kickboxing.
And with those three differences we conclude this simple but useful list. Now it is easy for us to appreciate that Muay Thai is a much rougher sport that has more freedom than K-1 being able to use elbow and knee strikes as well as grabs.
Knowing these key differences and the basics on the sports will allow you to place smarter bets. We trust that you will enjoy betting on K-1 and find it to be a very rewarding experience. Good luck!