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Originally posted by aikun9372 at 2006-9-21 04:07
But I heard that the Muay thai boxers back in 1974 were seasoned full-time fighters while the Kung fu competitors from Hong Kong were more or less part-time practitioners. I even read a Martial Art magazine sometime back that a visitor to the Kung fu school prior to the second tournament (Because, as you may know, the Muay Thai boxers knocked out the Kung Fighters on two separate occasions) reported that instead of practising, they were playing cards.
l was expecting dissent
l'm afraid this just sounds like people trying to come up with excuses... as far as l know, the competitors from hong kong were among the best in their respective styles.
Also remember, Bruce Lee defeated in real life, a top exponent of Thai Kick-Boxing - name Chachai (when he was shoting the Big boss). But then again, you may argue Bruce Lee isn't an orthodox Kung fu fighter.
l most certainly would argue that...
Basically, I reckon with adequate traditional kung fu training, with the appropriate seasoning and conditioning of limbs, Kung fu is more than a match for Muay Thai. Doing Kung fu two days a week for 3 hours after work isn't a serious or true attempt at the art! And confining Kung Fu to a ring does work to the advantage of other fighting styles which were developed as sports.
in my opinion, traditional kungfu training focuses too much time on perfecting highly stylised (and some would say unnecessarily fancy) moves. this and the lack of emphasis placed on sparring, leaves kungfu fighters with a clear disadvantage in the ring, or on the street.
muay thai on the other hand is more simplistic in style, only using the most effective strikes. this and the emphasis placed on sparring, gives muay thai fighters a clear advantage in the ring.
me thinks it's time for a new tournament...