I want to become a well-rounded martial artist.

I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay Thai but I fear a negative effect on my grappling skills.

I asked some friends (not really experts) if it's good to add Muay Thai and they replied by saying it'll affect my BJJ in a negative sense. Is this true?

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    Your friends statements lack a reason as to why Muay Thai would affect BJJ. Without said reasons, we cannot state whether they are correct or not. I suggest either adding those reasons or remove that part of the question. I even lean towards the latter as it is not necessary for the question to be a good one. – Sardathrion - Reinstate Monica Jul 16 '15 at 6:36
  • There are positives and negatives to every interaction in life. Do you have a metric for how to compare them? For example, if Muay Thai were to negatively affect your grappling skills (perhaps because you have less time to practice them) or even just change those skills slightly, but decrease the odds of needing those skills because you have other skills available, is that a good or a bad thing? Without knowing your individual life goals, it could be difficult to give any definitive answer. – Cort Ammon - Reinstate Monica Jul 16 '15 at 11:59
  • Do you fear a negative effect independently of your friends, or just because of them? – mattm Jul 16 '15 at 16:02


The only asset is if you have to training less BJJ to training Muay Thai. If you will train MT and will have the same hours of training of BJJ this is not a issue.

As a martial art you need spend time training.

The longer you practice the luckiest you are. Rickson Gracie

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