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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

NO!!!!! Get out. Get out now. As in, do not train there even one more time. There is always the chance of being injured in any martial art. That's true of any active sport, of course--but "combat ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

I will present a judo view of sparring, which will be partially applicable to a kickboxing situation. Judo has two key principles: mutual welfare and benefit maximum efficiency As applied to ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

As a short answer, I'd say that it comes down to trust and pattern recognition. Respect the level of experience. During sparring, if the woman recognizes the patterns in your attack and defends with ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

You're answering your own question here. In sparring they can't go light and hit with momentum and throw dangerous moves. I have seen another guy get an elbow to on the back of his neck and haven't ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

The question asks which is more effective: Doing MMA or doing multiple different martial arts. There are a couple of different interpretations about what is meant by "effective" in this context, ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

No. The only asset is if you have to train less BJJ to training Muay Thai. If you will train MT and will have the same hours of training of BJJ this is not an issue. As a martial art, you need spend ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

Defending punches by putting a glove against your face is not a successful strategy without big gloves. With MMA's small gloves or without gloves at all, it is a Bad Idea. To be truthful, it's not an ...
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Training on hard ground

I see no trouble training pure striking on a hard floor. It's also not clear that the floor was the cause of your injury--you say it is from hitting pads. If throws, clinch, or takedowns are even a ...
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

But, when training, you can stop and breathe. But there's no time to breathe in a real fight. This difference does not have to exist. A coach should occasionally put students through sparring of some ...
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

It comes down to the same reasons which hold for the different roundhouse kick: power and dmg vs. speed and predictability. Thai fighters have a different goal compared to karate and TKD fighters as ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

Drills are meant to teach your muscles to perform a technique properly. I would pad the hell out of the recipient before I let another student hit him/her full-force. It's not about inflicting damage, ...
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Muay Thai defensive techniques against grappling attacks

Since Muay Thai is a sport that doesn't allow takedowns or grappling it doesn't contain countermeasures for theses kind of attacks. Neither does for example boxing. If a muay thai fighter tries a take ...
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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Your shin can break if you kick someone very hard and they block just right and all conditions align against you. You can break your hand punching someone, even aiming to soft targets like the ribs. ...
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How to spar against a weaker opponent

Competition, in a club setting, should be all about learning: for yourself and them. Thus, Help them! Against a weaker opponent, your goal should be to make them better. So, allow them to practice ...
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Clumsy and struggling with performing techniques

What you are experiencing is normal. You are trying to learn new skills and movements and are clearly getting overwhelmed by it. There are a few things you can do: Take it slowly, as slowly as you ...
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Can one be a formidable MT fighter, if they are unable to jump-rope, swim, cycle, or run long distances?

The only thing wrong is that you are currently out of shape and really have presented no evidence that you are doing anything to get back into shape. I used to play basketball a lot, I could play 3 ...
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How to make knuckles bigger like Bruce Lee's knuckles?

I suggest you do not actually want big knuckles. The enlargement of the knuckles may be osteoarthritis, a painful, degenerative condition where your hands will stiffen over time. Although it may serve ...
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Risk of brain damage in casual/moderate Muay Thai sparring

Several sports aside boxing and martial arts (such as soccer, rugby, ice hockey) have the potential to cause damage. So, the risks are real and clear (for example: Kickboxing sport as a new cause of ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

You should get out. While it's true that any training there is a spectrum of how hard you may want to go - from the no-contact doing only forms kind of training up to folks like the Dog Brothers ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

It all depends on what you want to achieve. Want to become a boxing champion? Go do boxing. Want to be TKD pro? Go practice TKD. If you just want to be able to fight off some bullies practice (almost)...
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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

Most of this advise is a sub-set of looking out for a Mc Dojop. I am going to assume that you are referring to technical knowledge instead of generic "should I train here" which has been answered here ...
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Practicing Muay Thai kicks with no partner

I'd use a heavy bag instead of a tree, but if it's what you've got then it's what you've got. I wouldn't throw full force kicks because a tree doesn't "give" even if it's padded.
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What is the relative frequency of Muay Thai in the UFC vs. other fighting styles and why?

It's almost impossible to shoehorn fighters into individual styles these days since they're all training multiple martial arts. Rarely do we see the old school "karate guy" or "judo guy". Even those ...
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How do martial artists make stronger fingers via hot sand?

This is a traditional toughening exercise in some martial arts, sometimes referred to in Japanese martial arts as Jari Bako. The long and short of it is that it works by traumatizing your hands, ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

I'm not sure why you feel the need to adapt your sparring to women specifically. I always try to adapt my sparring to the person I'm sparring with: make it interesting and challenging for them if I ...
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What sort of throws are illegal in Muay Thai and why?

I think Sylvie conveys the right feeling in this article: I’ve fought over 100 times in Thailand and honestly I have never had a completely clear picture of what is and is not a legal throw in Muay ...
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Want to know the proper name of a Judo throw

The judo name is sasae tsurikomi ashi (propping, lifting-pulling leg). Your mechanics description matches this quite well. Done in a minimalist judo style, the leg is not kicked, but simply blocked.
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

The primary reason for mouth-guards is to guard against the damage that happens when they teeth crash into each other. For that reason, a single-mouth guard is generally sufficient, providing a guard ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse, step out at 45 degrees and preventing feet injury

The risk is not to the feet, but to the knees - and it is more likely to come from under rotation than over rotation. When you execute a roundhouse kick the torso rotates around with the hips turning &...
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Is it advisable to try to catch a low kick to the thigh in Muay Thai?

Anderson Silva, an MMA fighter with a muay Thai background, has executed low-kick catches in the UFC against Chael Sonnen (to an inside leg kick, no less) and James Irvin, as described in this Judo ...

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