Both Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu are popular modern combat sports. These two systems are relatively at the top. However, there are several reasons a striker (Muay Thai) may need to train grappling (Jiu-Jitsu). If you are a committed Muay Thai fan, you don’t need to worry. Cross-training is not harmful, as a matter of fact, it is used by top athletes to stay fit and prevent injuries.
We will compare the two systems under three separate factors: fitness, self-defense, and fight.
Both sports provide great fitness benefits. Nevertheless, Jiu-Jitsu gives you more strength and muscular endurance. As a student of Muay Thai, you can add these to your already developed power and cardiovascular endurance.
Adding grip strength and muscular endurance to your skillsets is a huge plus.
Full Coverage When It Comes to Self-Defense
Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu were designed for close combat. They are both geared towards self-defense. However, Muay Thai falls short in ground-fighting skills. While most fights begin in a stand-up position, they often end up on the ground. Having the grappling skills of Jiu-Jitsu will better equip you to defend yourself.
Those who practice Muay Thai are typically equipped with skills to avoid being taken to the ground. This includes clinching. If a Nak Muay is successful in striking a Jiu Jitsuka in a close-range scuffle, he can win the fight. However, if a Jiu Jitsuka is able to take a Nak Muay to the floor, it is pretty much game over for the Nak Muay. Having both skills will protect you from all the eventualities of a fight.