3 Reasons A Striker (Muay Thai) Should Train Grappling (Jiu-Jitsu)?

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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.

Fitness

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.

Fighting Ability 

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.

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