Jiu Jitsu vs Muay Thai: Which One is More Fierce?

Trying to figure out which sport— between Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai—is superior than the other?

Well, many other martial arts fanatics are also in a dilemma on which of the two sports to choose.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss the two sports side by side in a bit to help you make an informed decision.

We will begin with Muay Thai…

The form and origin of Muay Thai

You can call it the Thai boxing if you like. This type of martial is a close-combat, stand-up form of martial arts that utilizes the entire body except the head to mimic the weapons of war.

As a fighting style, it is thought to date back to about three to four centuries ago from Siam dynasty, now Thailand.

For your info, it’s also referred to as the art of eight weapons because there are eight contact points. That is, the fists, elbows knees and feet.

You’ll also notice that in Muay Thai boxing, the kicks the participants use are the te-Chiang(the upward kicks cutting under the underarm and ribs) and the foot jab.

How the Muay Thai artist fight

You will also notice that in the Thai, the fighters show a great deal of flexibility in how they use their bodies. That is because full body movement or rotation is allowed in the sport. You can also combine all the techniques. These techniques are sharpened through practice. It takes times to get your nose anywhere close to the ring.

The tactics

The techniques will include but not limited to: hammer and back fists, overhands, uppercut, shovel and corkscrew punches and the list goes on. Each part of the body operates as one unit can be used to attack or for defense.


When there’s a competition, the matches are divided into 4 rounds with 2-minute breaks. This type of martial art has adopted the western kickboxing into its dynamics. Kicks and punches you mention it. And just like in kickboxing, Muay Thai does not allow for the fight to continue on the ground.

Let’s move on to the other type of martial art…

Brazilian Jiu-jistu (origin)

Did you know that Brazilian jiu-jitsu was founded and popularized by Helio Gracie in 1900?

He modified the art of Japanese martial arts into something he could practice without much strain because he was physically frail. He the original form of martial arts from his older brothers who in had learnt it from the Japanese man.

But, he could don’t make most of the stunts. Therefore, he then purposed to reduce the intensity in that type of martial art while still maintaining its effectiveness.  And voilà BJJ was born.

It’s one fit for all

This form of art is mostly a tussle on the ground. It was developed for those of us who may not have the advantage of big bodily stature and wished to defeat an opponent much bigger than ourselves. In addition, it equips us with useful self-defense tactics.

This doesn’t however mean if you a big dude or girl BJJ is not for you. In fact, that would be an added advantage. The fighting style basically involves grappling, and submission.

So, which technique is more deadly?

Now that you know which is what and what is which, let us look at the techniques more closely. For Muay Thai, almost every part of the body is utilized to attack and defend. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, although you may use several body parts, the attack is mainly focused on grounding the opponent rather than attacking.

BJJ technique was born out of necessity to empower those who are not as energetic and put them into the same level with massive built people.

The Founder of art the Hélio Gracie demonstrated this. He repeatedly defeated many reputable and people twice his size by applying joint-locks and choke holds

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stresses on putting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground-fighting techniques and submission holds.  This is in contrast to Muay Thai.

Although some Thai boxing competitions are not strictly on ground combat, the combination of this two makes it very deadly. Muay Thai form of martial are may render you powerless against a strong and a bigger enemy.

The time in contact

In BJJ you can pin to opponent ground from the side, and once on the ground you can then apply pressure to the opponent’s chest and shoulders for total submission. In Muay Thai you are only allowed to maintain a minimal contact and while standing.

This is less dangerous especially if you are not as strong as your opponent control.

In a Muay Thai martial art competition, when your opponent is down you simply back off. Unless, someone attacked you, I don't see why you would back off. BJJ on the other hand you can mount from the back or fully, while just to enjoy the ride and force your opponent into submission with the weight of your body.

Mount and choke hold

The mounting is also used to apply choke holds, and proves valuable to counter the size advantage the size you may have. Don't think that if you encounter a Muay Thai martial artist you could not die from the punches. Their kicks are lethal and the trained elbows could crush your bones to pieces.


Let me show you something else BJJ style called the guard. There are three main types of guard; Open, Closed, and Half. In guard, you use your legs to make opponent sort of immobile. You do this barring their feet, push or pull to the position that renders them less powerful. In Muay the kicks are direct to be efficient and delivers the most painful spots.

Submit or go down like a man

There isn’t much submitting in Muay Thai, and there’s less contact between opponents this means that the looser will have received a bit of nice kicks and punches. Also the duration is a little bit longer than in BJJ. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu an opponent is overcome by the application of pressure in a controlled manner.

If the opponent cannot escape and they signal defeat through submission. This can either done be through tapping of verbally.

Final Word

In conclusion, I’d recommend you to practice BJJ. I do not, however, disregard Thai boxing and I believe a combination of the two disciplines could be of tremendous benefit to the person who wishes to practice both of them.

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