Being a former Muay Boran student, I can say this;
The MT you see in Ong Bak is supposedly "Entertainment MT" because it involves a lot of TKD mechanics for 'flash'.
MT isn't an art where you could devote time just to have 'fun'. MT is a pain to practice, if you can't cope with it, don't do it. Unless it's a western gym based on books and no lineage tracing back to Thailand, then feel free to have 'fun' but do know what you'd be learning will be just cr4p.
I don't have anything against gyms being opened in the west. I just DO have something against westerners opening their gyms, claiming to be champions and don't have a [censored] clue what they're doing and then diss real boxers from Thailand who have at least 400 matches under their belt. So in short, if the gym doesn't have lineage tracing back to Thailand, then it's fake. Simple as that and I don't give a damn if they're good or not. No lineage back to Thailand, then it's kickboxing and not MT.
For example (Yes, I am now openly criticizing a gym), "The Academy" I found on youtube.com. The teacher is cr4p, what he teaches is cr4p, what he says is cr4p and his technique is cr4p but most importantly he has no lineage tracing back to Thailand. I think I posted about his school on this forum a while back. Do some searching.
MT is NOT just about elbows and knees even though they're the unique aspect of MT. MT has kicks and punches too. Don't forget clinch, the only stand-up striking art to work in the clinch religiously on par with grappling arts.
Quote: DCM wasn't a jerk, he's just that type of person. He puts everything straight. Don't mind him, he's a cool guy if you get to know him.
so next time you wanna be a jerk stop and read what people are really saying.