The controversy surrounding UFC 181 can’t go without some discussion, so that’s the first topic on the table for Connor and Pat on today’s episode of Heavy Hands.

After that, however, it’s time to talk international fight styles. There are a number of regional schools in both boxing and wrestling, and today your hosts break them down. In addition, there are the three branches of “Muay Thai” that should be familiar to fans of MMA: the Dutch style, the Brazilian style, and of course the Thai style. What makes them different? From where do the different approaches to the same art stem, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

All of that and more on this episode of Heavy Hands!

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  1. CantankerousCaveBear says:

    Connor, I enjoyed this podcast immensely.

    I’ve become a huge Kickboxing fan over the past year and a half, and am quite glad you guys spent time discussing it.
    Although you’ve set the bar high, this was the most enjoyable podcast to date, IMHO.
    You guys are articulate and passionate, compelling listening every single time.
    Your attention to detail has also helped me fully comprehend some of the nuances in combat sports (I’m relatively new to it all).

    A few questions for you, if you had to choose, who would you select as your favorite Kickboxers and Nak Muays, past or present? Who do you enjoy watching? As someone who trains in boxing, who do you believe are the fighters with the most notable hands in kickboxing currently? What are some shortcomings/flaws you see in the boxing skills displayed by high level kickboxers (GLORY, K-1)?

    I love the Dutch style, the synthesis of Kyokushin Karate principles and MT is very appealing, personally. I agree with your sentiments regarding Cuban boxers, absolutely sublime technique, and such a joy to watch.

    On a completely unrelated note, are you two avid fans of any other sports (outside the combat realm)?

    Cheers from Toronto, and keep up the good work! I’ll definitely recommend you guys to some of my uninitiated friends.

    • Connor says:

      Your kind words are really appreciated! We’re doing a Q&A episode next week, so we’ll save your questions for then.

      As for other sports, I watch nothing but fighting and the occasional soccer game. I’m a weirdo, but it’s hard for me to appreciate games now that I’m hooked on combat sports.

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