There's this MMA I train at for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Before I started going to this MMA gym, I had some amateur boxing background. I'm not very flexible from the waist below nor with my legs and I'm not much of a kicker so...
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yes and no.
yes, because it helps that you already know the basic punches; the combos; slip, parry and jab, etc. so you only have to focus on learning the kicks. you can also tell the instructor that you have boxing experience so you will find it easier to integrate with a new gym.
no, because from a boxing perspective you start doing all of this intricate phonebooth style boxing when you get up close rather than using traditional muay thai clench techniques. obviously you won't be doing knees and elbows to the head, not for a long time but it's still good to be familiar with the clench.
then there is range as well. if you are a tall boxer and used to using your reach for jabs, this is not as effective for muay thai because your opponent can still land low kicks, teeps, roundhouse to the body and even a front knee from a further distance than you can throw an extended jab (shoulder protruding forwards, in front of jaw). but then as a tall guy you will still have plenty of range for kicking.
before you go there are two kicks you should focus on:
- front kick : this is a teep on the front leg, just a front kick on the back leg
- roundhouse: this is a switch kick with your front leg. you can also do roundhouse to the thigh (low kick), body (body kick) or head (head kick)
If you can, try working these in with your punches, and learn how to use punches to disguise kicks.
I think on the whole, boxing will help, so I voted yes.0