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Why are Eastern martial arts fought more brutally than those in the West?

Apinya97
Western martial arts tend to be quite strict with the protective gear that’s required (head and groin guards etc) and how strikes are often limited to above the belt.

Yet some Eastern martial arts, such as some Thai boxing classes and combat sambo, often restrict the use of head and groin guards, and allow full contact strikes anywhere above or below the belt.

I have even Googled this beyond my own experience and found many examples of this to be true.

Is it the case that Eastern martial arts are more focused on practicing a ‘real life’ kind of training experience, whereas Western martial arts are more concerned about style and technique? Which is the better way do you feel? Thank you.
Why are Eastern martial arts fought more brutally than those in the West?
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