Originally Posted by cuchillo negro
This sounds like any typical Muay Thai gym but what makes it the most practical art. Trust me back in the days I thought Muay Thai was the ultimate martial art when I trained in it just like I thought boxing was the ultimate art when I trained in that and kickboxing the same thing. However whenever I went up against friend that had a wrestling background I could not for the world prevent them from taking me down and that is where the nightmare began for me. I knew my punches and kicks were useless on my back. So I would make excuses like "well if it was a real fight I could knock these guys out" but who was I kidding. Then I saw the the first UFC and that confirmed for me that I needed to work on groundfighting so in 1995 I joined a BJJ school and I never looked back. I do teach MT and boxing today but it is in conjunction with BJJ and BJJ is the core of the system I teach.
Keep in mind I did not claim any style was the best. When I went looking for a fighting gym I was looking for a type of training that seemed effective to me at the time. It just so happens the Muay Thai gym looked the best, and I have no doubt that if the Krav Maga gym didn't look so lame I would be training Krav right now because I went to that gym first.
I am confident the experienced students at my gym could more than hold their own against the vast majority of men they would ever square off against, no matter what discipline the other guy trained (which most of the time is no training). Obviously everyone will meet up with a better fighter at some point, but that's true no matter who you are or what you train.
Personally, I'm only good enough to protect myself against the good fighters and occasionally score a few good hits, but I can already tell how the chaos of a fight is slowing down for me. In my opinion, getting over the fear of being hit and not being overwhelmed by the chaos of a fight is half the battle to handling yourself. I got caught with a right cross to my jaw in one of my first sparring sessions that almost knocked me out cold. It hurt for a couple days, but the experience of being able to take a blow like that and keep going did wonders for my confidence. A back kick to the mouth did the same thing, but I didn't go down. Now I'm not afraid to close the gap with my hands up and trade blows with other fighters. It's all about gaining experience in fighting situations that are as life-like as possible. I figure, "I have a mouthpiece, and I can strike hard too, so let's go".
My gym also teaches BJJ right after Muay Thai. I have no idea the quality of the training, but I have to assume it is decent or the owner wouldn't allow it in his place. Problem is, after weight training at lunch and doing a full Muay Thai workout at 5:30, there is no way I could survive another hour long fighting class!
The same gym also has an Eskrima (sp?) stick fighting class immediately after BJJ, and that also intrigues me.