My first fight
Muay thai in China
In China, "muay thai" fights are not quite the same as in Thailand. In traditional muay thai fights, there are elbows and clinching, when two opponents grab hold of one another in effort to land a close-range knee or elbow. This part of the fight can be physically demanding and requires a different skill set. Many Chinese practitioners of muay thai benefit from practicing the Chinese martial art called Sanda, which includes a wrestling component in which fighters take each other to the ground with throws. Muay thai is similar but not the same and it can often be seen when a season Sanda fighter tries a muay thai fight, relying more on throws than on skill to try and win the fight.
For my first fight, I fought kickboxing rules which are: no elbows, one knee at a time and the clinch is only 2-3 seconds. This changes your strategy a lot. In the above photo, I'm talking with my trainer Stan about how to best incorporate throws and knees into my game plan. In muay thai the fighter wins points for kicks, knees and punches that connect, any throw or take down that is part of the muay thai style, and how dominant the fighter is throughout the fight.