One of the things that appeals to me about martial arts is the fact that it's basically the science of the human machine. By that I mean we focus on details of body mechanics, energy, the mind, and how it all fits together to make a single functioning unit.
To that end, I do take a keen interest in theory as well as practical aspects.
I've been trying to learn the differences between the highly revered muay thai round kick, and the roundhouse we have in karate and it's spin offs.
I don't have a local muay thai school to learn at, and I'm not sure I'd want to anyway. Those guys are tougher than me. They consider it essential to fracture their own shins apparently. I don't fancy that myself. But I have been watching tutorials on YouTube.
It seems to me that there are 3 basic differences.
1. In karate, we train to maintain a strong position even if we miss. In muay thai they follow through to the extent that if they miss, they'll end up exposing their back to their opponent.
2. In karate we strike with the foot (which part depends partly on the specific style) while the muay thai folks use the shin
3. In karate we fire straight from where we're at, pivoting the supporting foot as we release. In muay thai they set up half the pivot with a step.
Muay thai is revered for its devastating kicks. I can see why they use shins. I believe feet just aren't designed to take that much impact force.
Any thoughts on the pros and cons of each, specifically in relation to the roundhouse kick? Why doesn't karate adopt the muay thai version, or vice versa?