Although all martial arts employ a variety of kicking techniques, undoubtedly the most widely recognized kicking styles are that of Thailand’s, “ Muay Thai” and Korea’s “Tae Kwon Do.” To the untrained eye these two styles may be as different as night and day, but according to martial arts master Bob Chaney, they have more in common than most people might think
“Both styles believe that they are the best kicking styles in the world…and they are,” says Master Bob Chaney. “There are tremendous parallels between the two styles but there are certain differences, and I believe the effective edge goes to Muay Thai.”
Atesting to Chaney’s skill in both arts, Tae Kwon Do founder, General Choi, promoted him and Chuck Norris to 8th degree Grand Master status in April of 2000.
As a Tae Kwon Do fighter, Chaney was once one of the nations leading tournament competitors. Today his dojang is second to none, teaching traditional Tae Kwon Do. He also is considered one of the world’s leading trainers and teachers of Muay Thai. To keep his skill’s razor sharp, Master Chaney travels monthly to Bangkok Thailand where he continues to promote and train in Muay Thai.
At Master Chaney’s schools in California he teaches both Muay Thai kickboxing and traditional Tae Kwon Do. Although each style is taught independently, he sometimes blends them together. When someone from another Korean or traditional system comes in to learn Muay Thai, Master Chaney notices that they have a problem adjusting to the different style of kicking as practiced in Muay Thai.