How Personality Influences Fighting Style

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Hey all,

Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on how your personality influences fighting style.

Particularly, do you think introverts or extroverts are typically suited to different styles and for people who have lived in Thailand for any amount of time or indeed people who training consistently at home, do you notice any trends in terms of peoples personality and the fighting style they are most effective with. Or do you think there is any correlation at all.

Maybe people think that trainer or gym or body type are more critical in creating a fighters style.


speaking for myself as an introvert, it definitely comes out in my style. I'm never going to be a fighter who comes out swinging for the fences, and I prefer to use counters, sweeps, tricks etc.

I think this comes from the fact that I was never really a 'fighter' or 'brawler' before I started muay Thai . I think of myself as intelligent and like to believe that I can think my way through a fight rather than brawl my way through the rounds. I used to play a lot of football (soccer) and this was how I also used to think about football as well.

I see myself as mentally rather than physically tough. Anyone who trains muay Thai for long time should have some great physical attributes, but I still see my strengths in the mental side, carrying on through pain, walking through onslaughts, etc. I think this comes from the amount of competitive running and hard mountain walking I've always done, where carrying on regardless is a necessity, and in the mountains many hours spent alone/lost/scared/hungry/cold.

However I think an equal influence is your gym/trainer. The gym I learnt at was big on clinch, technique, and proper scoring, and this makes up a massive part of my game.

I didn't really acknowledge how much until I recently moved gyms to a gym with a heavier K1/MMA influence, where there is more emphasis on boxing and a more 'western' style. Although I now feel more confident with my boxing, when the chips are down I fall back on my old style as it was forms the basis of my muay Thai knowledge (i'll happily admit I couldn't fight for shit until I started muay Thai , so I have nothing else to fall back on).

Sparring at my new gym is interesting (not yet fought for them), with people unloading punches on me, which I just block and basically refuse to get involved in a boxing match, and teep/kick/sweep my way out of everything.

For me, body type is the least important. At 6ft 2" and 78-82kg I should make more of my size but I don't. Maybe that would change if I moved up a level or two and was coached to do so.

I tend to get frustrated when I keep missing shots, so this leads me to just go in swinging brawler style.


Mayweather is an extrovert and an exceptional counter fighter.

Based on all the fighters I've met to date and their fighting styles, I can't see any correlation between being an introvert or an extrovert and being a counter fighter / walk forward pressure fighter / brawler.

Even intelligence and fighting style is hard to match up. I've encountered plenty of people who are thick as shit but highly intelligent in terms of their ring craft.

Would be interesting in hearing other opinions though. I don't know enough Thai to get a solid feeling on the personalities of the Thais I've trained with.

You would expect an extrovert person like mayweather to fight very different then his defensive style. And the opposit goes for Manny..

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