Posted by fullerene
* Your guard is typically held further from your body in MT and kickboxing (to block potential kicks as well). This means there are more arm punches (extended from the elbow rather than the shoulder) in kickboxing/MT than in boxing
While I do disagree with some of your other points (mainly about hooks to the body and uppercuts, which can be devastating if you side step a kick and pop in low, and explode upwards with 2 uppercuts to your opponents body (mag Krit), you can knock the wind out of your opponent so easily) but I thought the point above is the one I really should query, not because Im saying your guard is wrong, but the way Ive been taught to do it, and the way I see most of the Thai's doing (apart from Buakaw, though even he does it sometimes) is too keep the hand really high, keeping the fists about temple height, to gaurd the head. The body is covered by the knees; as Im sure you know, you can defend up to your arm pit with a knee, which is what we use to block kicks and incoming body shots, while keeping the head covered at all times.
You maintain the Kum Chung (guard position, hands held high) while using the Maw Jahng (horse trotting, alternating lifting knees) to keep your rhythm for fighting.
That said, Im exclusively a Nak Muay (thai boxer) so Im only coming at this from a MT perspective. Furthermore, there is no right way or wrong way do things, so please dont be offended