Most people who have followed Muay Thai and Kickboxing for a while have probably noticed that not all fighters hold their hands in the same way at a professional level. Since “styles make fights”, it’s interesting to understand why each style works and when or even if you should use it.
To quote Byron Rodgers, “Situation dictates tactics”. I really like analysing why different fighting styles work and then adapting my own game around the circumstances I find myself in.
Shane Fasen does a really good job of explaining some of the more common Muay Thai guard styles in this video. I particularly like the explanation for why some people prefer the long guard and some people prefer the Dutch style.