It would be neat if scoring Muay Thai in the states were actually like this.
The dude is no expert, and he doesn't claim to be. I think he does have most things pretty spot on, though. And he explains it in an easy way that makes sense.
Thai culture is inherently different than Western culture, especially American culture. But if in America, we're going to promote "Muay Thai", I think it's important to be true to the art and culture. Otherwise, it's a different sport.
In my humble opinion, I think that an upsettingly large number, especially of the lower level "Muay Thai" promotions in the states showcase MMA fighters from MMA-style gyms, using MMA judges and referees, and try to call it "Muay Thai" based on the rule set.
It's frustrating to me when I hear someone talk about how they "wanna get some Thai fights in for experience".
I try not to, but I roll my eyes and write them off in my mind. I can picture the fight in my mind, and it makes me cringe.
I think, with the growing popularity of Glory, we'll see more shows with "glory rules" promotions. Maybe that will be the separation needed to start to promote a true Muay Thai movement.
Don't get me wrong, I love Glory and K-1 and great Kickboxing shows. I fought for K-1 a couple of times. They treated me like a rockstar and paid me more than any promotion ever has. And I would absolutely LOVE to get that call from Glory. It's just a different animal than Muay Thai. It will undoubtedly be more popular in America than Muay Thai ever was, and I'm ok with that. It just breaks my heart to see something that I hold so dear and think is so beautiful totally bastardized by a culture of people who never took the time to understand it, let alone appreciate it.