You are speaking 5 months of of Muay Thai at an MMA gym. My guess is that with in those 5 months there are a lot of Muay Thai techniques that you didn't do. 5 months isn't long Elbows to the body When you are inside close to your opponent then your opponent can no longer use many of his punches. How does not not make sense? If you and I are sparring, I close the distance to where you you can no longer punch, then for you that would only leave grappling. If I land an elbow to your chest or ribs before you can grab me then that strike will interrupt any technique that you would use on me. If you can grab me before my elbow strike then you will be able to interfere with my efforts to use my elbow. Am I the only one that trains elbows?