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Old 09-18-2006, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Too old to start training MMA?

Hey I am 19 years old and in decent shape. I was never that much of an athlete but I really want to compete in MMA. Am I "too old" to start martial arts training? I know a lot of people start when they're very young, is it really hard to catch up? I plan on definitley starting training Jiu-Jitsu very soon for my ground game but what is the most appliable martial arts that really works in stand up in a fight? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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your not too old bro....go for it....some guys dont start training till they are 25..19 is young..just think by the time ur 30, u will have 11 years of mma experience..ull be a mma wizard
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree, you are no where near too old.....I am 24 and besides a background in TKD I only resently started serious training in the last year. The guys that say they have been doing BJJ since they were younger, is all nice. But in a fight anything can happen....I have seen white belts beat blue and once a purple. I have seen purple beat brown and black. So go for it.
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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19! I wish I had started training at 19. I am 33 and I just started boxing a few months ago. Of course I'm just trying to get back into shape and don't have any aspirations of going pro. I've noticed that just by paying close attention to my coach and doing what he tells me, I get exponentially better than 1/2 the guys in my gym who have been doing it longer. Look at Rich Franklin. Practically taught himself and within a year was kicking the snot out of people. Hell, I've seen bad muthas with no training destroy guys with 10 black belts in every martial art. I think that is why I love MMA so much.
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