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johan 09-28-2009 04:06 AM

age for beginning
 
hello,
i have a few questions and this is one.
im 23 and i like to start with kickboksing and mybe mma.
but most ppl start from young age 13 15 or something.
do i stand a chance against those guys if i start training good?

do they have too much advantage?

and the sparring when someone lands much punches i start looking at the ground and stuff,, not looking at my opponent>
does that ever go away the scared reflex?

im not part of a club or something but im in the army and sometimes i go sparring and stuff very amature like.

well i hope to get some help

greetings,
johan

T.Bone 09-28-2009 04:36 AM

Of course it's ideal to start training competatively at a young age but if you wanna learn and you think that you've got the dedication to fight proffesionally, why not?

The most important thing IMO is conditioning. You can learn alot of what there is to know about MMA and the basics in about 4-5 years and coupled with extremely good cardio you could be fighting in competitions in less than 2 years.

And as for the fear reflexes, get yourself in a club with lots of members and make sure that they spar at an easy pace that suits beginners. Only countless hours of sparring can take away the bodies natural reflexes.

Also, I would try to find a gym/club that teahces all aspects of MMA or maybe a Vale Tudo club. If that isn't an option i would picik Muay Thai over Kick-Boxing as it teaches you to fully utilise the clinch, elbows and kness.

Overall, if you want to compete proffessianlly, you need to dedicate pretty much your whole life to training. it's just a matter of how far you're willing to go and how much you're willing to work.

Edit: Checking kicks is a lot harder than it sounds. But it all comes with practice, it's not something that you can learn overnight.

johan 09-28-2009 04:50 AM

thanks for post

but what is IMO?
condition training is great but im so low fat i weight 72 kg 1.83m, i am pretty strong but i want to gain some weight.
if you train for 2 hours you dont eat?
i eat alot but dont gain much weight...

and sometimes if i go sparring i get pissed when i get hit an get angry...what can i do about that?
and sometimes i get so much lowkicks i hate training..
can you give some advice.?

T.Bone 09-28-2009 05:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johan (Post 1007918)
thanks for post

but what is IMO?
condition training is great but im so low fat i weight 72 kg 1.83m, i am pretty strong but i want to gain some weight.
if you train for 2 hours you dont eat?
i eat alot but dont gain much weight...

and sometimes if i go sparring i get pissed when i get hit an get angry...what can i do about that?
and sometimes i get so much lowkicks i hate training..
can you give some advice.?


IMO = In my opinion.

You probably have a fast metabolism, I suffer from the same thing. I eat and eat but never put any weight on. Try finding some nutritional information on muscle building, I'm sure there'll be loads of web-sites out there, just google it. There's always supplements (things like Creatin) aswell which put on a lot of muscle if you train accordingly.

As for your anger, use it against your opponent and try not to panic if/when you get tagged. Any combat sport or martial art comes with discipline. It's something that comes with practice and countless sparring sessions.

Defending leg kicks is known as checking. Try to check them by lifting your defending leg so that your knee is in the air (as if you were kneeing air), and always point your toes and foot upwards so that your shin is more protected by cartilage and muscle. This is something that's very hard to describe over the net but I'm sure there'll be some vids on yotuube or something on checking kicks.

Again sparring over and over with knowledgable and respectful training partners will sharpen you up and eventually it'll all come naturally.

Edit: Checking kicks is a lot harder than it sounds. But it all comes with practice, it's not something that you can learn overnight.

johan 09-28-2009 05:58 AM

yea my checking is mostly too late for the block.
sometimes if i give a lowkick and i hit the knee or he blocks my kick i have lots of pain in my shin not able to kick so much or hard.
then i have to wait few days to get it less painfull and go sparring again.
maybe thats just in the beginning?

i dint know about the feet and toes upwards while checking so ill try that.
but the reacting to the opponents kick is very hard...
should i do more leg training in the gym? to prevent some pain?

well thx for tips and tools


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