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Old 10-29-2007, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, first of all!

My answers to your questions, sir:

1) Ong Bak. Not gonna lie.
2) I've been training Muay Thai since December 2006, so almost a year. I've also been training BJJ, but for only 3 months.
3) Mentally, I just said "**** it" and went balls out in sparring, letting them hit me. Physically? I just took a few digs.
4) I'm comfortable with my skills now, have been since the fourth or fifth month, but I want them to be second nature before I fight. Cause then I'll have less of a chance of freaking out and just brawling.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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@Erznana : I totally understand your POV. I'm 34 and started MT just 2 months ago. Until last week, I had only done "soft" sparring for new moves (well, new to me anyway) and last week, I "sparred" with someone who apprently wanted me to know that he knew much more than I did and caught me with a high kick he followed by a left hook he wasn't supposed to throw ... so yes, I have the same hurdle as you have : getting hit for real.

It was the very first time (I've never been involved in a fight)and I must admit, quite surprising.

To answer your questions :

1) What made you get into Muay Thai or MMA?
There is a class 5 mns from my place, and I wanted to practice a contact sport. also the strict work ethic if you want to succeed which can be applie din your everyday life.

2) How long have you been training in Muay Thai / MMA?
2 months

3) What did you do mentally and physically to condition yourself to take a hit?
Since this was my first real hit, I wasn't prepared but I think the mental preparation is the most important.

4) How long did it take for you where you were comfortable enough with your skills to compete?
Not ready yet, and I don't reaaly intend to jump in the ring, I'm just doing it for "fun", not for competition
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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1) What made you get into Muay Thai or MMA?
Fitness, pure and simple

2) How long have you been training in Muay Thai / MMA?
About 18 months

3) What did you do mentally and physically to condition yourself to take a hit?
Nothing got a head like a bowling ball

4) How long did it take for you where you were comfortable enough with your skills to compete?
I have my first fight coming up in 2 and a half weeks
Should be fun
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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After 3 more classes, Here's a little personal update on the "getting hit for real part"

As I said, the mental preparation for that seems to be THE main thing.

Even if it hurts a little (mostly your feelings), if you go in there "prepared" for the fact that you will get punched, You tend to increase slightly you defense level and learn a lot faster.

If the guy in front of you isn't too stupid, just tell him to soften up a bit. otherwise, don't hesitate to increase the power of YOUR punches to make him understand
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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1) I got into Muay Thai when I took a trip to Thailand in 1999 with my family. Me and my father went to Lumpinee Stadium to watch some fights and since then I was hooked.

2) I started training Muay Thai May of 2000 at a small gym near my house. After training for about a 3 years a guy at my Middle School saw me with a Pride T-Shirt on and asked me if I would be interested in trying BJJ.

In 2005 my parents could no longer afford to pay for the classes so as of now I am currently training myslef at my house in my basement with some heavy bags and some friends.

I get most of my training from Bas Ruttens Workout DVDs and other instructionals

3) There is really nothing that you can do to condition yourself for a blow execpt getting hit occasionally in practice. I think my chin is decent though. Not Mark Hunts but it's pretty good

4) I think after my 1st week of Muay Thai I felt like ripping some random person a new one. I was raining with confidence. I think a lot of people get that way. But on a more serious note I think it wasn't until about late 2004 where I felt my skills were on a very dangerous level. As far as competing I never really knew how to take up a sanctioned fight or had the avenues to do it.

5) 12 years old

6) Tae Kwon Do Blue Belt
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Okay, I've been doing this for about a month and a half now. I've been hit but I still can't used to it. Got hit in the kidneys during sparring yesterday and it dropped me. The kicks to the body don't bother me so much, its the punches to the head I can't get over. I tell you, this stuff is truly a test of a man's metal. I don't want to give up though. I was told by one of the other guys there that 6 months is the milestone. Taking this day by day.
Well getting hit in the kidney will drop any man to his knees so your not alone there.

But yes getting used to taking a hit takes time and how you choose to react to it is at least 90% mental
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ive been doing it for about 6 months. Nice to see other 30 year olds starting out.

I really try to focus on defense so that I dont get hit!

The people at my gym are pretty good at sparring. most of the advanced guys arent out to kill you. If anything its the newer people who scare me cause they tend to go all out.
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