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Old 10-30-2008, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long should i wait tell my first Muay Thai fight?

Hi every one I am very new to Muay Thai i have been doing it for 3 months. I was wondering how long is a good wait for my first fight i can do it soon or later on in the year or wait even longer. What would you suggest?
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Truthfully, no one here can answer that question for you. If you are training and you want to fight, the only person who can answer that for you is your trainer. If your trainer is paying attention, they will be able to realistically assess how you would do in a match (be it a smoker or just sparring).

A lot of places that I know of will first put you through "the paces" to make sure that you have the basic skill set needed even start sparring. Learning proper stance, footwork, technique, and conditioning are things that take a while to ingrain into your skill set to the point that you don't have to think about it. A lot of places will put their new students on a "probation" period of 3 to 6 months before they even consider having the person do light sparring.

I will warn you, when you start sparring, you will feel like you are starting from scratch again. Even though you know for sure that you can perfectly punch or kick a bag/pad in daily training, everything changes when you have an actual live person in front of you that is trying to hit you back. However, this is where you will hone your sense of timing, range and learn how to defend properly.

If you are truly interested in fighting, let your trainer know. That way they can start taking an account of your skills and begin to honestly give you feedback on their assessments.

Good luck.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi every one I am very new to Muay Thai i have been doing it for 3 months. I was wondering how long is a good wait for my first fight i can do it soon or later on in the year or wait even longer. What would you suggest?
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Truthfully, no one here can answer that question for you. If you are training and you want to fight, the only person who can answer that for you is your trainer. If your trainer is paying attention, they will be able to realistically assess how you would do in a match (be it a smoker or just sparring).

A lot of places that I know of will first put you through "the paces" to make sure that you have the basic skill set needed even start sparring. Learning proper stance, footwork, technique, and conditioning are things that take a while to ingrain into your skill set to the point that you don't have to think about it. A lot of places will put their new students on a "probation" period of 3 to 6 months before they even consider having the person do light sparring.

I will warn you, when you start sparring, you will feel like you are starting from scratch again. Even though you know for sure that you can perfectly punch or kick a bag/pad in daily training, everything changes when you have an actual live person in front of you that is trying to hit you back. However, this is where you will hone your sense of timing, range and learn how to defend properly.

If you are truly interested in fighting, let your trainer know. That way they can start taking an account of your skills and begin to honestly give you feedback on their assessments.

Good luck.
I agree with Onganju in the aspect of your trainer is the best assessor of where your skills are now and how much further you need to go. If you have had previous martial arts training similar to Muay Thai (learning to kick and balance, block, box, etc) you may be able to speed up the learning process by drawing on certain parallels.

I guess the advice that I can give you is to work on your cardio, techniques, and condition your shins (keep in mind I am no expert these are just opinions). I feel like the place where you train Muay Thai should not be your only workout if you plan to fight, you should be doing extra work outside a.k.a homework (running, going to the gym, etc). Now I recommend you ask various Muay Thai practitioners about shin conditioning; for there are some methods that condition your shins but have been considered to have adverse effects (e.g. rolling your shins). Doing bag/pad work and sparing will most likely take care of the shin conditioning; but don't get discouraged about banged up shins it takes time to condition them.

Best wishes on becoming a fighter...

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Old 11-02-2008, 05:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well all of the sparring Ive done my teacher has said nothing but good things about me so i am thinking of doing a competition very soon.
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Like everyone else said, ask your trainer and make completely sure that you're in shape.

About how many hours would you say that you've spent actually sparring, by the way?
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Old 11-05-2008, 04:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well all of the sparring Ive done my teacher has said nothing but good things about me so i am thinking of doing a competition very soon.
That would make me very wary of where my skills are actually at. The reason why we are stating to ask your trainer is that they should have a lot of constructive criticism for you. I do a lot better that most of the guys where I train (mostly due to the fact that I have been sparring a lot longer than them), but my instructor(s) always have things to say to me during and after each round of sparring.

When you ask your trainer, ask how he thinks you would do against a fairly skilled opponent for 3 rounds. If they are paying attention they should have a lot to offer you.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That would make me very wary of where my skills are actually at. The reason why we are stating to ask your trainer is that they should have a lot of constructive criticism for you. I do a lot better that most of the guys where I train (mostly due to the fact that I have been sparring a lot longer than them), but my instructor(s) always have things to say to me during and after each round of sparring.

When you ask your trainer, ask how he thinks you would do against a fairly skilled opponent for 3 rounds. If they are paying attention they should have a lot to offer you.
Well to post back after my first fight i won i broke the guys nose with a flying knee and it ended. Just saying. It was just a little event put on.
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I'd say give it a year before your first fight.

Do lots of sparring, at least 50 hours before your first fight. You gotta get comfortable, relaxed and some experience.

I was in kickboxing for like 4 years before my first fight.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well to post back after my first fight i won i broke the guys nose with a flying knee and it ended. Just saying. It was just a little event put on.
Good for you man! Any pics/video?
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Well to post back after my first fight i won i broke the guys nose with a flying knee and it ended. Just saying. It was just a little event put on.
That sounds crazy dude, congratulations! That is probably the coolest way to win a Muay Thai fight (in my opinion).
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