Beginner's Dumb Questions. Be a pal and help?
Hi, thanks for reading my thread, I appreciate your help. I'm sorry if this isn't really the place for a question like this; I appreciate that I haven't a chance of competing in the sport, so my post isn't at all about that.
I'm a shrimpy little guy (5'6") and have had too many close calls now with thugs, drunks, etc., a lot bigger than myself.
I've been trying to find a martial arts technique particularly useful for disabling an attacker (much larger and heavier than myself) ending the fight fast and getting away, since there doesn't seem to be any other method for me to reliably protect myself apart from a gun, which is an option that I don't want to have to rely upon completely to deal with every potential physical confrontation.
Muay Thai seems like the right fit for that, since it will teach me how to get in and strike very close, where men larger than me will have a hard time getting any energy into a hit. Am I correct in thinking that, or would you disagree with that conclusion? If you think I'm wrong, then what other martial arts method would you suggest me to pursue? The only problem I can foresee (but of course I'm pretty clueless about fights, I'll admit) is that, being close in, they could grapple with me and I wouldn't have a hope against it since they'd have so much more weight to leverage against me.
If I am on the right track though, then could you please tell me some exercises or other physical conditioning practices to strengthen my knees and elbows, so as to be more effective? My knees in particular need a lot of work; weak/bad knees run in my family. It would be very inconvient, to say the least, to slip a kneecap in the middle of a fight.
All right, thanks again for reading, best of luck to you.