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Old 10-28-2009, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Muay Thai tough to pick up?

First off I'd like to say 'Hi'! This is my first post and look forward to writing on this forum.

Ok so I am technically a beginner when it comes to self defence. I'm 21, and I've been doing Krav Maga for around 7-8 months and apparently based on the way I spar, Muay Thai is the best way to expand my techniques.

A friend of mine who has experience in martial arts (Wing Chun and Praying Mantis), tells me that being 21, I would find it difficult to adapt to a martial art, and I should have started when I was 5. Well that's no help to me now.

Obviously if you begin martial arts at a young age you become more fluent as you grow up, but I never planned to achieve the 'skill' of choreographed films. My question is this.. As an older student is the sport really so difficult that I'd struggle to pick it up?

No matter what I'm going to start MT classes. In KM training I've begun kicking the hell out of bags and stretching till it hurts so I'm at least half ready for when I start.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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honestly I think age is a mind set..
i am 32.. I started BJJ when I was... 31.. I am the oldest in my class.. I got 10 years on my instructor.. and to be honest.. I am not having a problem at all.. now granted.. I did start int eh Martial arts when I was about 5 or 6 in Judo.. I have trained on and off of the years in various art forms so that might be part of why I am doing pretty good.. at 21.. unless you sat on the couch for years and did nothing you should be ok.. Hmm wait.. I train with a guy who is 31.. not quite a year younger then me.. and he is a 2nd stripe white belt.. been training about as long as I have (he actually attends more classes then I do ) and we had to teach him how to do a front roll.. he did not know how to do a sommersault or anything he led the life of a computer programmer. His first tourney he took gold in the mens seniors.. HE diviiosn and silver in teh mens aduly diviison.. So yea its possible.. just train hard take care of your body.. and LISTEN TO YOUR INSCTRUCTORS
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First off I'd like to say 'Hi'! This is my first post and look forward to writing on this forum.

Ok so I am technically a beginner when it comes to self defence. I'm 21, and I've been doing Krav Maga for around 7-8 months and apparently based on the way I spar, Muay Thai is the best way to expand my techniques.

A friend of mine who has experience in martial arts (Wing Chun and Praying Mantis), tells me that being 21, I would find it difficult to adapt to a martial art, and I should have started when I was 5. Well that's no help to me now.

Obviously if you begin martial arts at a young age you become more fluent as you grow up, but I never planned to achieve the 'skill' of choreographed films. My question is this.. As an older student is the sport really so difficult that I'd struggle to pick it up?

No matter what I'm going to start MT classes. In KM training I've begun kicking the hell out of bags and stretching till it hurts so I'm at least half ready for when I start.
Welcome to the forum. IDK if you should stretch till it hurts, just till you feel a good stretch.

Many, many people start practicing a martial art at later ages and do very well.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Age is relative bruddah. I dont think it is that large of a factor when it comes to learning a certain form of martial arts, its all about your physical abilities. TKD, boxing, and muay thay have all come pretty naturally to me but trying to learn bjj is like pulling teeth. Ive seen the opposite in others as well. It just depends upon your athletic abilities and tendencies. Dont worry about your age, you will find out very quickly if it isnt for you when you start sparring with people that are better then you.
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Cheers guys. I really am looking forward to starting these classes. I lost 4 stone a year or so back, and since then I've had the mindset of just getting fit, expanding my skills. I used to skateboard quite a lot so I've always had at least a reasonable level of fitness.

I'll train, then train more, and hope for the best!
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hi im new here too but id just like to say im 38 and started thai boxing 5 weeks ago and im finding it fairly easy to pick up the kicks punches etc do take a lot more effort and consentration than someone younger but with effort and determination it can be done,now i am getting personnal one on one lessons with a trainer who is from thailand and has had 250 fights and 30 years of training and teaching so i dont know if that helps but i dont really think so.the way i look at it is the body and mind are a wonderful thing and they will adapt to anything so i say go for it whats the worst that can happen you get fitter lol,well if prob been no help but i try lol anyway good look in what ever u decide.
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I'm didn't start Muay Thai till the age of 23 and i'm 24 so i've been doing it for under a year. I had the same concerns as you. I figured I would be crap and never really develop to the point where I can actually beat somebody with it. How wrong was I. The thing is, had it been another marital art such as Karate, Judo or Kung Fu or something, then I think age would have been a factor as those styles involve a serious amount of technique and you can be less than fluid and perfect to be able to use them effectively.

Muay Thai is competelely different ball game. There is very little technical moves in Muay Thai. There are probably no more than 17 different techniques, which helps with muscle memory and it's incredibly easy to pick up after 4 months, and the scary thing is it's the most effective fighting style for any situation whether it be combat sports of self protection. People arent' exaggerating when they say it's the most brutal sport in the world because it teaches you to transform you entire body into a weapon, and the method of punching and kicking is far more effective than traditional kickboxing or other martial arts.

My teacher tells me that he's a bit worried because there are guys with literally no fighting experience whatsoever in countries he has visited to learn Muay Thai and in about 3 months they leave the gym only to go on and be very efficient street fighters. It's brutal stuff and more and more people are becoming more aware of how effective it is, which is a bit worrying to me aswell.

But seriously, don't hesitate to take it up. You'll grow more confident and pretty much become more and more fearless whenever you get into a brawl in a club or something. Forrest Griffin says in his book that people have a fight or flight mode in their brain, with the latter being what most people pertain to, but with muay thai, i dunno, you'll more than likely to have the former installed into your brain and it's very much a blood sport. It's violent in it's mentality.

Most pure muay thai practitioners aren't looking for the KO quickly or trying to jab their way to a decision, they are about breaking you down mentallity, they are about showing you who's superior and making you quit on yourself before they do. That's what makes it the most effective fighting style. Stick with it and then wish you had done it earlier.
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