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pl_case 08-20-2010 04:54 PM

Which one for me?
Hi, I've been interested in MMA for awhile now. I'm 16 years old, wiegh about 97-101 pounds, about 5'5"-5'5'1/2" in height and was looking into muay thai. But then I started wonder about my ground game and all that good stuff. And i started wondering if Muay thai was really for me. Well I was wondering what kind of martial art would be best for me. And I would like a martial art that lets me just K.O someone like nothin'. All comments and martial art types are appreciated. Thank you.

amazinz5 08-20-2010 05:04 PM

i'm no expert but if you're looking to KO someone in a street fight muay thai is definitely your best bet. if you're looking to get into the octogon you should probably look into muay thai AND bjj (at least some form of standup in addition to ground game). i plan on getting into muay thai soon and once i get out of the beginner phase i'm probably gonna take up bjj.

xeberus 08-20-2010 05:14 PM

ill go against the grain and recommend boxing.

but only on the grounds that you're a small dude. and no offense but i see you have trouble with a lot of areas of attack that we frequent in kickboxing or even muay thai. and you're 16 so id also recommend to do wrestling if thats available at your high school. not just for the great balance, ability to do and defend against take downs but wrestling is a great way to build complete body strength.

pl_case 08-20-2010 05:53 PM

Well, the thing about boxing and wrestling is that I find them to traditional. I was thinking about Wing Chun because I heard that you don't have to be a certain size or build with learning it. And I can do BJJ along with it.

xeberus 08-20-2010 06:51 PM


Originally Posted by pl_case (Post 1248971)
Well, the thing about boxing and wrestling is that I find them to traditional. I was thinking about Wing Chun because I heard that you don't have to be a certain size or build with learning it. And I can do BJJ along with it.

no wing chun >_< most martial arts are a joke.

you said you wanted to KO people, because of your size and height id say boxing is the best way to go about that. and i recommended wrestling because shorter guys are harder to take down and your physical condition will contribute greatly to your ability to fight regardless of whatever style you choose, but sure bjj is a good one also.

id recommend avoiding karate, tkd and wing chun.

North 08-20-2010 07:14 PM

I wouldn't exactly agree with Xeb's last post entirely, but there's some truth to it I can't deny.

The fact is is that Wing Chun is not the "KO art" you're asking for. Basically, boxing is going to be the art that will teach you how to deliver the most raw concussive force with your hands. Developing power in Chinese martial arts requires years and years of practice, or to butcher the art by brute forcing through the techniques.

If you want to take Wing Chun, then by all means study it. It's still a solid art with a lot of good technique to it, and can teach you a lot. But it just isn't the most sport applicable thing around, and like I said, it's not the "BOOM, KO" style you were asking for.

So, yeah. I would say boxing. I'd also say Muay Thai or kickboxing - not sure what part of those sports Xeb thinks you'd have a problem with, I can't imagine. (Explain, Xeb?)

PS. I can understand kind of not wanting to do what everyone else is doing (which is at least what I thought you meant by 'traditional'), but if you're looking to learn how to fight quickly and acquire that KO power, you do what you have to do.


amazinz5 08-20-2010 07:53 PM

boxing probably gives you the most powerful punch but muay thai teaches you to use more than just your fists which can keep an opponent off balance. imagine trying to defend someone coming at you only with can parry/duck/weave much more easily than if someones throwing different types of strikes.

on the training side, the best way i know of to build upper body power is explosive push ups.

pl_case 08-20-2010 10:35 PM

Well, I was thinking Muay Thai would have a good bit of K.O power because I was watching videos of it and it's really brutal. And I think that I would have the K.O power but instead of it being with my fists it would be with my elbows, knees, and kicks correct? And another question I have is, I have heard a lot of people say that because Muay Thai has a wide stance it makes you slower than usual and easier to hit. Is this right?

amazinz5 08-20-2010 10:40 PM

there may be some truth to the being slower part but i think it mostly depends on the fighter. take a look at jose aldo. dudes one of the fastest (if not the fastest) fighters on the planet. also anderson silva. probably 2 of the toughest guys to beat standing up.

Rusty 08-20-2010 10:42 PM

With the size you've been blessed with you should consider a concealed carry license. It's about 300 bones around here but it would prove invaluable if you got into a scuffle:thumbsup:

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