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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2007, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm lost...where do I begin?

i've been debating whether to start training and fighting as a hobby for a long while now...i recently just met up with an ex coworker that feels the same and is also thinking about it...i know an old classmate that use to fight amateur muay thai, but have since lost his number...

i've been searching online, but to no avail...so now my coworker and i are getting pretty into it, but dont know where to begin...can anyone steer me into the right direction to start fighting in any amateur leagues? MMA, kickboxing, or muay thai...where do you usually begin? my timeframe is probably 6-8 months of training...

i live in the bay area, CA if that helps any...any info or links is defintely appreciated...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2007, 08:55 PM
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Depends, your coach should be the one to do that. He'll tell you when you're ready. Mabye you should have a word with him about fighting, that should help.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2007, 03:48 PM
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Depends, your coach should be the one to do that. He'll tell you when you're ready. Mabye you should have a word with him about fighting, that should help.
I'm guessing the original poster doesn't have a coach yet, considering he's asking where to begin.

There are two ways you can go: 1.) you can find places that teach a striking art (there's many that are good [boxing, kickboxing, savate, muay thai, kyokushin karate etc.], pick one that suits you) and a place that teaches a grappling art (judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sambo, submission wrestling, etc.) and then go from there or you can 2.) find a gym that teaches MMA which will train you in both striking and grappling. What you learn there is what will do well in the ring.

Once you have trained for the 6 to 8 months (it would probably take longer than that to do well in a fight) then start talking with your teachers on where you can go to get into an amateur fight and they should be able to help you.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-09-2007, 01:49 AM
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if your looking for good muay thai in the bay i would go to fairtex in the city....the best your gonna get. Fight and Fitness is out there too. Theres also amsterdam gym in oakland, and aka in san jo......so you got alot of choices out here....and thats only muay thai....i dont remember if you were lookin for boxing, mma and bjj but theres plenty of places too, just let me know and ill throw out some names. Once you get into a gym they'll lead you in the right direction with amateur stuff....i dont know bout muay thai but im pretty sure its the same as amateur boxing, you get registered for like 55 bucks i think it is then you will be matched in fights. The amount of time you need for preparation is up to you, if you feel confident fighting in 3 months and your coach thinks your capable of defending yourself your good to go

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the tips guys...and zapatista is right, i dont have a gym yet, but am looking for one at the moment...


so far, ive only visited world team usa in milbrae, but they seem to be more on the karate side...so other than that, ive also been considering cheetah in the east bay, fairtex in mountain view, pacific ring sports in oakland, and fight and fitness in the city...have you had any experiences or heard first hand of any experiences with the these gyms? much appreciated...
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i met a few guys when i was boxing in sf that trained at fight and fitness. they got some great trainers there and they have a lot of smoker bouts so i hear.....so if your looking to do amateur fights that might be the best place for you. The fairtex in frisco was the one i was talking about....do u live in the south bay? is that y u were lookin at mountain view? I would highly recommend fairtex sf for top notch training....you wont get any better. Alex Gong trains fighters there and he's the best of the best. I dont know about fairtex holding fights at there gym but i would imagine they do. They also have yoga.

As far as the other gyms....I've heard a little bit bout pacific ring sports but nothing amazing that would push me towards them, especially if fairtex and FnF is right across the bridge. heres the links to FnF and Fairtex to help u out

Fight And Fitness located in San Francisco Bay Area California serving up the best in traditional muay thai instruction, boxing, and mixed martial arts.

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Find a gym sign up for a class and work out.
Getting in shape and learning how to fight never hurt anyone.

On a personal note I always wanted to be a fighter and I am pretty good one to. Then I had brain cancer when I was younger now i have a titamium plate in my head I got head butted and it got knocked loose had to go back and reinsert it and now because of that I will never fight another match but I still train because I love it.

DO what you love and youll be happy.

But get started before its too late like it is for me.

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