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Old 12-17-2009, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New member. So lately, I've been looking into training in muay thai. I checked out Fairtex in San Francisco and I was very impressed. I've never really trained in anything. I mean, I took TKD when I was 7, but I doubt that counts as anything. hahaha. I've been following UFC for about four years now. That's what led me to wanting to learn how to fight.

I'm 18 years old now. 5'7 1/2" 145 lbs. I'm in pretty good shape. I bike almost everyday. So I'm asking, if I want to compete, is it too late for me to start training?

And what should I train in besides muay thai?

Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm 18 years old now. 5'7 1/2" 145 lbs. I'm in pretty good shape. I bike almost everyday. So I'm asking, if I want to compete, is it too late for me to start training?

And what should I train in besides muay thai?

Thanks!
18 is definitely not too young!! Surprisingly, Wiki-how has some good information.

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Cage-Fighter
http://www.wikihow.com/Begin-Mixed-Martial-Arts


Basically find a gym specializing in MMA that you're comfortable with. Talk to the coaches and students. Be willing to learn and have fun going thru the process.

Good luck.

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Old 12-18-2009, 01:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks. The gym I've been going to offers classes in Muay Thai, BJJ, and Boxing. Should I go a month of doing solid muay thai before trying out other classes? Or should I just jump right in there doing both?

I'll be starting officially this 2010 after the holidays.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Everybodys different and has differnt learning styles. Some like to focus on one are whereas others want to be exposed to everything. If your goal is to compete in MMA you will need to learn everything at some point. Since it sounds like you're in shape, my suggestion would be to get exposed to everything and go from there. Maybe you'll find that you like grappling more than stand up. You won't know until you get exposed to it.

Pick the coaches brains. Tell them what you want to get out of training. I'm totally envious of you and wish this stuff was around when I was your age!! Enjoy your time while you're starting out. Its a total blast.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It varies by person to person what works best. But without a basis in martial arts (no eleven year old TKD doesn't count) I would suggest an MMA gym if you can find one you like. It'll give you a solid base and show you your strengths and weaknesses.

From there if Muay Thai is the way you want, great. But you'll know your own skillset enough to know if another art will work better.

With ground work. BJJ is always a good plan, American wrestling is also a good one. Judo, J3, Sambo as well as anything I may have missed would also be a good addition to any fighter's takedown skills and takedown defense.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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awesome! thanks for the advice. i looked around for MMA gyms and the one i got to would be the closest one.

thankfully, the membership includes access to EVERYTHING. so i can try out bjj, boxing, and even wrestling, along with muay thai.

i'll start buying gear once christmas money comes around...
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