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JBAller 09-22-2010 08:41 PM

Input On My Style
Could anyone help me with input on my style. I want people who actually do martial arts not internet talkers. My standup is Boxing(For Punching+Tae Kwon Do (For Kicking)+ A little Muay Thai (Clinching, Knees, and Elbows. My ground game is Wrestling+ Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. I was thinking about adding Sambo to it if I can find a good place that teaches it.

North 09-22-2010 09:58 PM

Foremost, if that TKD school is Olympic style, I would split. They'll be training for competition, but points-based competition. You'll find no good sparring partners there. If they're a very legit TKD school, see below.

I would either do TKD or Muay Thai, not both. Two different styles that have the same or at least similar goals. If it's a good TKD place, they'll still show ya elbows and probably knees. And obviously, they both use fists and feet/shins. However, they are two very different styles. In arts like TKD or kung fu we use our feet/shins as if they're a knife, wanting speed and perfect accuracy, and hitting the most vulnerable targets at the best opportunities. Muay Thai or karate use kicks like a baseball bat, swing that thing hard as hell, and no matter what it hits, it's goin' to hurt it. If you're just training for MMA, I'd just go for Muay Thai, as much as I hate to be cliche. It'll help you jump into the sport far quicker than TKD will. You have to understand that even a legit TKD place is going to be having you do forms, very possibly be conditioning you for self defense, and they'll be teaching you things that just aren't as applicable for sport.

I'd drop the boxing. Save that for later. Focus on Muay Thai (or TKD). With all the stuff you're doing, no point in paying gyms fees at one more place just to get in maybe one training session there a week. More importantly, Muay Thai will generally offer you all of the same punches, but just won't have the same focus. You're just better off hitting the Muay Thai school up for another session, or working your stuff at home, or even just taking a day to rest.

Basically I feel the same about the Sambo idea as I do about boxing. You're already looking at two ground arts, and probably three+ arts in general. Do you really want to pay another gym fee for one or two sessions a week at the Sambo place? I'm not saying there's actually anything wrong with taking Sambo, but you should drop either the wrestling or BJJ if you're going to put the Sambo in there.

Just seems like you're spreading yourself too thin being at so many places.


pinoyrocket 09-22-2010 10:09 PM

^ nice answer man!

JBAller 09-23-2010 07:53 PM

Thanks for the answer North!!! I have to say I did not make my post clear. These are only my plans I am currently only doing wrestling. For the October, November, December when wrestling season is. Then I will move to Boxing in January. I plan to cross train in wrestling/boxing for 2 1/2 years. Then I will do Tae Kwon Do/BJJ.

As for the Muay Thai i might drop that even though I'm training for MMA. Because the Tae Kwon Do school I recently had experience with was ITF and did elbows and knees. Also, fought with hnads up!!! Besides, there is no Muay thai school in my area I had an idea to go to some seminars and train at home.

BearInTheClinch 09-25-2010 06:34 PM

what help are you looking for exactly

JBAller 09-25-2010 08:53 PM

Is there anything I should change, and your personal thoughts.

North 09-27-2010 11:58 AM

Ah. I got ya. Yeah, that sounds fine.

The only thing I'd change is I'd do TKD/wrestling, then do boxing/BJJ later. It's just a recommendation I always make to people when they want to do boxing before another striking art. I love boxing and got respect for boxers, but it's a different game. Boxing is going to have you not watching for kicks, knees, elbows, takedowns. That shit turns into muscle memory and instinct, so if you spend two years never worrying about getting kicked, your next couple years are going to be at a disadvantage trying to unlearn that, and learn how to watch for attacks from all limbs and angles. Going from boxing to TKD or MMA will let you walk in with nasty hands off the rip, but you'll be unprepared in other aspects of standup. So I just suggest do TKD now, and then pursue the boxing later to refine your hands and such. It's not exactly a critical thing, just it'd be easier is all.


ahartleyvu 09-27-2010 12:26 PM

Are you looking to win fights or look cool with flashy kicks? Drop TKD.

Halfraq9 09-29-2010 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by ahartleyvu (Post 1273851)
Are you looking to win fights or look cool with flashy kicks? Drop TKD.

Gotta agree here. We have few guys (including the gym owner) with 2nd to 4th degree black belts that use maybe 1-2% of their TKD training. I've been training for just over 2 yrs and can hold my own standing with a 3rd dan in full sparring. He's 20 something. I'm 44. Needless to say I'm not that impressed so far with TKD. Sorry if I step on any toes, this has just been my experience.

JBAller 10-03-2010 09:30 AM

I knew I would get somebody saying drop tkd, but still I do not have a muay thai place near my house so what is an alternative?

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