Thanks for that lesson, I needed it.
I've been in boxing since I was the age of 7 or 8. My mother had me learning the basics and the footwork. And boy, was she right. I learned that the footwork is the key to the stand up awhile ago, and thankfully I learned it young. As for the muay-thai I'll def put that on hold. Boxing I don't need that much anymore since I dropped that around the time I did BJJ. So I guess I'll stick with learning my ground game/takedowns. Once I've completed wrestling I'll go into Muay Thai and start learning it. Besides I can go pro and still be learning stuff. I know there's many fighters that don't have their black belt in the things there training in.
As for BJ Penn he had gotten his black belt in 3-4 years, I can't exactly remember. But because I figured 21-23 for mine that gives me 6 years (22) and 7 years (23) to achieve it. With the training and dedication I have I think, THINK I can do it. My Dad isn't the king of wrestling but went 106-12 in his wrestling days back in HS. He told me once he had to take on two people in one night because his partner wasn't there to fight (same weight class of course).
When I spar with friends I do my stand up with my friend I teach everything. It's not always just friends I spar with either. I still go to the boxing gym I used to and spar with the people there. Now when I train my wrestling, I go against my friend Thor. Now by the sound of his name you can tell he must be big. Thor here is 5'10, he just turned 15 and he weighs and fits this weight perfect. He's like a mini-Lesnar in a 15 year olds body. He walks at 265, yeah. I'm only 5'9 and weigh around 184, and about 18% body fat. I'm tryin to make that into muscle and those into abs. Now getting back on track, you can imagine how beneficial that is to my takedown defense and ground skills. I can barley get him on his back unless I clinch and trip. So with Thor and my Dad I'm getting some decent amount of wrestling training. My dad wrestled 7th grade- 12th. Thor wrestled 4th-9th and still is. He wrestled varsity this year and made it to states, freshman year.
Now if I keep this up and I have a friend that just got into college with a wrestling degree he is going to see if I can get some help with it this summer. Hopefully, this goes well and I do good in this.