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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-15-2006, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by The Mack Truck
Does anyone know how to get started fighting so I can begin and further my career?
Mack -
I'll take a little different angle. How about thinking about why you should not start fighting? I realize I don't know you, and you may be PERFECT for the pro fight scene, but let me throw out a few things for you to consider...

Do you have a cement head? Can you take repeated strikes to the face and head without being rattled?

Are you quicker and stronger than most people you know?

Are you comfortable with pain and blood?

Are you able to fight in a weight class that maximizes your skills?

Are you injury prone?

Some things to consider.

Good luck man!!!

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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2006, 04:56 PM
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Along with everyone's input, I'd recommend the following:

First and foremost it’s about hard work and discipline. You also need a mindset. Everyone ahd good ideas and Thakkus made excellent points that are outside the box, but really important. It can take a while to get used to being hurt, and some people never get used to it.

From experience I would tell anyone to skip any traditional martial art and get into Kickboxing. Find a school that advocates shin kicks and western boxing techniques. Shin kicks have a lot more power than standard kicks and boxing is the most economical and powerful use of your hands.

A Muay Thai School would be good as well. Muay Thai seems well balanced, but a lot of schools don’t teach hand strikes that are as good as boxing. Hard hands are easier to master and more effective long term. There probably are Muay Thai schools now that combine their general style with western boxing. Kicks look good, but 90% of the time the hands knock someone out.

So in a nutshell for your striking game: I’d recommend shins and hands at a school that makes effective use of both. Also, learn to live with solid black and blue shins and constant pain for 6+ months and then enjoy it when they just don’t get hurt anymore. Make you friends feel sick when you are wearing shorts and kicking trees and fence posts with your shins for the hell of it. (Ummm...or like me you just want to show off...)

Without either of those I would take boxing.

If you can afford to go to 2 schools at once add a grappling style. I personally would learn as much as I could about Jiu Jitsu first. Of course, this is subject to availability. Wrestling of course is good as well. Being in an environment where you can combine all 3 is going to be hard, although there should be more and more schools coming over the next several years.

About Girls: They adjust to your schedule or they have to hit the road.
Her: “Honey, We’re going to this party/date/event…”
You: “Yeah, AFTER my training session…”
“But it’s my Daddy’s B-day Party, and important to me…”
“Yeah, well not as important as training. I’ll be there afterwards.”
Be a man and the master of your destiny. If a chick wants to come along for that ride she needs to support you. Chances are she’ll respect you a lot more for being a man anyway, even if chicks never admit it.

Trust me; Birthdays are every year, special events happen all the time. But you usually get one shot at the big time that is so easy to blow. You can blow it by skipping training once. You just lost mindset, and you may have missed a key experience. You lost conditioning. You forfeited discipline in favor of something else. Trust me, if you regularly put training before everything else, eventually people will understand. Or leave, in which case they needed to go anyway. But usually they will understand. Oh, and never think you know it all and can do without training.

Cold or Flu? Train that day anyway.

There is a lot more to this, but this is already a long post.
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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 01:10 AM
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The hardest part ive ran into fighting in MMA or atleast training is juggling both Training and Schooling. I personally have alot invested into college and thats just at the age of 20. I've wrestled for the last 6 years and boxing for the last 4 years. Its hard to keep up with cardio and school alone, then try and throw in the new stuff i've tried to get into like Jiu Jitsu and Mui Thai.

Anyways good luck if you decide you want to, i dont think ill ever make a carrer out of it just because of the basic fact that i dont have the time to train like most people do. I've only had 3 MMA Ametur fights and right now im 2-1, lost 1 by TKO to some idiot who was a TKD black belt doing amatur MMA and then i came back and won my 2nd fight by rear choke, and the last fight i refought the TKD guy and caught him in an arm bar and ended up breaking his arm.

Anyways i have the most fun training with the guys who do this for there lives and i love to watch them progress and help them become better fighters and hopefully push there defence.

Good Luck man and if your ever in Seattle area shoot me a PM and i'll bring ya by the gym sometime.

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