Originally Posted by HMCfan
What's up guys. I'm a judoka looking to do some muay thai on the side. So I got some questions.
I saw some video clips where some muay thai fighters got their leg snapped in half like a twig. I can't help but admit that that is some scary ass shit. Are broken legs or other horrifying injuries common in muay thai? Or rare, freak occurences?
I heard striking is a bit easier to get good at compared to grappling. I'll give an arbitrary numbers.. say like two years. If I did muay thai for two years as a hobby could I become a "proficient" striker and a decent competitor? I'm 20 right now. I'm a bit anxious to get good quickly since I feel like 20 yrs old is kinda late age to start. Is it?
Judo is a hobby that you can do into old age. Is muay thai too rough to have as a life-long hobby?
Broken legs and broken bones in general are going to be more common in Judo than Muay Thai, as far as training is concerned.
As for how long it will take to become "proficient", it is contingent upon the athlete and the training, not so much the time. 2yrs could be enough time for some guys to fight professionally (if they are gifted). In the same respect I have seen guys who have trained for 2yrs and still lack the basic fundamentals. Same applies to age, it really has more to do with your physical condition and ability than your age. Being younger will buy you more time, that's it! P.S: 20yrs old is very young! you got plenty of time. How long you can continue training depends on how in shape and injury free you stay!
Also, your judo will translate really well into MT. I train MT with a couple of Judoka's, they are by far the most difficult guys to work in the clinch with. Thank god it's MT and they cant uchi mata toss my ass on the mat!