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Old 05-28-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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Some questions about muay thai

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?

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Old 05-28-2009, 05:18 AM   #2
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Leg breaks are extremely rare. Heck i think that judokas break their arms more often fromd efending the ippon than muay thai leg breaks.

Striking takes alot more natural talent and ability than "grappling" (in the bjj sense). And What's decent anyway?

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Old 05-28-2009, 05:19 AM   #3
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Broken legs aren't common. Usually only seen in some of the more experienced and harder hitting fighters, that don't use shinguards also, very rare.

As for becoming good at striking, I've been doing muay thai for around 2 years, started training more seriously about 8 months ago and I've had two fights and two wins, not that really says anything about my striking.

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:00 AM   #4
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What's decent anyway?
Be pretty good in amateur MT fights/comps. and have no problem outstriking average person in street self-def

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:16 AM   #5
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As long as you train properly you could probably (And assuming you and the person you're fighting of are average to above average strength) "out strike" most people within the first 3 months of training.
You'd be amazed at how few people know how to actually throw a punch (The proper stance, twisting of the hips, straight back/curved back, etc.)

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As long as you train properly you could probably (And assuming you and the person you're fighting of are average to above average strength) "out strike" most people within the first 3 months of training.
You'd be amazed at how few people know how to actually throw a punch (The proper stance, twisting of the hips, straight back/curved back, etc.)
I also want to compete in muay thai too though. Become a good amateur-lvl kickboxer. So I'm wondering if I can get to this level by my mid-twenties since that is like the athletic prime for most males. I'm twenty yrs old now.

I'm also looking to combine judo and muay thai so that I'll be well-rouded enough where I'll be able to take care of myself during exchanes or grappling.

I wanna be "good" while I'm still young, you know?

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I thought 30's was prime condition for males?

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if you are a pro athelete.

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It is possible to be decent by your mid twenties but I would say that you have a lot of work ahead of you. You also need to make sure that you learn from good instructors/have a good school. If you don't get good instruction you might as well kiss your dreams good bye. If you train right, you can train MT for many many years! Good luck.

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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!

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