Good day all, I've been interested in Judo, and considering Muay Thai training too. I am in the New England area (RI/MA) and I figure this will help get me in shape, provide me different a couple of days a week besides the 2-3 days of Judo, and will give me the striking component Judo lacks. With that being said, I figure I will pick your brain a little bit for you vets of the art. Can you help me out with the following questions? How long does it take to get some of the basic fundamentals down? Is sparing a part of most programs? Do injuries "plague" those in training as often as some of the other arts (obviously competition may yield some injuries)? Are there a lot of competition options for armatures; and how long before someone has the initial skill set to compete and not get the hell beat out them (pun intended)? Thanks for all your impute folks.