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  1. Vertyop White Belt

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    Hi everyone,

    New member, long time follower.
    Just a bit of background: I've been doing kickboxing since October, 3 years of wing chun, and I used to train with some mma guys down the gym when I was 16( nothing serious).

    I am 6'3 and 139 pounds. My main concern is that there will be such a huge difference in height/stockiness between me and the majority of people in my weight class. Would it be worth putting on 10 pounds to move up to Welterweight(IKF).

    So, is it going to be worth bulking up to welterweight or potentially even further. Currently focussing on kickboxing, but planning on eventually moving over to MMA.

    Looking forward to hearing some advice!
     
  2. j123 Pro Sherdogger 500-0-1

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    I guess it depends on how you feel with the weight. Is 139 a weight you are at your athletic peak?

    I competed in a muay thai tourney back in Nov in the 140lb weight class and the tallest guy there was about 6'1, average was probably 5'6-5'9

    But at 6'3 that reach is going to be nice in the lighter classes
     
  3. Tug Green Belt

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    check out dieselnoi. he was muay thai but might inspire you to stay a beanpole.
     
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    Fantastic reach advantage there. Unless you feel underpowered, I'd say why bother bulking up.
     
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    If you are tall and lanky, use your knees alot.
     
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    Someone post Dieselnoi
     
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  8. Vertyop White Belt

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    Thanks for the prompt responses!
    I haven't had the chance to test my athleticism at a higher weight.

    All my training partners are light heavyweight or heavy weight, and they seem
    To think I hit hard enough.

    That's pretty much how skinny I am ^
     
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    If you're going to do mma start working your TDD and wrestling now. Majority if guys in your weight class are going to have serious wrestling cred
     
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    You do know who that guy in the photo is, right? He's one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time, had to retire because he ran out of people to beat up.
     
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    How old are you? Thats some serious height for 139 lbs. Im 5'6 155 in about as good of shape as ive ever been. I hate sparring with tall bastards like you. At my height you learn you have to have a hard head and have to take a few to get inside. I assume if you're young you will eventually fill out a bit if you're training seriously. But hell if you're in shape and strong at 139, you have a massive advantage especially in kickboxing where id assume your arms are longer than my legs.
     

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