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Posted 12/18/15
I'm not a fan of MMA as a spectator sport, but if you can make yourself that disciplined, I'd support you.

I mean, you were a Marine. I don't need to tell you about commitment.
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Irishsushi wrote:

You should probably start with jiu jitsu or muy thai or something as a base, then go into mma. A strong foundation builds a better house if you will. I don't think it will completely wipe out your fear I mean who wants to lose a fight? But it should give you more confidence in yourself that you can take on whom ever you need to.


Ideally, I would train in at least one martial art, while sparring in MMA fashion.

Even so, I'm looking at a MINOR organized fight no sooner than 2 years from now.


Well I've thought of doing the same thing, I watch ufc and it gets me hyped. Most people are turned off by the fact you could get your ass kicked, but in my mind It doesn't bother me. You just train so that you dont lose. If you only train in one thing your eventually gonna get shit on by someone. That being said there is only so much you can do in 2 years. I'd strongly advise you learn some wrestling or judo/jiu-jitsu out of anything. That's my plan of attack.


ABSOLUTELY. However, I'm a strong grappler. I did a lot of that when I was younger, in the Marine Corps. Did some boxing, too, but I'm weaker with striking.

And, yeah, there is only so much you can do in two years. That's why I said minor fight in two years at the earliest.

Also, I said at least one martial art.


I was going to just learn Kajukembo, and call it a day, but the dojo I wanted to go to was closed down when I went to see about signing up. Then, I found out about this local girl who got into MMA, so I'm following that lead at the moment. Still probably have to drive an hour to get to a gym, though.
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Posted 12/18/15

HolyDrumstick wrote:

ABSOLUTELY. However, I'm a strong grappler. I did a lot of that when I was younger, in the Marine Corps. Did some boxing, too, but I'm weaker with striking.

And, yeah, there is only so much you can do in two years. That's why I said minor fight in two years at the earliest.

Also, I said at least one martial art.


I was going to just learn Kajukembo, and call it a day, but the dojo I wanted to go to was closed down when I went to see about signing up. Then, I found out about this local girl who got into MMA, so I'm following that lead at the moment. Still probably have to drive an hour to get to a gym, though.


Yeah there is only one solid gym where I live all the rest are in a neighboring city and I refuse to go there out of petty regional rivalries. If you were a marine you should be ok you have the drive the rest will come naturally.
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How are you physically? Are you muscular, lean, tall, short, average?

Looking strong can intimidate people into giving you a wide berth.

But be careful. I don't think fighting can be solved with more fighting. I realize the people you're talking about probably only understand the language of violence, but they're not worth getting in trouble with the police for.

Also, I can't help, but wonder that if you think violence is a solution to one problem then it can could you and make you think that's an acceptable solution to domestic problems as well. MMA fighters seem prone to it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mma-domestic-violence-real-sports_55ae7b18e4b07af29d56760f?section=australia


I must say though, I prefer this to you carrying a gun around with you.
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Posted 12/20/15
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Your best bet is to explore your local options. MMA isn't your only choice either. There are various styles of martial arts that capitalize on self defense with significant emphasis on sparring. Learn then practice. I see fights every so often and can handle myself, but I also avoid fights whenever possible. I am small and don't like putting myself in unnecessary danger. I've had a few close calls where I managed to diffuse the situation or people stepped in to help out. Being able to defend yourself is a valuable skill as well though. Don't forget to be prepared either. Never turn a fist fight into a fight to the death with weapons unless you absolutely have to. But if your opponent pulls a weapon or makes an attempt at your life, you need to be competent with your own weapon to come out of the skirmish alive. I carry a fixed blade as a primary defensive blade with a solid folder in another pocket. Both are easily drawn with my left hand. I am ambidextrous, but it does help to have preferences. I like to have knives on my left and my pistol on my right. Be careful of what and where you choose to carry defensive weapons. Poor placement can lead to death when worse comes to worse and you have to grapple with an opponent in a fight for your life.

Sorry to turn the subject a bit dark, but it never hurts to be aware and prepared. Remember to have some fun with whatever discipline or practice you decide to pursue. You'll learn faster and develop more awareness along with confidence. Defensive firearm training programs are another knowledge bank to access.
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