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#360722 - 09/13/07 02:43 PM Muay Thai and aging.
ChangLab Offline

Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 312
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hello all, I am 38 yrs old and just started Muay Thai training.

I freakin LOVE it.
I have trained in several arts in the past
Sho Ryn Ryu- green belt
Kung Fu-6 mos or so.
Tai Kwon Do- yellow belt
"Freestyle"- whatever that means...General fight training miscellanious sparring and stuff..

Now that I'm doing Muay Thai I am enjoying my training more than I ever have.
I love hitting the mitts/bags every session.
the cardio kicks my butt(I smoke 2-3 packs of ciggs a day)
BTW I will be quitting in October of this year.
My question is how do the "older" fighters out there hold up in terms of keeping up.
I'm sure experience has alot to do with it as far as sparring goes.
The school I go to also teaches TKD and BJJ.
At some point I want to learn some BJJ, I also would like to achieve a black belt someday.
(yeah, at this point I want it all)
I know it will take some time to achieve all of these goals
When I quit smoking I hope to pick up a second class TKD or BJJ , I haven't decided.

Any comments from the "creaky old timers " would be most appreciated.


#360723 - 09/13/07 05:30 PM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: ChangLab]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
I am one of the younger "creaky old-timers" (42) around here. No disrespect taken. As far as your goals are concerned, I say GO for it! Let nothing stop you from doing those things you want to do. Life has to have purpose. If these are the things that provide passion in your life, by all means pursue them and enjoy every second of it.

As you are probably aware at your age, time gets BY you before you know it. If there is anything that I've learned, it's to go full speed ahead and enjoy every minute of your life. You don't get a second chance (as far as we know anyway).

At later ages, you just have to stay in shape. Take extra care to do that and avoid injuries as much as you can as they will set you down and KEEP you down. Otherwise, go for broke pal.


#360724 - 09/13/07 05:35 PM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: ChangLab]
Neko456 Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 3260
Loc: Midwest City, Ok, USA
Training in Muay Thai is great fun but at your age and past experience you will never really compete against the elite unless you are really something special. But with your past record you seem to study and quit, being your highest rank is green belt. Of course MT doesn't have any rank its all about training to compete unless you train the sd version.

I'm not trying to spite you just saying really most Muay Thai boxers, in Thailand start at 8-9 yrs old and careers are over at 26-30 yr. old, its a young man game usuall 60-100s of fights.

But just for recreation and skill enhancment you can learn alot but without being shape and limb conditioning your chance for injuries are high. Bruises heal slowing at your age and older from full committed attacks on the striking and kicking bag/pads or sparring. If you train cautious and safe you can learn alot, but cautious and safe are bad words in Muay Thai.

#360725 - 09/14/07 01:48 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: Neko456]
Taison Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 3629
Loc: BKK, Thailand
Creaky old timer?!?!?


I may be grumpy on most days but I am no "creaky old timer"!

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

#360726 - 09/14/07 10:30 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: Taison]
Helen2005 Offline

Registered: 06/27/07
Posts: 77
Loc: Arkansas
I think that everyone's body works differently and therefore, it will be impossible for anyone here to tell you to not go for it. If you really want to pursue it, then by all means, do. Otherwise, you might regret it. I just started training myself and I'm 30. I remember a famous fighter that got started late as well and he's now considered almost a legend. Ever heard of Randy Couture. He's 44, I think, and he's still kicking butt. I think you can do whatever you set your mind to, so good luck!!!

#360727 - 09/14/07 11:31 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: ChangLab]
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.
I wish 'Wildbill' were still posting, he would have great perspective on this, but basically speaking, the conditioning intensive nature of MT, combined with you quitting smoking, should mean that in 6 months time, you will feel fitter and younger than you have in years.
The big thing about ageing is not so much that your performance will suffer noticeably, but that recovery time increases. it would be worth putting aside some of the money you save by quitting smoking for a sports/deep tissue massage every 2-3 weeks.
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#360728 - 09/15/07 03:27 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: Taison]
ChangLab Offline

Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 312
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
Thanks for the replys...
IMake a fair amount of money from playing the drums.
so, I worrie about my shins .... too much...
thanks again...

Taison.... The "creaky old timer" was drawn from the "creaky old timers mods" thread....Once again..

I'm feeling "creaky" these days....

I'm looking for advice fron well age'd MA'iist

#360729 - 09/15/07 11:40 PM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: ChangLab]
Taison Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 3629
Loc: BKK, Thailand

I'm no old timer!

I'm like one of the youngest mod, except Supremor, he's like a kid.

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

#360730 - 09/18/07 09:11 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: ChangLab]
schanne Offline
breaks things

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Woodbury NJ
I'm 50 and take the class twice a week, the striking, elbows and low kicks are a piece of the pie. It also breaks up the routine my traditional training.
The way of the warrior does not include other ways... Miyamoto Musashi Schanne

#360731 - 09/18/07 09:30 AM Re: Muay Thai and aging. [Re: schanne]
ChangLab Offline

Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 312
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
Week 2 and so far so good...

Were working some combos and blocks.
all with 16 oz gloves and shin pads...
hitting muay thai pads or each other...

my hips are a little sore but that's all so far..

except for stubbing my *** toe 3 times last night....
not kicking mind you.... just walking with the shin/foot pads on...

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