Originally Posted By: toughen_me_up
I have never been in a real fight my whole life.

Good job, that's quite an achievement. One you should try to continue.

So what I would like to know is where to begin. Im just too damn soft, I think I need someone to toughen me up and knock me around a little bit ha-ha. I live in the Toronto area and think I would like to try boxing. Is boxing a good place to start?

Boxing is a great place to start, especially if you're strapped for cash. You'll learn a really good foundation in a good boxing gym. However, avoid places where people have a bad attitude. Make sure everything's above board and that the people at the gym are welcoming (doesn't mean they aren't tough, but you don't just want to be a punching bag. Remember, you're there to learn and get better). Make sure they don't go full bore all the time, sparring should be light, save the heavy hits for competitions and self defence.

Originally Posted By: toughen_me_up
I mean I donít even know how to throw a proper punch. I donít see myself in one of those white outfits barefooted. I always have to wear shoes and cannot be barefooted because of some back problems.

If you're interested in other MA, you can ask to wear shoes while training. If you have medical reasons, you'll probably be allowed to wear them. That said, boxing is as good a place as any to start.

Originally Posted By: toughen_me_up
I just want to learn how to stand up for myself better, not only against my silly brother but in general if some one tried to rob me or what not on the streets.

I think this is a totally different skill entirely, learning how to stand up for yourself is more about being assertive than learning about martial arts. Granted, MA helps with self confidence but I think there's more to your issues than that. As to self defence, boxing is a good foundation but there's much more to learn than how to throw a good punch. Check out the self defense forum for more info.

Originally Posted By: toughen_me_up
In my eyes I think I need some mean old [censored] to beat my ass in his basement and show me how to defend myself ha-ha. I donít know please give me some insight. I do not have a lot of cash to throw around as well right now.

Good luck! smile

Edited by Leo_E_49 (03/06/12 02:21 AM)
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