It’s in man’s nature to fight. For millions of years, your ancestors fought off humans and animals in order to survive. They fought and bled so you can exist today. Sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true.
Learning how to fight could save your life one day. As a bonus, you conditioned your body to become a lean fighting machine. 🙂
Which martial arts is right for you?
If you’re into striking, learn Muay Thai.
Why Muay Thai? Because it’s more well rounded than boxing. In Muay Thai, you’re using your fists, elbows, shins and knees. You’ll also learn how to clinch (stand up grappling)
A professional Muay Thai fighter would destroy a pro boxer.
Muay Thai is tough; you will do a lot of conditioning like running, rope jumping and burpees. Your shins will hurt from endlessly kicking the heavy bag. But Muay Thai isn’t brutal in the sense that you will get brain damage – because you don’t get repeatedly hit in the head, unlike boxing.
Honorable mention: boxing and Kyokushin Karate.
If you’re not into clubbing people with your fists and shins, try a more gentle approach – Judo.
Judo is about throws, chokes and joint locks. Nothing is more bad ass than seoi nage (shoulder throw)
What’s good about judo is that, you can practice it well into your 60s.
Someone is threatening your life on the streets? You close the gap, grab and slam him into the ground with a seoi nage.
Training in judo is very safe. The instructors will teach you how to fall on your side and back correctly. Joint locks and chokes don’t damage your body because it’s done in a safe and controlled manner.
The most important thing to remember when picking a school
Stay away from martial arts school that is there to make money (it’s called a Mcdojo because it’s cheap like Mcdonalds)
Signs of a Mcdojo:
- kids are wearing black belts
- there is no sparring
- endless emphasis on techniques
Martial arts is about fighting; therefore, you must spar to put your skill to the test. Muay Thai has FULL CONTACT sparring, so does Judo. Avoid schools that don’t do full contact sparring (ie, a lot of kid friendly karate schools)
Ask about the instructor’s background. Ask for a free trial class. If the instructor walks around and gives individual pointers then it’s a good school.
In conclusion …
People get fat and complacent. Instead of exercising, they watch sports on TV and live vicariously through their sports team. It’s embarrassing to see middle aged men with noodle arms and a pregnant gut nibbling on fried chicken while watching sports on Sunday evening.
I used to think lift weighting is great (and it is) but learning martial arts is infinitely tougher than lifting heavy things and putting it down. A guy packed with muscles looks tough on the street but he will absolutely get fucked by a trained fighter. Ever seen a muscle head cry?
Think of martial arts as a life-long habit. Start today – years down the road, you will be glad you did.
That’s all for this week.
See your next Thursday.