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I am looking to take up some form of mixed martial arts to get back in shape and learn some valuable skills. I am 36 and out of shape and want to regain the prowess of my youth.
I am interested more in an upright fighting style rather than grappling etc for the time being and I was thinking of something like Kickboxing.
Am I on track here or delusional?
I live in Augusta Ga and am looking for a good school....Greubels is one that someone recommended but anyone know of a good instructor or school in this area?
Any other advice for a new guy.
Kickboxing is great to get back in shape and work on some stand-up skills. Also works your timing on getting in and out of the mix.
Good choice of martial arts. If you are really set on only doing stand-up skills at this point, I'd also recommend that you spend at least a few weeks with some private lessons from a boxer. It'll do you a world of good, and your instructor will tweak any issues you have so that your form is good. Add that to your kickboxing and you should be a force to be reckoned with.
If it were me, I'd eventually add a little groundwork in. Just because if you go to the ground, you need to know how to get back up and get back to your strongest skillset. Doesn't take long to learn the basics.
Just my opinion.
I'd add ground skills after getting into good shape and learning the basics of stand up style fighting.
Kickboxing is a good start. Keep your hands up and shoulders up.
You also might want to do boxing with some groundwork like greco roman wrestling or BJJ. Kickboxing is very taxing to the body and is high impact if you get into it seriously. If you are out of shape then this might lead to frustrations and injuries. BJJ is low impact and you can tap anytime you feel like it. Also, if you are looking for something you can use for self defense, the learning curve for kickboxing is pretty long. An errant or halfhearted kick in a real fight will either get you hurt or sprawled on the ground. Boxing will give you fight awareness and remove some of your engagement jitters. BJJ will help you prevail when the inevitable happens.
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