Lately I've been thinking about joining a boxing gym or a martial arts gym to add some variety to my current strength routine.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'm looking for advice on what is practical and can actually be used if needed in a streetfight.  Should I join a boxing gym, kickboxing gym, judo, or some other form of martial arts?  I'd like to spar at least once a week so there's that. 

What have you all studied and what did you like about it?  

Thanks for any suggestions.  

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Yeah but the bald guy in that picture doesn't look like he's maintained himself the same way you have, Andrew. ;)

The old man held his own, sustained a battle wound, and the women look suitably impressed.

I have noticed as I get older training becomes more of a mental chess game driven by will power. I am not as old as some of the members here but at 28 I pay dearly keeping the 18 year old's in line. I have settled into a hybrid form of mixed martial arts with a few guys on base that all come from different backgrounds. we get together and teach each other new things and spar a couple times a month. I have trained in muay thai and submission wrestling, another guy has done a fair amount of judo, a couple others who box, and another guy who is a taekwondo and a bjj instructor.

We all have our own gear from past training and competing and have all stopped a couple years ago because we have families now. It is really good to get together with a experienced bunch and push each other to learn new things and combine different disciplines.

What you're doing is exactly how a lot of present day arts and systems were created. For example, that's how Kajukenbo / Hawaiian Kempo was created.

I joined a boxing gym, and it was one of the best workouts I ever got, I never got into any fights but maybe people just knew not to fuck with me. Boxing is practical as far as having your guard up, fighting stance, and delivering hard and fast blows to knockout you opponent. Also you condition to keep fighting when your out of steam, which is critical. You also are trained to take a punch and to keep fighting. I'd also argue you will develop a harder punch through boxing than anything else and who doesn't want the ability to knock someone out in one punch.

P.S. Good luck finding a boxing gym you like I find the dirtier the better... mine was located in the back of a tow yard.

Boxing and fighting are not about hitting someone hard and knocking them out with one punch. More often than not it is a light counter punch that knocks someone out, it is usually the one that they don't see coming. Smart technical fighting wins over brute strength and hitting hard.

Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell, who won A LOT of fights by knockout, often said that if you're trying to knock a guy out, you probably won't but if you're just trying to make good contact, you probably will.

Chuck Liddell is an extremely gifted fighter. He won allot of the time by beating his opponents liver into submission. MMA fighters do not protect their body as well as boxers due to the dynamic of submissions being more of a danger in the sport. Those repeated hard shots to the liver add up over time. Boxer Micky Ward won his fights against superior opponents by wearing them down with body shots. 

I'm looking for advice on what is practical and can actually be used if needed in a streetfight. 

A streetfight?  Okay.  Look, I boxed in the Army.  I also have a 1st dan in Kuk Sool Won.  I wrestled a little in high school and a little in college.  Took some Judo when I was kid.

For a streetfight,  I have a license to carry concealed.  Get one, and get educated on conflict avoidance when you carry.  A streetfight is usually with strangers and not with some friend.  You don't know what your opponent may have in mind as the endgame.

As for the endeavors you mentioned, pick anyone of them to keep yourself in shape.  However, be careful on the boxing.  I believe it to be the more damaging to the participant because of the repeated blows to the head.

"Kuk Sool Won."

You're only the second person I've ever encountered who's practice Kuk Sool Won!

 

"I believe it to be the more damaging to the participant because of the repeated blows to the head."

 

I wouldn't worry too much about that unless the guy was competing regularly. Most training time is spent hitting pads and bags or, at most, doing light sparring with head gear. It's only when you start getting very competitive that you need to keep head / brain health in mind.

 

 

I wouldn't worry too much about that unless the guy was competing regularly. Most training time is spent hitting pads and bags or, at most, doing light sparring with head gear. It's only when you start getting very competitive that you need to keep head / brain health in mind.

Okay.  I guess I'm not used to boxing as an exercise thing.  The objective was to always compete.  Even with head gear, still was dangerous due to the repeated blows (we lost one right there in the ring, brain hemorrhage).  In my day the only gyms running this type of training was for Golden Gloves (AAU) competitions.  Guess things have changed.

Kuk Sool Won is a complete martial art.  Forms (to include weapons), techniques for take-downs and come-alongs, joint locking, pressure points, and of course the standard kicking and punching in sparring.  A fun endeavor.  Probably good for a fight, but I prefer what I advised above to carry concealed.

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