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    just a simple question am i to old to do muay thai.I am 40 years old and been interested in thai boxing for a long while. what about sparring am i to old for that are there rules on sparring at my age i am also very out of shape can i still get fit. can i just train or will i have to get in the ring etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by ade1971 View Post
    just a simple question am i to old to do muay thai.I am 40 years old and been interested in thai boxing for a long while. what about sparring am i to old for that are there rules on sparring at my age i am also very out of shape can i still get fit. can i just train or will i have to get in the ring etc
    NO! You should be able to start at any age. If the club instructor knows what he's doing he will work with you at a a pace that suits you so don't worry too much about being "out of shape". I started MT this year (I'm 42) for fitness & cardio more than anything and I have no intention to fight in the ring.
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    I 2nd Mike on that. I meat a guy once years ago who started in his 70's

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    To be honest, any martial artist that hasn't done that art since they can walk stands a very small chance at being the best in the world at that art. Same goes with anything though. Be it doing a martial art, learning a language, playing an instrument etc. If a kid can do it then an adult can and its just a question of collected experience over your life that makes you good at what you do.

    Also, the second you start giving up on things in life is the second you start winding down your life like the end of a party. I generally need to be pried off the bar to be made to leave a party. Thinking you are too old to do muey thai at 40 is like leaving at 8:00 pm and going to bed. Stay a while longer, have another drink, and if you are feeling a bit groggy, switch to a weaker drink/slightly more gentle martial art.

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    hi all

    Just to add to Tony thread, you are as old as you feel and if you have the heart to try something new even at 50 or what ever the age , you can try to make a success of it. I am turning 30 in a couple of moths but I enjoy the art that i started a year or so ago, i get my butt handed to me every night at practise but I enjoy it cause of the fact to get as good to beat them at a later stage , a goal point if you can put it like that. As the saying goes " You are never to old to learn something new ."
    I have started training again after 4 months of injuries and i feel like an old man of all the exercise but I know that it will only last for a while then i ll be back , playing and training in something i love to do with people who love what they do best

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    You're not too old. It won't be as easy for you as it will be for an 18-year-old, but if boxing is what makes you happy/interested, then do it and overcome any age stereotypes.

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    No your not to old, there is no suck thing. Although it may be harder for you than some teenager, as long as you work hard at what you do you will get good at it.

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    Some good answers here. I'm 41 and looking at starting Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This thread has filled me with confidence to go ahead and give it a go as I was quite nervous before reading this. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeitup View Post
    NO! You should be able to start at any age. If the club instructor knows what he's doing he will work with you at a a pace that suits you so don't worry too much about being "out of shape". I started MT this year (I'm 42) for fitness & cardio more than anything and I have no intention to fight in the ring.
    Give it a go. You will enjoy it.
    I agree with Mike; I'm nearly 44 and in the last 2 years i've: gone back to TKD (although i'd done it for a few years many years before, as well as other styles) and taken up 3 weapons styles as well.
    My fitness was average going back to TKD but i at least knew how to do all the kicks.

    That said, while i enjoy the sparring, i know i'm past competative sparring and only do it for fun and grading. Don't let my evaluation of my ability put you off though; if you are training just MT you might find all the parts come together so that you may want to have a go, so take as many opportunities you can get doing training bouts and enjoy it, it is a lot of (brutal) fun!

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    I agree with Mike and Chaleira. you are never too old. i don't care if you were 82 yrs old, even though i am exaggerating a little bit. if you want to learn Muay Thai, then you go for it. Train smart and good luck. I'm behind you all the way

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