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Is Muay Thai too dangerous for anyone above 30?

This is my first time asking in this place and I hope I am not making any mistakes. I'm currently 32 years old and have a job. Ever since I was 18, I wanted to learn more practical (as in, actually applicable in bare handed self-defense situation) martial arts, particularly Muay Thai or Eskrima. Since it is impossible to find any place that teaches the latter, I opted the former. The problem I have is that as far as my (very limited) knowledge and impression of this martial art goes, this is a particularly hard (as in, opposed to "soft" martial arts) martial art that results in a lot of bone injuries. Also, I've visited couple of gyms but it seems that almost every trainee is in early 20s so I feel out of place in them. I've been running 10 km every morning and doing kendo (while this has been very fun to learn, the fact that this isn't really practical bothered me for a long time) for over ten years now. I have a relatively good cardio and have above average muscle endurance. Would Muay Thai be a good martial arts for me? Also, I'm well aware that when taking up any martial art, it is very important to find a good instructor. What are important things I should ask him or her?

Asked By: - 2/28/2012
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I think you should be alright given your age and the shape you are in. Just make sure to be smart in your training approach and do things like wear a head-gear and mouth-piece, try to train with people that are good and won't abuse you physically in sparring just to inflate their own egos and take a smart approach to... More
Answered By: samuraiwarrior_98 - 2/28/2012
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If you have good Cardio before training then that should help you learn Muay Thai much easier... More
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Answered By: Rikashiku - 2/28/2012
 
Well your gym / its instructors aren't going to force you to spar / step in the ring until both you and they are comfortable with it. So in answer to your question. If you're a fit and active person; No, definitely not.
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Answered By: DR - 2/28/2012
 
Just take muay thai
Answered By: Jago - 2/28/2012
 
oh corse i know plenty of old guys at my gym. Just look at Randy Coture and Mark Coleman. when you first start there isnt much injury involved unless you get really into it such as fighting
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Answered By: robert - 2/28/2012
 
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