Posted by richieb19
Don't take this the wrong way, but don't look towards fighting styles as a way to compensate for your size and lack of confidence. Personally, I love the fight game, and any competition in grappling and striking, but to be honest I will do all I can to avoid a fight. I know where you are coming from, you want to be the tough guy that no one wants to mess with, but with that rep will only come more people that actually want to confront you. If youre really serious about self-defence or competition, than by all means join a club... but if youre only doing this to try to instill confidence in yourself and fear in others, than instead, just learn not to take certain comments to heart.
I agree with this 100% but since you asked a question, I will answer it. You mentioned boxing, muay thai, and BJJ. If you are seriously looking to fight competitively in the future I suggest taking those in that order. Muay Thai is a lot more intensive then just boxing. If you start with boxing there is less of a chance that you will be burned out on training within a month and you will also be able to transition into something like Muay Thai with a little striking knowledge as opposed to zero striking knowledge. You have to remember that these classes, especially Muay Thai aren't practicing strikes and sparring all the time. It's a LOT of conditioning. As far as BJJ if you have the means financially, and the will and stamina to do it, I would say cross train your boxing / Muay Thai and BJJ simultaneously. If not, it's OK to pick up BJJ later on although, again if you are looking to compete and you are a little guy BJJ might be where you really excel. I'm a better striker then grappler myself so a lot of guys might tell you the opposite but it comes down to what you are comfortable with and where your individual strengths lie.
As far as prices go, this is a business where you get what you pay for. At my gym if you cross train Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu it could run you 140/ a month which isn't bad for both classes but if you fight for them and do well, they tear up your contract and you can train for free. You'r better off shelling out the extra money for quality training then going to some $10 a class karate studio that now offers MMA classes. Shopping for a gym is just like shopping for anything else. Do research, find out who the trainer is and what if any credentials he has and eventually you will find something that you can be happy with.