Hello everyone! I wont beat around the bush... I'd love to train muay thai, really a lot. It is very fascinating sport and art. But I think I'm kind of..scared? Well, I'm not sure 'scared' is the right word. I've trained shotokan karate (kumite) for 10 years and I am actually very good at it. But I just want to start with full-contact sport with kicks and knees. It's a challange, yes, but there is some stuff that I am thinking about / scared of.: - Scared of injury...I guess - (I haven't any real long experience with full contact and in sport karate isn't allowed to punch hard in the face. Or lowkicks... God damn effective kicks, but again, in karate they are not allowed so I'm not used to them neither. Actually, I'm not even scared of getting hit. I'm just afraid that I wont get used to it like the other fighters are. - I don't want to do muay thai only for self-defence. I want to compete in it. But when I look on the fights on youtube, fighters are like punching each other the whole time of the fight without taking any pause. How in the hell can they do that? I have a great physical condition, but perhaps not as good as they have. How would I make it on some of my first fight then? - And last thing I've been thinking about is, that as I've said before, in karate there are not allowed hard punches in the face. So I am not really used to hit someone so hard while training for example. I just don't feel comfortable when I hit my training partner, because the whole life I've trained, every time I hitted someone a little bit harder, they started to cry almost and we had to immediately stop the fight until he "was alright". <-- please this is with a bit of irony in it. Maybe all I am scared of is, If I can "jump" from karate to muay thai and get used to all the new stuff and forgot the old. I don't know. That's why I am asking you, more experienced, friends. By the way I'm 16 years old. Thank you very much for help!