What’s good, guys?
A little background: I have dabbled in various martial arts for short spurts just to get a taste (~3-6 months in each), including Hapkido, Krav Maga, Kajukenbo, and a very brief stint of Taekwondo.
I have absolutely terrible flexibility in my hips and hamstrings. I know essentially all martial arts will increase mobility if you stick with them because of the requirements to properly perform movements. However, there were times when I couldn’t even do certain drills because my mobility was so poor. This was not only discouraging, but also led to me not being able to even practice correct form, so I was better off just increasing mobility through more direct means until I could have the capacity to perform the proper motor patterns. This makes me think that grappling, instead of striking, would a better investment of my time as mobility continues to improve.
Where I live now, the most readily available schools teach muay thai or BJJ, both of which have always been of high interest to me. I would like to commit to one and prove that I can stick with it for longer than the lame short stints I have done previously. I am leaning towards BJJ for the reason I stated above (grappling vs striking motor patterns).
Long story short, is BJJ an art that you feel someone can still effectively practice and progress with good technique even with poor mobility? Obviously the mobility will improve with time no matter what I do as long as I stick with it, but practicing strikes that don’t even resemble proper form, all just to eventually increase mobility and then finally be able learn the correct motor patter seems like a poor choice. Do you guys agree? Should I try out BJJ? Am I being a complete puss?