@heroup2112: Have any of you guys ever trained in Mauy Thai? If not i can highly recommend it. You sacrifice a little of the punch power of boxing (due to a slightly wider stance), but you get way more diversity of strikes. In self defence situations you also get the added bonus of your elbows and knees not breaking as easily as hands, and kicks to keep people at range.
I've trained some in Muay Thai and I like it. I've also fought one guy who had some MT training, though my own style is based on shutting that kind of thing down it was NOT fun (btw, I have very little training or aptitude in boxing I just know I've had THE MOST trouble with people who HAVE had boxing training, that's why I would like to be able to do it MUCH better...or I would have when I was younger and my body wasn't all broken). When I was younger, in shape, and my back wasn't broken I suppose you could say I was a mixed martial artist, but I didn't know the "MMA" brand style. I just learned a lot of whatever anyone would teach me and incorporated it into a system. The only thing I hold a belt in is USTA Taekwondo. I've seriously studied Hapkido, Hwrangdo, Shotokan Karate,American Wrestling, and a great deal of US Army Combatives. I've learned techniques from Aikido, BJJ, JJJ, Judo, Ninjutsu, Muay Thai, Systema, Wing Chun and a few others that I don't remember off the top of my head, but to say I "studied" them would be a complete lie.
Sounds like you're been an avid learner of martial arts for a long time mate. I've only seriously studied Muay Thai (10 yrs) and BJJ (brown belt), and I've dabbled in Taekwondo and Krav Maga. I'd love to learn some American Wrestling and Judo though but I struggle to find the time now days.
Sorry to hear that you broke your back mate, did you sever the spinal chord or can you still walk? My wife broke hers a couple of years ago but thankfully the spinal chord was intact. She still went through and continues to go through epic amounts of pain and functional limitations though so I can only imagine what it's like for you.