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Old 01-10-2008, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,
I was hoping to learn off your experience. My question is if I wanted to eventually move into MMA what disicpline should I start with. I have 4 years background in amateur wrestling. I weigh around 150 lbs and am 5'6,
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum bud, Im sure if you stick around long enough you'll learn more than you ever thought you could about MMA. Its a vast sport and all the answers are right here.

Regarding your question, well, you seem to have an extensive wrestling background, why not work with your strengths, continue your wrestling, improve it and incorporate other styles into it.

But its all up to you, we can't tell you to do BJJ because we think its cool, its up to you to decide what your comfortable in. Do you like to grapple, submit people and how to defend submissions? Or do you like to punch, kick, knee or strike your opponant?

Well this is why it's called MMA, because you can do all of that, and its recommended if you want to be a fighter. The basic disciplines that starters take are Kickboxing/Muay Thai...BJJ...and Wrestling....after that you can incorporate your own style, be it Judo, JJ, Sambo etc.

So yeah, its really up to you, theres worlds of Martial Arts out there, you just need to see where your best suited in.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, your wrestling background is going to help you out a lot, because you should be able to take the fight wherever you want, standing or to the mat.

With that wrestling background, you should learn some solid striking to help set up your take downs and give your opponent something else to think about besides the shot. Muay Thai is really hot right now and starting there would be nice, but a boxing or kickboxing background would be sufficient if you can't find a Muay Thai school near you.

Obviously, you're going to need to know Brazilian Jui Jitsu. If you take someone down and don't know how to defend submissions, you're done for. As a wrestler, you could focus on submission defense and getting out of locks, but it would be better if you worked all aspects of BJJ, defense and offense.

To be a successful MMA fighter today, you have to be incredibly well-rounded. Work striking, continue to improve your wrestling, and get a submission background and you should be successful. The more dynamic your game becomes, the better off you'll be.

Lastly, never underestimate diet and exercise. It will make your training pay off. Cardio, Cardio, Cardio.




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Old 01-11-2008, 04:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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So I think I am going to start with Ging Wu Kung Fu and also get back onto my wrestling regime. I had a very solid ground game a few years ago but when I got hurt I had to stop for about year and a half. Any comments and/or ideas?
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I would take some form of stand up. Muay Thai would be nice for you. You know the ground already but need to add some bjj. Muay Thai + wrestling+ bjj= a very dangerous man.
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I would continue to work on transitioning your wrestling into MMA and work more n your ground game. Take up a Submission Grappling or BJJ class.

Also take up a striking class. I recommend Muay Thai over traditional Boxing.

Keep a well balanced routine and try to work everything equally


conditioning is also very crucial.
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome. It looks like everyone pretty much covered the question but my 2 cents is maintain your wrestling skills and work on Muay Thai and Jui Jitsu. Not to mention cardio, cardio, cardio.
That should kick off a well rounded career. Good luck.
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So I think I am going to start with Ging Wu Kung Fu and also get back onto my wrestling regime. I had a very solid ground game a few years ago but when I got hurt I had to stop for about year and a half. Any comments and/or ideas?
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I wish you the best of luck in your Kung Fu training, and as I don't know much about the Ging Wu branch, I won't critique it too much. But, if your looking to go into MMA, I'd suggest something along the lines of Muay Thai or Kickboxing as they are the most basic, and more natural forms of striking.

But, if you feel confident in your Kung Fu, then all the power to you.
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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As a wrestler, my tip is definately for you to learn some good submissions. Otherwise a lot of wrestlers underestimate their opponents guard and get submitted.

If you learn (even if only a little) MT you can mix up fake takedowns with strikes to confuse yor opponents a la Randy Couture.
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