RNC - the fighting mans lullaby
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somewhere between Hell and Earth
Having been to my local MMA gym several times, i'd advise learning individual disciplines first for a short while, ie. Boxing /muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and wrestling if you can find a wrestling school near you. The MMA gym i attended wasnt very adept at coaching technique, which is possibly the most important aspect. If its anything like my gym, its full of thugs who think learning "cagefighting" is the best thing since asbo's.
I joined a local Muay Thai gym ran by one of the top Muay Thai coaches in the UK (he's some sort of oriental, he used to coach the japanese army)
Pedro Rizzo was a Vale Tudo fighter, and as Toxic says, alot of Brazilians have their roots in Vale Tudo. Go and watch a few sessions before you decide, and have a chat with the coach.
Make sure your cardio is decent too, as it will help no end in nailing the techniques a damn sight quicker.