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Old 01-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! Last question, lol. Should I be learning BJJ by itself for the first little while? I have no problem doing that, because most "mma" schools near me that teach MMA do bjj one day, wrestling the next, striking, etc. Would it be more effective to focus on just one, like BJJ?
People will tell you different things to start with. But you really need to just train something you actually enjoy. If you pick up an art and figure out you hate it, what are the chances you will keep going back? Dabble in a bit of everything until you figure out what you like the most.

If you are serious though you should try and shoot for a striking and a grappling art at least.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've always been a fan of MMA, UFC, boxing, kickboxing, etc, and just recently I have seriously considered joining a camp/class for MMA. I am not expecting to being anywhere close to good in my first few years. I am aware how long it takes to become a solid fighter, but I am very eager to learn and fascinated with MMA. Any tips you can give me? What should I expect? Will I like it? Thanks guys!
Just go to the gym, talk a little with the people there how things work there (every gym has its own unwritten rules). Don't act tough, have your body washed and your nails cut before the training, don't eat anything anymore 2h prior to the training, except for maybe a banana. Be prepared for some fine muscle ache the next days.

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Thanks for the welcoming everybody! What are your opinions on some "must-have" equipment (not clothing/gear) for my home? Heavy bag? Grapple dummy? Anything like that?
Home equipment as a beginner¿ NOTHING! You go to your gym and learn the craft/art under supervision of your trainer who, hopefully, will correct you A LOT. It takes a while until you can do your techniques properly. If you train at home as a beginner without someone correcting you regularly, you will memorize erroneous technique and get accustomed to bad habits. In a year or so, you may think about a heavy bag or other home equipment.

You haven't even had your first class yet. There are so many people who like watching MMA and are eager to start it themselves, but after a couple of weeks their dedication is gone, so first of all, just go to that gym you've chosen and see how it goes.

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Thanks guys! Last question, lol. Should I be learning BJJ by itself for the first little while? I have no problem doing that, because most "mma" schools near me that teach MMA do bjj one day, wrestling the next, striking, etc. Would it be more effective to focus on just one, like BJJ?
Again, go to the gym, try out the different disciplines and stick to those that you enjoy. First build a base. If you're a good learner, you may think about going amateur in a year or so, then you should think about fixing the holes in your game.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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okay great thanks guys! i know most gyms have a beginner program which probably teaches a bit of everything.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Is it normal to feel nervous? I haven't even had my first class and I'm nervous. Cardio has always been my weak point in any training/sport and I know it's huge in MMA and I'm worried it will hold me back....also I'm just worried in general. I wouldn't say scared, but just anxious i suppose.
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Cardio comes with the training Withers just go in there and have fun. Don't fret on the cardio just yet. Everyone starting a martial art for the first time feels anxiety, but remember you're gonna be learning to do something you love and want to do.

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Cardio comes with the training Withers just go in there and have fun. Don't fret on the cardio just yet. Everyone starting a martial art for the first time feels anxiety, but remember you're gonna be learning to do something you love and want to do.

You'll be fine out there....welcome to the forum
True! Thanks so much for the support!
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Is it normal to feel nervous? I haven't even had my first class and I'm nervous. Cardio has always been my weak point in any training/sport and I know it's huge in MMA and I'm worried it will hold me back....also I'm just worried in general. I wouldn't say scared, but just anxious i suppose.
I actually had the same feeling, but that's because I'm pretty competitive and hate losing or being shitty at anything really. So I actually weight lifted for an entire year to build an extra 10lbs of lean muscle cuz everybody had an average weight of 185 north to 200+. But that's just me I wanted to compete right off the bat with intermediates and be able to hold my own. For you though...just relax and enjoy it. You'll be sore, tired, muscles aching, gas in the middle of pad workouts, but that's everybody. I'll tell you one thing though. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for what the fighters go through.

Again, just go in there and have fun!
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I actually had the same feeling, but that's because I'm pretty competitive and hate losing or being shitty at anything really. So I actually weight lifted for an entire year to build an extra 10lbs of lean muscle cuz everybody had an average weight of 185 north to 200+. But that's just me I wanted to compete right off the bat with intermediates and be able to hold my own. For you though...just relax and enjoy it. You'll be sore, tired, muscles aching, gas in the middle of pad workouts, but that's everybody. I'll tell you one thing though. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for what the fighters go through.

Again, just go in there and have fun!
Awesome! I've been bodybuilding for 2 years and brought my weight from 150 to 200 lb. if I link some mma camps to you guys is there any way you can help me choose? There's a few to choose from and one is actually run by Damiam Meia (sp?)
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Awesome! I've been bodybuilding for 2 years and brought my weight from 150 to 200 lb. if I link some mma camps to you guys is there any way you can help me choose? There's a few to choose from and one is actually run by Damiam Meia (sp?)
What in the world...you increased 50lbs in two years. That is a dramatic jump. You'll still get submitted like everybody else, but you won't really get outmuscled so that will help you considerably. You just need to learn the technique especially in grappling.

There's lot of peeps on the forum from there so they might be able to recommend something for ya. I recently saw a Taekwondo gym that converted to "mma" hahaha. You'll be able to do your own research by looking who the head instructors are and where they got their belts or trained at.
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