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NoMore 07-15-2009 12:00 AM

Which is best?
 
Well, I have only been weight training for about two months and have become more and more interested in MMA.

I've been wondering what to learn first, between BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, or anything else.

I'm just looking for something where I can strike well on my feet and hold my own on the ground.

By the way, I'm 16, about 150 pounds, and 6'2", if any of that matters.

Thanks.

Fieos 07-15-2009 10:23 AM

Of those, there isn't a best. You need both of them for MMA. Pick whichever you think you'd enjoy most.

RedNite 10-29-2010 10:38 AM

Start with Kickboxing, it covers many aspects of MMA and improves your cardio,the stand up and striking teachniques. Some of the great mixed martial artists have a solid kick boxing background for example Erik Paulson, Pride HW Champion Mirko Filipović, former UFC MW Champion Chuck Liddell, UFC MW Champion Anderson Silva, UFC HW Champion Cain Velasquez and many more.

BearInTheClinch 10-30-2010 06:06 PM

well, first you have to see which of the schools that are near you that you like training at offer which styles
I mean even if everyone here recomended BJJ if you went to the BJJ place and couldn't stand the people there you wouldn't be able to keep going cus you'd hate it...
of course it's been over a year so you may have mastered MMA by now for all we know...

edlavis88 10-30-2010 06:58 PM

Pick whatever you enjoy most and is most convienient to get to.
Maybe start off with boxing/kickboxing cos its the easiest way to ease into combat sports. Depending on where you go to learn BJJ can be a bit heavy for someone who has no experience in martial arts.

Rauno 10-30-2010 07:36 PM

You should start where it's the most convenient for you. They do say that wrestling wins fights though.

Fieos 10-30-2010 07:45 PM

Wrestling lets you dictate where the fight takes place and against another one-dimensional fighter I'd take wrestling over anything else.

xeberus 11-01-2010 01:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Fieos (Post 934567)
Of those, there isn't a best. You need both of them for MMA. Pick whichever you think you'd enjoy most.

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Originally Posted by RedNite (Post 1293509)
Start with Kickboxing, it covers many aspects of MMA and improves your cardio,the stand up and striking teachniques. Some of the great mixed martial artists have a solid kick boxing background for example Erik Paulson, Pride HW Champion Mirko Filipović, former UFC MW Champion Chuck Liddell, UFC MW Champion Anderson Silva, UFC HW Champion Cain Velasquez and many more.

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Originally Posted by BearInTheClinch (Post 1294042)
well, first you have to see which of the schools that are near you that you like training at offer which styles
I mean even if everyone here recomended BJJ if you went to the BJJ place and couldn't stand the people there you wouldn't be able to keep going cus you'd hate it...
of course it's been over a year so you may have mastered MMA by now for all we know...

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Originally Posted by edlavis88 (Post 1294074)
Pick whatever you enjoy most and is most convienient to get to.
Maybe start off with boxing/kickboxing cos its the easiest way to ease into combat sports. Depending on where you go to learn BJJ can be a bit heavy for someone who has no experience in martial arts.

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Originally Posted by Rauno (Post 1294093)
You should start where it's the most convenient for you. They do say that wrestling wins fights though.

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Originally Posted by Fieos (Post 1294096)
Wrestling lets you dictate where the fight takes place and against another one-dimensional fighter I'd take wrestling over anything else.

also that ^ :thumb02:

Squirrelfighter 11-01-2010 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by xeberus (Post 1294619)
also that ^ :thumb02:

That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen!


My .02, If you have to do them one at a time and can't double up, I would start with BJJ, not because I'm a JJ guy, but because unless you have a wrestling background, or naturally have damn good sprawls, a wrestler will probably be able to get you down. JJ off your back is something a lot of guys forget about and at the lower levels against wrestlers who aren't necessarily well rounded, its their achilles heel. In most cases you'll also learn basic sprawls and sweeping techniques that would be invaluable for your overall game. You'll also learn important top control techniques and some takedowns.

However all this doesn't mean jack if you can't throw a punch! Even with the JJ you'd still need dedicated stand up training. If you can't train both Kickboxing/MT/Karate etc, and JJ at least make regular trips to Youtube to look at stand up. This only works to a fractional degree compared to actual training with a professional instructor, but its something, and having any kind of base when you walk into your first stand up class is a lot better than nothing!:thumb02:

Rauno 11-01-2010 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Squirrelfighter (Post 1294814)
having any kind of base when you walk into your first stand up class is a lot better than nothing!:thumb02:

Oh god yes, i remember my first stand-up training, so simple things looked oh so hard.


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