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KennethV 06-17-2012 07:25 AM

Starting MMA with judo background
Hi everyone!

First of all, congratulations with this wonderful site. I think this forum is probably unique for the MMA community.

I read the other topics in this section concerning starting MMA with different backgrounds, but i haven't found any relating to judo. (perhaps there is, anyways, i haven't found one)

So basically i'm (nearly) 22 years old and i've practiced judo for some 5 years (15-20). I've quit because i had a serious injury to recover from. I won't pretend i was the outstanding fighter of my club, but i can say i was at a decent level.

I want to begin practicing martial arts once again, and MMA sounds interesting. However, i could do 4 things to eventually get into MMA:

1. Practicing judo again for some time (1 year or so) before starting MMA.

2. Start another martial arts, probably kickboxing, MT or thai boxing. (something with kicks and punches)

3. Start another martial arts, like Brazilian JJ, to learn armbars and leglocks (our judo trainers were very reluctant to learn these to us, so basically my knowledge of these things is rather basic)

4. Dive into MMA straight away...

So what would be the best approach? Do be honest, i'm reluctant of the 4rd option, simply because i do not know anything about throwing punches or kicks, and basically nothing about locks, so i think it would be irresponsible to go to MMA directly, no?

Thanks in advance (and sorry for the long post!)

DaFreshestG 06-17-2012 06:16 PM

i would focus mainly on your stand up and the bjj not saying quit the judo training but if your eager to get into mma you need to learn to defend submissions and some striking good luck brah

joh2141 07-05-2012 08:41 PM

DaFreshestG is right, you do need to learn how to defend against submissions so it is important to learn great submission defense. With that said, continue your Judo. Judo is so underrated yet it's a very effective art. The grip is very important in Judo (as you know I'm sure) and Judo/Jujitsu artists have one of the best grips I've seen.

As for striking, focus on something with good stand up. Maybe learn a little basic to intermediate boxing to get in the habit of establishing a jab/reach. I love arts like Kyokushin but the most effective in the MMA sport is something like boxing or kick boxing... Of course, if you can find an alternative in your own style that works, that would be great too.

Take Jon Bones Jones for example. He doesn't have that great of a standup-striking. He's just very unorthodox, tricky, and a clever fighter when it comes to stand up. And his general physique puts him at an advantage in a stand up. Use what you can to your advantage and learn more about how to overcome your weaknesses.
Don't dive into MMA right away. Have a little patience and keep training. I would train cardio; a very important factor. With a lot of the newer fighters coming to the octagon, people get skeptical about their cardio. Also, try to make sure your training is much harder than the fight matches. I heard Korean Zombie practiced against Benson Henderson to prepare for Dustin Poirier.

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