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Old 02-08-2010, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to get into MMA?

Hey guys, im 19 years old and i really want to start training for MMA, surprisingly there are a lot of gyms that teach MMA classes in my area but would an "intro to MMA class" actually work? or am i better off starting with actually learning martial arts? Also what is a good training regiment to get myself into shape? (im not overweight but am just average) i would really appreciate the help..thanks!
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It all depends on you. Some people don't even take an MMA class. A lot of people take classes in specific disciplines. I was taking an MMA and a BJJ class for a bit (currently trying to find a new gym) and it worked for me. I also boxed for awhile.

MMA is a mixture of striking, wrestling, and submissions. An intro class would be beneficial if you are completely new to it.

As for working out, the training at the gym will be very good for you. Just make sure to try and stay away from empty carbs such as sweets and soda. They won't do you aby good. Protein will help a lot with working out. Make sure to do a lot of cardio-vascular exercises such as running and swimming. Remember that a lot of times the more muscle you pack on, the faster you will tire and the less flexible you will be in some cases.

I hope this helps and I hope others come along to contribute. Good luck, have fun and train hard!
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Find a gym you like and just go. You'll get in shape as you train. Don't worry about "intro." classes and what not. Talk and listen to the coaches, and everything will be fine.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Also, an MMA class will cover more than one discipline as opposed to a Muy Thai class which will consist only of Muy Thai. This is something to think about as well. You will learn a lot muy about a specific discipline if you take a class in that specific discipline.
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I am really not a fan of somebody who directly starts MMA training. I'm more the kind of guy who would prefer one Martial Art first getting good at this one and than move on to another.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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alright thanks a lot guys this really helped...i think im going to start with muy thai kickboxing and then move into BJJ and train along the way..i appreciate the help!
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Sounds like to me your into mma and not just one art. To me the best way would be to take mma class that covers everything not just one thing. And if you want to fight some day it will be better to be good on the ground and on your feet not just one or the other. When I started fighting I found the mma class/gym to be better than the Kickboxing class, since most mma class have fighters and trainers thatare all into and trying to do the same thing you are.
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Sounds like to me your into mma and not just one art. To me the best way would be to take mma class that covers everything not just one thing. And if you want to fight some day it will be better to be good on the ground and on your feet not just one or the other. When I started fighting I found the mma class/gym to be better than the Kickboxing class, since most mma class have fighters and trainers thatare all into and trying to do the same thing you are.
I partially agree. I think that it is very good to get a good base in some specific arts before going right for MMA sometimes. For example I boxed and then took a BJJ class along with an MMA class. You learn a lot more about a specific discipline in that class than in an MMA class. So it would be good to do Muy Thai and BJJ and then take an MMA class to sort of tie it all together.

It is personal preference though. I mean I didn't do it the exact way I just described it, but some people do. Some go straight for MMA. It is all about what you are more comfortable doing.
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