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Old 06-02-2010, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As the title states, I'm a newb to MMA located in Raleigh, North Carolina. I'm 19 years old and recently finished my freshman year in college. I have been a fan of MMA/UFC for about two years now. I planned on attending a local MMA Academy here in Raleigh back in 2008, but unfortunate events changed those plans. I started linebacker for my school's Varsity football team, and tore my ACL & meniscus the 3rd game of my senior season (October 2008). This ended my football (also basketball & baseball) career as I knew it. It also ended my plans for starting MMA after the football season was over.

Now it is June 2010, and I am ready and VERY eager to start. I have several questions I would like to ask before I contact a local academy.

1. Are there any members on this forum who have also suffered knee injuries similar to mine that still participate in MMA?
2. Where should I start? - Any suggestions on training and things I should know (ANYTHING helps!)
3. Should I even bother starting MMA after having my previous knee injuries?

Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my post and helping me out!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it should be OK to start training. You'll probably be doing alot of squat, lunge, sprawl type activities. Start slow and see how your leg feels. Also let your coach(es) know and get their input.

Depending if you have a focus, you might want to start with a stand up game (Kickboxing etc..) and go from there. My biggest concern would be grappling some of the leg locks (heel hooks, toe holds) that can put alot of pressure on your knee. If you do grapple mention this to your training partner. Almost all the people in this sport are cool and will appreciate your letting them know.

Good luck and have fun. This sport is a blast!!
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I think it should be OK to start training. You'll probably be doing alot of squat, lunge, sprawl type activities. Start slow and see how your leg feels. Also let your coach(es) know and get their input.

Depending if you have a focus, you might want to start with a stand up game (Kickboxing etc..) and go from there. My biggest concern would be grappling some of the leg locks (heel hooks, toe holds) that can put alot of pressure on your knee. If you do grapple mention this to your training partner. Almost all the people in this sport are cool and will appreciate your letting them know.

Good luck and have fun. This sport is a blast!!

Thanks a lot for your advice! I look forward to starting!!
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am also from the Raleigh area. I have found that most MMA academys around here do not allow new guys to use leg locks. They wont even teach them to newbs until they've got a year or more under their belt. And using leg locks on class mates during live roll sessions is typically out also. The higher level practioners are the only guys I've seen actually using heel hooks and leg locks while live rolling. I think it has to do with newbs going too hard and hurting each other. Anway most guys Ive trained with have had a knee injury at some point and they do just fine in MMA.

That said, there is an excellent MMA academy in Raliegh at the Forged Fitness gym. Brandon Gardner, who was on TUF last year, trains there as well as some other local MMA pros. They have an excellent staff
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2. Where should I start? - Any suggestions on training and things I should know (ANYTHING helps!)

When my gym told me that I first needed to attend boxing, then kickboxing, then ground fighting I didn't understand. Ground fighting was what I wanted to learn. Now just 3 short weeks lately I completely understand why. Take it easy on your knee let your trainer know about your knee issue.

But you should start out with boxing which doesn't put to much pressure on the knees.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Get in the best cardio condition of your life before you even walk through the door. You'll quickly realize it wasn't good enough especially when you start rolling.

Check out your school/gym thoroughly . Some places love to sign you to a contract then use you for a heavy bag 'til you quit.

Make sure your coach and training partners know about any and all injuries you're concerned with. they don't want to hurt you.

Make sure you have med insurance. You will get hurt.
Don't load up on equipment before you pick a gym. They need that money.
Pay the extra money for a GOOD mouthpiece. It's worth it.

I don't know anything about Raleigh but there are a couple of first class gyms right down the road in wilmington.

Champion mma and evolution mma both have instructors who have trained with the best in the world.
Have fun and keep your hands up!
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