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Old 09-14-2008, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im 16, 5'10 and weigh 135 but am increasing weight with muscle mass. I play football as a strong safety and have always been known as a hard hitter. Ive also boxed for about a half year but was recently introduced to mma and i love the adrenaline of it. I live in a smalltown in Georgia but we have 2 gyms that teach BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, and Kempo. I train everyday with split weighttraining, running 3 miles and i use multivitamins, protein and i have started my nutrition and i shadow box as of right now b/c i dont have a bag yet. I have fought a couple guys at my school who take some classes but i dominated them with my standup and takedown defense. I am goin to take BJJ so my ground game is sufficient. I am looking for tips on anything and advice on how to start fightin other than a "underground" fight every other week. But i need to know other workouts to use to get better fighting as i already
have good conditioning. But thanks for yalls help in advance. Also should i take TKD?
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im 16, 5'10 and weigh 135 but am increasing weight with muscle mass. I play football as a strong safety and have always been known as a hard hitter. Ive also boxed for about a half year but was recently introduced to mma and i love the adrenaline of it. I live in a smalltown in Georgia but we have 2 gyms that teach BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, and Kempo. I train everyday with split weighttraining, running 3 miles and i use multivitamins, protein and i have started my nutrition and i shadow box as of right now b/c i dont have a bag yet. I have fought a couple guys at my school who take some classes but i dominated them with my standup and takedown defense. I am goin to take BJJ so my ground game is sufficient. I am looking for tips on anything and advice on how to start fightin other than a "underground" fight every other week. But i need to know other workouts to use to get better fighting as i already
have good conditioning. But thanks for yalls help in advance. Also should i take TKD?
TKD will not really help you in MMA. It will give you good form for certain kicks/punches, but that's about it. TKD is mainly kicks which isn't really that effective in MMA. If your going to take anything I would suggest BJJ to start. This will give you a good ground base. You can learn standup easier on your own than you can BJJ. Try to get you a bag and then drill the heck out of combos. Then when you are comfortable, find some guys to start sparring with using big gloves. But if your really serious you need to find a gym that trains specifically MMA. I'm from Ga. as well, let me know where your at and I can recommend a gym or two near you. Good Luck!

Oh, and stay away from underground fights!
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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TKD is pretty good, and very different from MMA. It will help you with your technique on punching, kicking and blocking. It is based firmly around stand up though but I find that TKD sparring is at a much faster pace than MMA and i've found they spend a lot more time on stamina and fitness training than most MMA gyms. So at a beginner level all training is good training really.
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Start with wrestling dude. If you are good at wrestling then you will decided whether or not the fight goes to the ground or stays up. After that its your choice what to study next, but you need to be well rounded to succeed nowadays. Take equal time practicing your stand up and bjj skills. Lately I've been really impressed by people with nice Judo skills. Welcome to the forum by the way
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Correct me if I'm wrong of course , but I'd personally offer the following advice.

I think if you go to a specific MMA class twice a week around your current training ( if one is available ) you'll find that the class works on important aspects of MMA such as Muay Thai and Boxing for the stand up , Wrestling for the takedown defence and BJJ for the floor game.

Obviously there are MMA Fighters who know other stuff i.e Machida etc etc , but the above is pretty vital for MMA and being an all rounder.

There was some advice given by B.J Penn which does make a lot of sense - " Learn one art to start with and take it to to the fullest that you can take it , then start branching into others "


On the fighting thing personally over here in the UK the minuim age for MMA fighting is 18 , I'm not sure what it's like for you guys over the pond though.

However , if you do join a MMA club and your trainer noptices your game to a fighting standard over time , you'll more than likely be offered fights on small cards which you can work yourself up from.
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Echo'ing what others have said regarding Wrestling. you're in The states, take maximum advantage of the wrestling foundations that are on offer over there and you'll develop that strong fundamental base for your MMA fighting.

Previous reply quoted BJ Penn there regarding initialy developing one art form then branching out, MMA classes can be to broad for their own good sometimes and can be somewhat confusing if you are being taught multiple styles... Saying that there are alot of MMA Gyms out there who have good set programs to avoid this and instil specifics.

Get involved with wrestling, develop that core strength and you'll find yourself smoothly integrating this with submission fighting such as BJJ, but try and find BJJ classes that train without GI's.
As for your standup, i'm not saying you should sleep on this but get yourself an heavybag for your home and work on your posistioning, moving around the bag, correcting your stances and your strike defense before eventually learning some combinations... throw your combination nice and slowly though develop that technique before starting to throw the heavy/speed shots.
Youtube/amazon bookstore will have loads of info on boxing styles, wouldn't worry about kicks except low kicks really, high kicks i find are to risky in MMA.
Knees - you can work your clinch with your heavybag, placing your hands behind the bag, and throwing your knees at the bag.again yotube for techniques, look at the comment boxes though as some kids with no clue post videos on there
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