Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Gtr Manchester, England
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