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Old 05-21-2009, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm Griffin, I'm 15, and from the Boston area. I play lacrosse, and want to try something new, and MMA has always seemed interesting. Where do I start? How much time should I spend a week? Would it even be possible if I do lacrosse as well? Anything else I should know?
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!!! My family lives in the Boston area. I would say lacrosse is going to provide some conditioning itself and MMA on top will just be like cross training and vice versa. If you are doing strength training and cardio with lacrosse you can focus on technique for MMA. Don't get me wrong conditioning for each sport is different. A great example is Hockey alot of running can actually be bad for a hockey players conditioning or just not effective.

Talk to your trainers for MMA 1st, explain what you do and what your goals are for MMA and they should be able to point you in the right direction. If anything I think the circuit training and conditioning rigors of MMA will take your lacrosse game to the next level.
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Thanks! When you say trainer, do you mean lacrosse trainer?
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Thanks! When you say trainer, do you mean lacrosse trainer?
sorry should specified. Your MMA trainer/coach whatever they want to be called. When I started I talked to my coach for about an hour. He asked alot of questions that told him what kind of person I was and what kind of needs or areas of focus I needed to work on. Most importantly he asked what I wanted from it and why. He also had me sit in on at least one class to make sure I really wanted to start. Hope this helps.

What area you in? My closest family is in Melrose, a couple in Lynn and some in the Cape, and some friends in back bay. Let me know if you have any questions about any of this. GO SOX!
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I'm out of Brookline, and the Sox are sweeet! My one question is: where / how do I find a trainer?
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I got lucky and my friend that I lifted weights with had a mentour that was just getting his new gym started. I know there are places around there. There was an episode of Tapout filmed there. Best thing I would do is ask others that train in your area or google and talk to the people at several before making a selection. Good luck let me know how it works out.
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Thanks a ton. Will let you know.
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Hi, I'm Griffin, I'm 15, and from the Boston area. I play lacrosse, and want to try something new, and MMA has always seemed interesting. Where do I start? How much time should I spend a week? Would it even be possible if I do lacrosse as well? Anything else I should know?
A good start would be to take a basic karate and/or wrestling class. Foundation is key for martial arts. The class schedules may vary so I'm not sure how much time it would take.
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You should sign up for the wrestling team and do that also for the rest of high school...plus it's pretty much free!
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hey, its good that you do a sport, because you could always apply conventions from every sport into mma, such as your cardio skills, balance ect..
but the main difference in mma is you will defonatly get rocked sooner then later because its the only way you learn to up your game, and many people such as my friends dropped gave up.
A good thing about America is you can do wrestling in high school but i believe striking is more important and in my opinion if you wana work on striking i advise you take up either muay thai, boxing or kick boxing, but bare in mind youve gota adapt what you learn from them to suit mma.
I also advise you have a few inter club armature bouts in your chosen striking activity to get the gist of exchanging strikes.
Then when your confident apply your ground skills and get into mma.



that said, i'd like to just state this is my opinion, it probably aint the best one but it worked for me so if your not too sure about it, go it your own way and good luck in the future
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