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Old 01-09-2008, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Usefulness of these styles?

A new MMA gym just opened in my area and I'm thinking of signing up. The instructor is a former student of Grandmaster Bok Man Kim (TKD Hall of Famer) and a blackbelt in a half-dozen martial arts, so I'm not really doubting his credentials, but I'm a bit worried about how much use I'll get out of what I learn there. They teach tae kwon do, Kenpo karate, Muay Thai, and kickboxing. It seems like a decent mix to me, besides the obvious fact that it's almost exclusively stand-up (thus the stand-up forum), but I've never done any kind of MMA before, so I'm not exactly an expert. Would this be good training as far as MMA goes, or should I just skip it? Keep in mind that this is the only school within reasonable driving distance, so finding one with boxing or BJJ is out of the question.

Edit: I'm also doing wrestling, and I'm planning on finding a new school at some point (A few years down the road) where I can learn some kind of Sambo or BJJ.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah I think it is a good idea to go for this given that you have no other options you may as well train there, in my opinion get into the mauy thai and kickboxing and as you'll be cross training wrestling you'll have the resources there to develop a pretty well rounded range of skills. Sounds like a pretty good set up really.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Any training is better than no training. Generally there's the three venues a fight will take place and multiple disciplines that practice the techniques used in each venue. Ideally, you'd want at least one martial art that covers each part of the MMA game.

Stand-up: Muay thai, boxing, kickboxing, karate
Take Downs: Wrestling, Judo, Sambo
Grappling: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Catch Wrestling

Since you already got the takedown/wrestling aspect covered, it's a good idea to get some stand-up and/or grappling in there too (for MMA). None of this is cut-in-stone, but it is generally acknowledged that you need to at least be familiar with the areas of fighting that you are not comfortable with since you can't always control where the fight takes place.
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