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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 06:08 PM
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If you want to compete, you will probably benefit from doing more than just 2 styles. right now i do 4, but they are all connected: BJJ, Wrestling, Muay Thai, and Boxing.

you deffinitely need atleast one grappling and one striking, and like people have said already, MT and BJJ are usually your best bet if you had to pick.

The problem with BJJ is that you wont have many takedowns to choose from, hence why wrestling is a great choice(look at all the great fighters that use it as their base: couture, fitch, Kos, St. Pierre, Hendo, Faber).

MT is great, but due to the use of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows, you normally wont get great at one thing, more good at all of them. That is why boxing is great to give the hands more time, since you can normally survive with good boxing and kick defense(rampage, BJ, Marcus Davis, Arlovski).

I get all these at my gym, so if you can, that is prefect if not, dont be afraid to jump around

Also, having an MMA class that ties everything together is great for getting to know how it is when you have to combine everything.

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i'm starting my mma training tomorrow. mostly conditioning. i was weight training before i decided to start mma.

i'm set on learning bjj for my ground fighting and i'm starting my training at a boxing gym. i would rather not use traditional american boxing at my stand up technique though.

i'm not exactly sure what i want to do. kickboxing, karate, muay thai, jujitsu, the endless list. i mean i'd like to learn krav maga but the closet school is an hour away and i don't drive yet.

i'm 16 years old, 5'9, 162.5lbs at 13% body fat(on my booty)

suggestions or any questions that you have that would help with your answering would be apreciated
krav maga is a waste of time...

keep your mind up, especially with the whole stand up thing.

one thing you can be sure of is that you wont learn bjj at a boxing gym...go find a good bjj school or submission wrestling school. start there its hardest and takes the longest to learn.

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If you are a clean slate and can't find a true MMA gym then I recommend Judo. I find when competing Judo is my fallback discipline. There are a LOT of wrestlers moving to MMA. When I match up with a wrestler I quickly learned not to play their game. When trying to wrestler with collegiate wresters I found if they wanted me down they could get me there. If they wanted back up, not much I could do to stop them. I quit trying to wrestle with them and started using some Judo sweeps of which they were unfamiliar and I could put them down without getting into a contest of strength.

Judo and wrestling is the transition game of MMA refined and either of these will give you a better chance of determining where the fight ends up. I would say Judo since it sounds as though you are more interested in submissions versus ground and pound.

A lot of fighters love Muay Thai and BJJ. With these disciplines you are competitive regardless of where the fight ends ups but you most likely will be competing at the weaker aspect of your game if you are fighting someone who controls transitions.

I honestly wouldn't recommend training at different locations as the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Knowing how to put together the different aspects of fighting is what will make you successful.

Also, avoid a classic boxing gym. The transition to MMA requires a boxer to unlearn a lot of footwork an you will learn some very, very bad habits when it comes to blocking punches. Find a good MMA boxing coach. I equate a classic boxer trying to box in MMA at more of a disadvantage than a BJJ practicioner (Gi, no striking) would be in a Gi-less MMA fight.

Judo can also teach you intermediate submissions and submission defense. Judo can be in the same boat as BJJ, without a Gi is a whole different game and still needs to be adapted to MMA.
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