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illmatic 07-23-2008 07:40 AM

Breaking into M.M.A. Training Log
Hello all, I've been mostly lurking these forums for awhile now. A little introduction: I'm 20 years old, just wrapping up doing a little world travel. While I was in Thailand I got involved with a Muay Thai training camp called Tiger Muay Thai, and trained pretty hard for a month and loved it. I decided to see where this passion can take me, and have decided to aim to fight in my first M.M.A. fight at a local amateur venue in my town called Valley Fight this coming December. This means I have a lot of work to do.

I will be training at a local M.M.A. gym called Revolution Chilliwack, as well as training with my friend who also wants to fight within the year.

I'm 20 years old, Southpaw, 6'4 about 195lbs, muscular build from years of weightlifting (I've got an enormous journal on a bodybuilding website but alas, there's no point talking M.M.A. on a bodybuilding forum, so here I am) but relatively weak cardio, other weaknesses include an occassional occurence of shin splints and contact lenses. I've only trained Muay Thai for a month and that's basically all my training besides a bit of self taught boxing.

I'm wrapping up my travels now, sitting in Bangkok for a few more days. I checked out a nearby Muay Thai gym but it was a hole in the ground with some mats and wasn't cheap, so **** it. I'm doing bodyweight exercises and shadowboxing in my room to help maintain what I can.

I go home soon so training resumes on August 1st as I enroll in the MMA gym back home and in addition begin my own training with a partner to keep the total training time to about 3.5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Training is 4 weeks on followed by 1 week rest, each week is 5 days training, alternating between 2 days set out like this:

Day 1 - Technique
Hit Pads
Standup Sparring
Go to class

Day 2 - Conditioning
Weight Training (Divided into Push/Pull/Leg days focusing on functional strength, explosive power, and endurance.)
Heavy Bag
Speed Bag
Go to class

Classes are as follows:
Mon - Beginner Jiu-Jitsu
Tue - M.M.A.
Wed - Beginner Jiu-Jitsu
Thur - Boxing + Muay Thai
Fri - Boxing + Muay Thai + M.M.A
Sat - Rest
Sun - Rest

Going to ease myself into it and build momentum; first week just go to the classes, second week go to the classes and do training every second day, then by the third I'm doing the full routine. Also going to start light on my weights and build momentum over the weeks as powerlifters do.

I've also wrote up a flexible diet that I believe I can maintain pretty easily. I'll add the details once I've gone through with it for awhile in case any changes need to be made. What's important is the 6000 mostly healthy calories to exceed my maintenance level for a gradual weight gain.

Supplements are Protein/Creatine Monohydrate/Multivitamin/Fish Oil, considering a pre-workout supp like N.O. Xplode but don't really need the extra hit to the wallet or a caffeine dependency, so we'll see on that one.

I picked up all my gear to train out here in Thailand for nice and cheap. Got 16oz gloves, shin guards, wraps, mouth guard, and headgear. My friend has bought all of these things as well as some Thai kicking pads and a round timer, so we're all equipped and ready to go.

I'm aiming for December for my premier amateur M.M.A. bout. Wish me luck and feel free to pass on advice. I'm gonna tear a hole into this guy. :thumb02:

Some relevant links
Tiger Muay Thai, Phuket, Thailand:
Revolution Chilliwack, Chilliwack, Canada:
Valley Fight, Chilliwack, Canada:

Undefeated 07-23-2008 09:04 AM

I like your log, good luck.

illmatic 08-05-2008 01:44 AM

Been home for a week, just settling back in and getting back on my feet to get my goals in gear. Me and my training partner have had 3 1 hour sessions practicing standup on the thai pads and his shield and we've had a blast.

Tomorrow I sign up for the M.M.A. Gym and do my first class. It's an M.M.A. class tomorrow. Ready to rock.

illmatic 08-08-2008 02:30 PM

Well my start got postponed due to some illness and then a wedding. Not a good way to kick it off but it's going now regardless.

Yesterday was my first class. Beforehand 2 of my friends wanted to hit pads for awhile so I met up with them and we practiced our muay thai on eachother for at least an hour. Afterwards I got something to eat then headed to class.

Class was pretty easy, and I daresay our trainer isn't very thorough. I sat down and start stretching before class, but the trainer didn't take us through any warm up. Instead we started with learning a bit of clinch work, wrestling for the clinch, a few moves from the clinch, etc. Then we did a pretty thorough circuit training that I managed without too much trouble. After that he essentially said, we can do whatever we want - shadowbox, hit the bag, pads, etc. as long as we were doing something. I alternated between hitting the bag since I haven't been on a bag in awhile, and shadowboxing while using a line on the mats to practice moving forwards, backwards, and sideways in a straight line while throwing combos. That's the class.

During class the trainer took an interest in me and asked me how long I'd been training for. We talked a bit about Thailand and he mentioned that there's a Muay Thai event coming up in two months. He seemed like a pretty nice guy.

illmatic 08-09-2008 01:18 AM

Double class today

First was boxing/muay thai. Skipping, shadowboxing, a ton of heavy bag rounds, one round hitting mitts, 1 hour and we're done.

Then was MMA. Today was called 'rear naked day' we learned everything to do with the rear naked choke and practiced it extensively. After that we rolled for half an hour alternating between partners. I used my strength to help even out my inexperience, but when paired with someone similar to me I was pretty helpless. I got submitted maybe 4 times and managed to submit twice with a triangle and an arm bar. Another 1.5 hours and I'm done for the day.

I got scratched up on my lips while rolling which is kind of annoying but something I'll be getting used to now. Definitely going to roll with a mouthguard and probably a cup by next class. The trainer was a different one today, I know him from when I took a few classes a year ago and he remembers me as a hard hitter :D. He's much more thorough and exhausting to train under than the previous guy. I have to work during class tomorrow so it's a rest day unless my friend wants to do some pad drills. I'm ******* sore already and I know the morning after is going to be uncomfortable.

illmatic 08-11-2008 10:40 PM

Man was I sore for two days. Luckily they were the rest days. This week started today with my first Jiu-Jitsu class. I bought my Gi and started to feel pretty ninja like by this time despite my completely blank white belt. Did a quick stretch, warm up run, and some quick neck/ab conditioning. Then one of the teachers took us aside to talk to us about JJ and the workings of the class. Then we did some practice getting out of full mount, and learned a scissor choke using the Gi. The one hou class went by very quickly. There is an advanced class following right after but I need to do beginners for around 2 months before I can step up. I'll shutup, listen, and try to do it sooner than that.

illmatic 08-12-2008 02:17 AM

Here's the diet I've put together. I've been moving things around and giving myself more options. I'm trying to have something I can enjoy and vary while still keeping my intake consistent.

6:30 am Wake Up

illmatic's super protein shake
7:15 am Beginning Work
muesli + a few fruits (varies) + cottage cheese
10:30 am Lunch Break
steak OR chicken breast OR salmon fillet
roast potatoes OR rice OR farkey noodles
steamed vegetables OR greek salad
4:00 pm Finish Work/Pre Workout
2x tuna OR turkey sandwiches on whole grains
7-8:30 pm (Varies alot) Post Workout/Dinner
illmatic's super protein shake
A completely random dinner, my only true freedom through the day. Can't be overly bad like a bag of Doritos, but the Chicken Caesar sub from Quiznos I had today, for example, is fine.
10:30 pm Before Bed
illmatic's super protein shake

There's of course random small things in a day like a cup of coffee or a gatorade or a couple oreos. But the core revolves around all this.

About 6 litres of water throughout a day.

illmatic's Super Protein Shake
2/3 to a litre 2% milk
1 raw egg
1 cup microwaved oatmeal
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Calories 6000ish
Carbs 550
Protein 450
Fat 200

illmatic 08-15-2008 12:39 AM

My sleepings been ****ed up lately because of working in the morning and then somehow not being able to sleep at night. This led me to being too tired and miserable so I bitched out on a BJJ class. I also missed an MMA class because my tire popped on the way there and by the time I had a (flat) spare on I was in a shitty mood and too late for class. Oh well.

Today was Kickboxing. Man this trainer doesn't do much with us at all. Half the class hit bags while the other half shadowboxed and then we switched and so on. After that we practiced jabbing with a partner while parrying and dodging. Then he said just do whatever for the rest of the class. Took my partner and we practiced hitting pads and very light boxing sparring. Class over double class with a more active trainer tomorrow.

illmatic 08-16-2008 12:15 AM

Missed first class because it was the only time I could get new tires. Did do the 1.5 hour MMA class though. Warmed up with a bit of gymnastics that I was not comfortable with at all. Learned and practiced a few submissions from guard. Then rolled for half an hour. I did alright, there was only one guy in there who dominated me and he had been training quite awhile, other than that I didn't get submitted from the other two guys.

Sticking to my diet pretty well these past few days. I'm tending to miss a few things until my metabolism gets back into overdrive and I'm fuel hungry. I slept a full night last night, and am avoiding going out tonight to try to hold a pattern.

swpthleg 08-17-2008 03:57 PM

How long are your jump rope and pad work intervals, respectively?
I guess i'm wondering about the specifics of your conditioning classes.

Also, have you had to cut out alcohol, or cut it way back?

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