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Old 03-09-2007, 07:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting to Become A Successful MMA Fighter

Starting to Become A Successful MMA Fighter

Mental Side Of MMA

A very basic thing on becoming a good MMA fighter is this line…(Failing to prepare is preparing to fail) which you should always remember when training to become a MMA fighter. All MMA fighters should research great fighters of any sort whether it be Helio Gracie, Masahiko Kimura or Bruce Lee for a very good reason for the mind in MMA fighting for quotes and concepts from any thing to do with what your trying to do whether it be a karate quote, you don’t have to do karate although it has conditioning for the mental side off MMA, some traditional concepts that a MMA are

Three Spirits

never give up(doesn’t include tapping out of a submission)
good fighting spirit
winning spirit

Four Sicknesses
Fear
Surprise
Doubt
Confusion

Position - Stance
Balance - Control of position
Coordination - Control of balance and position in technique
Form - Performing the above correctly
Speed - Increase the rate of performance without loss of form
Power - Strengthening the techinique
Reflex - The technique becomes a natural movement
Conclusion - It is essential that the progression is not rushed, but developed at each stage.

Kumite Priorities
first, eyes (awareness)
second, footwork (ability and foundation)
third, spirit (willingness to fight)
fourth, strength (fitness of the body)


It is essential to have mental fitness for MMA as it has been said by many people half the result is how they feel about the bout if they are scared or unsettled it will affect them so try to gain these things in order to become a successful MMA fighter.

Training And Picking Fighting Methods

Now on to the fighting for MMA it is best to have knowledge of more than one fighting style after all its call mixed martial arts so look at the different aspects of the fighting styles and decide what you want and what is best for your MMA so heres some effective fighting styles for the different situations of MMA(let me know if I missed some)

*Highly Recommended

Stand Up

Kickboxing*
Muay Thai*
Karate
Kung Fu
Taekwondo(not recommended unless it is a really good instructor and not a Mcdojo as many Taekwondo dojo’s are…a Mcdojo is pretty much a black belt farm)
Boxing(Kickboxing or Muay Thai is better in MMA uses more than just the fists but can be good at times)

Grappling

Judo*
Sambo
Jujutsu
Wrestling*

Ground

Brazilian Jiu jitsu*
Wrestling*
Judo
Jujutsu

It is best to have knowledge of atleast 1 of each category eg. Stand Up(Kickboxing) Grappling(Judo) and Ground(Judo)


As said above this is my main MMA focuses so Grappling is my strong point so it is good to focus your training on one category ie. Royce Gracie(Ground) Karo Parisyan(Grappling) so I base most of what I try to do with grappling and least on the ground but you need to learn all for all situations(but I use things from Karate and Muay Thai and BJJ but with limited knowledge). Decide what your strong point is and try not to get into a battle with say in my case a BJJ focused fighter but if it came down to it remember some of the concepts don’t give up trying.

The dangers of fist strikes

Knuckle and finger damage
The human hand is made up of many small bones which may be damaged by heavy impact. If a hard part of the opponent's body or other hard object is inadvertently struck, the metacarpals may splay on impact and break. Boxers tape their hands so as to hold the metacarpals together and keep them from splaying. One can toughen one's bones by striking objects to induce osteoclasts (cells which form bone) to grow bone over the struck area increasing the density of bone at the striking surface (reference needed, see search pubmed at Entrez PubMed.

Wrist damage
The wrist must be kept in proper alignment during a fist strike. If the wrist bends on impact, it can easily be sprained, dislocated or broken. Boxers tape their wrists to reduce wrist flex. There are 8 bones that make up the wrist.


After you have decided what to use as your base for MMA make a schedule for essential parts of a fighters training, things that need to be covered are

Fitness(runs, exercise bikes and such)
Strength Training(weights and such)
Reflex Training(droping something and reacting fast)
Stretching(a very important part of a fighters training it shouldn’t be used just before and after training and so on but a certain time to try and increase flexability)
Fighting Technique(try to get pro instructors for this)
Punching Strength and Speed(punch with weights etc.)
Endurance(use light weights and do fast reps)
Kicking Strength and Speed(don’t use weights to strengthen your kicks as it may damage parts of your legs instead look for light weight bands to strap around your feet/legs)
Will to keepgoing(When running or doing push ups not always weights but keep going and don’t stop as soon as you get tired)
Sparring(The only way to get used to fighting is sparring(apart from fighting) and sparring is the only way to think about what to do in situations and reacting because your opponent wont stop for you)

If I missed anything or you want to mention something yourself be free to do so any comment or questions regarding this feel free to message me.

If you think it’s a good read and need some more advice just ask me.

As I said before research famous martial artists and such, I used some of this information from my research about them.
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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