Originally Posted by Band
I have no experience in wrestling, boxing, or martial arts but I'd like to get into MMA. I was thinking about joining a gym where I can learn jiu-jitsu and boxing. Is that a good idea or is there something better I should be learning?
do not, and i repeat do not go to one of those "family" karate schools they blow and are a huge waste of time. when i was 11 i joined one when i was 14 and a brown belt i got my ass kicked by a guy who knocked me down, i got beat bad. to be honest (i never told anyone else in real life this) i found the same guy outside a movie theater some weeks later after i hit the karate hard. we stood the whole time he kicked my ass again, i had nothing. i wasnt in shape then, it was at that point i realized a person moderately verses in martial arts (even in a one-dimensional way) out of shape will generally lose to someone who knows to throw a punch whos in shape.
1. get in shape
2. while exercising i advise learning some ground game, take downs, ground and pound.
3. learn to strike, stances, foot work, hand positioning and how to strike and defend.
4. your choice where you want to go from here.