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Old 06-27-2007, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Wanting to train for MMA

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?

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Old 06-27-2007, 05:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get in line behind the rest. Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, Judo, Wrestling, you name it it'll help. If their is only one practice available take it, atleast you'll be one step closer to your goal.
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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?

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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.

advice:
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.
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Boxing/BJJ is a good combination but if you specialize in BJJ io suggest you also get some experience in Judo or Wrestling to get them to the ground and if you want to specialize in Boxing i suggest you change that thought to Muay Thai.
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Do BJJ, Wrestling and Muay Thai if you want the best results..its what i do!
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Mauy Thai, BJJ and wrestling are the best things you could possibly do for mma. IMO

You can also do sambo,judo or kick boxing.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah I'm new to this as well, and I have to agree with xeberus, family classes for just about anything will get your screwed. As my old track coach used to say, "you get out of it what you put into it." Now I hated that guy more than anybody, but he was smart at least for a stupid baldie.

Anyway, to make a long story short, find a decent gym, converse with some of the teachers/coaches/masters and find out if they know what they are talking about. The more expensive they are, and if they have their own location and they aren't at your local school gym, then you should be in good shape.
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