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Old 10-08-2007, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's up, I just joined because I took a sudden interest in MMA and stuff like UFC a few months ago.

Recently I've made the decision that I wanted to do some MMA fighting, so I told my dad, who somehow knows like every single business in my area (New Orleans). He told me that if I wanted to fight, then I should start with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Now, I watch the fights and stuff for entertainment, but I don't know about the fighting styles and such that the fighters use. So, my question is, is BJJ a good place to start? Another thing I would like to know is if I go to a place (BJJ place), I would like reassurance that it won't be like my years in Tae Kwon Do. I want some serious stuff, and I'm willing to put forth hours out of my days for it.

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Old 10-08-2007, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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BJJ is a good place to start, I personally have had very few lessons in it but what I have had, I have really enjoyed. After BJJ you should look into a great Muay Thai school. Those are the two styles that IMO you should have for MMA.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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BJJ and thai kickboxing is a solid base for MMA, start with that.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends, How do you want to fight. I am mainly a Judoka so to use my Judo successfully i need to strike my way into the clinch with as limited damage as possible, Then when i throw them what do i do? This guy could be a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert and my Judo Newaza won't be enough.

It's Mixed Martial Arts and people say BJJ/Muay Thai but you need experience in everything. It's good to focus on something but you must be well rounded and versed and know what to expect. You jave to train MMA not BJJ/Muay Thai or you will find you selfd with a lot of holes in your MMA game.

Karo Parisyan is a Judoka like me but he has also Wrestling, BJJ, Boxing and Kickboxing skills but his Judo is his main skill.

Fedor Emelianenko, People say you must have BJJ/Muay Thai but Fedor has Sambo, Judo and Boxing as his main styles plus he has a bit of Wrestling, BJJ and Muay Thai to that and he is extremely well rounded and he is almost undefeated. He doesn't have that much BJJor Muay Thai either so that proves the people say that BJJ/Muay Thai are the best things to have...It's what suits you, The style won't win you fights...You must do that and do it in the strongest possible way.

BJJ is great, I suggest you start/focus with that(Even just for now if you think you would do better at something else) and Muay Thai is great to but be aware that there is more to it then BJJ/Muay Thai.

But also, Do you think you are a striker, stand up grappler, ground fighter, brawler or what ever. Choose what you think suits you and what you like.

There is alot more to MMA then just training in styles,

Strength Training
Speed Training
Endurance Training
Mind Training
Cardio
Conditioning
Sparring
Technique Practice
Flexibility
And the list goes on...

Try BJJ and if you like it go for it, It's a great style.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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judo is a great place to start imo. it is similar but more scientific than jiu-jitsu. (in the sense of using physics- and def. not saying one is better than the other- i use both)
if you want to do mma then takedowns will be an integral part of the game. the easiest way to put it is this:

you need a grappling martial art and a striking martial art. Those are the two realms you will typically fight in as an MMA fighter. other martial arts will simply give you that slight edge.
so just pick an whether you want to start with grappling or striking and then narrow it down from there.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Bjj is great to learn. Alot of useful knowledge. But if you want to learn MMA strictly I would try to find a place teaching straight MMA. I love the individual classes of fight training but when they are mixed together I like it better. With BJJ you dont hit the person, In MMA when your in a BJJ situation you can strike the person all you please. So I like to learn the striking on the ground while learning the BJJ. Muay thai is a good class in itself because that is one hell of a workout and will get anyone in shape that sticks with it, Extremly good shape. If you have the right teacher he will put you through hell but it is worth it.
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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MMA started with BJJ. If you are looking to get into the sport then BJJ is definitely a great way to start. Still, you may want to take up some Muay Thai or kickboxing to work on your standup too.
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