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Old 10-24-2007, 11:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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if you cant do the pushups now, you will after you get enrolled in a gym somewhere.

it sounds like you need some in person guidance... (not to sound condescending)

TKD is definitely not for MMA. its a little to impractical and flashy. boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, BJJ and Judo are some of the nest places to start. its cheaper to start at a place that teaches just one style. most mma gyms are expensive. around here membership runs from $90-150 a month.
whereas i could join a local judo camp for about $45 a month. plus with a school that has only one curriculum, youre more likely to get a very thorough education in that discipline.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Alright, I'm definitely listening to what everybody's been saying, some great advice.

Here's something else I need help with, my stance. I don't know what the proper stance is for MMA, I'm right handed and supposedly I should stand with my left arm out and right arm in, so that I can jab with my left arm and throw stronger punches with my right, but I feel more comfortable throwing jabs with the right and throwing the left handed punch. But I'll try whatever's the best way, which one is it?

My hooks look good from my inside hand, but when I'm just doing a "straight punch" with the right hand, it's crap.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If you're right handed but still feel more comfortable standing in the southpaw position (with your right foot forward) and find it easy throwing punches with your left and from that position, I would definitely not recommend that you try to change that thing.
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k, I'll stick to the Southpaw then. Is it normal for some right handers to stand Southpaw?
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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k, I'll stick to the Southpaw then. Is it normal for some right handers to stand Southpaw?
No it's not normal, and that's the good thing about it. It will make the front hand more dangerous than expected by the opponent since it's your stronger hand.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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its a good idea to be open to both stances. fighters that can change stances have the advantage of changing the rhythm of the fight at their discretion. One of my gym pals is ambidextrous and he will switch stance when we're sparring. it totally throws me. i guess its good for me though. I'd rather deal with it in the gym than in a fight.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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There's no reason why you can't find a cheap MMA class near you, most of the martial arts/boxing classes near me all share the same space with different groups using it at different times.
Where I box there is an MMA class on at the same time, with kids as young as 12 going and enjoying themselves, remember the sooner you start the more experience you'll gain!

Don't worry if it's not an MMA gym just as long as you enjoy the class and it's reasonably priced that's all that matters for now.

If you want to start with one style I suggest boxing, I know I'm biased towards it but it has the advantage over many martial arts styles such as karate and tae kwon (before anyone says I've tried both) do in that you'll actually learn to fight in real situations e.g. in streetfights etc.

Many martial arts don't cover proper sparring so will do you no good in all honesty.

Also the workout will get you in brilliant shape trust me it's one of the best cardio workouts going.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:43 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm really hoping I can get a lot of stuff done this weekend, training and research.

During break at school today, I had a little just for fun match with my friend, Holden, on the wrestling team. He isn't that big, but I did win, so that was cool. Punches to the ribs were really hurting me, but I was able to get his arm locked and for some reason he gave his back and I locked in a Rear Naked Choke.

Problem is, I couldn't throw a decent punch in that match for the life of me. I have a half decent kick from the left leg, you know a good way I can learn to throw a proper punch, or for better word choice, effective?

I really need to work hard and get in better shape, a 60-70% punch to the ribs from that kid shouldn't shake me so bad.
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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www.lockflow.com
this site offers some neat walkthroughs for strikes and grappling moves. i check it every once in a while and there's usually a new move or an old move used in a new way. sounds like you might enjoy it.
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Karate is so good for mma you just need to know how to use it..lok at GSP.Bas,Machida....and join your high school wrestling team....take BJJ
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