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Old 05-01-2008, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i want to take up MMA and have done alot of bodybuilding and gymnastics until now,could anyone please advise me on how to start off with the training and what techniques are taught first,how often should i train?can i carry on with the bodybuilding as before?

I would love any info whatever it is.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First, find yourself a good quality MMA gym. If there aren't any in your area: look for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school, a kickboxing school, and/or judo/wrestling school (now we're playing mix-and-match). A solid MMA gym will include something for each of the basic three fighting necessities (stand-up, takedowns, and grappling).

How often you train is up to you. I train 5 days per week, and take the weekends off to make sure I have family time. Your bodybuilding should come second (depending on how serious you are about MMA) since the two don't always work together. The strength you're accustomed to from lifting, will quickly wear out when your grappling, but it'll come in handy when you're wrestling. Big bulky muscles also tend to slow down your speed for striking as well. I'd recommend training only MMA for a few weeks and take some time off from lifting (to let your body acclimate to the rigors of training MMA) then slowly add back in the lifting. However, instead of going for bulk like bodybuilding, you'll want to start gearing your workouts towards functional strength (check out http://www.rosstraining.com to see what I mean).
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanx alot for your advice,it's appreciated.
I tend to gain muscle mass very quick lifting weights and have felt it's slowed me down in sprinting as well.
Sadly i have no family so i can devote as much time as i want to training,here in the UK most spend their times at the pubs ,i prefer fitness clubs.
There is a club here called gloveson300,run but a pro MMA fighter,will try that out,they also have a small gym next to the ring.How long would it take to compete ?if i get on that is.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I dunno, that's more a question for your coach.
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Personally I would train atleast 6 months before taking your first fight. Preferably, wait until you have trained atleast a year. If you train 5 days per week, then maybe 6 months is OK. If you go to a good MMA school they will let you know when they think you are ready for a fight and pick the proper calibur opponent for you. Either way good luck!!

PS - Some will tell you 40 is past your prime. Don't listen. If you enjoy it . . . do it. I'm 36 myself and still love to train and compete!
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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cheers,i can imagine it could be a year or two till that would happen.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanx,i still workout just as i did when i was 20,but i need longer to recover.
You are only as young as you feel,right?

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