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I moved this thread to the appropriate section.

Feel free to look around, since there's a lot of info on training in the sections.

Originally Posted by dghboybigboy View Post
Hi there, I'm new to the MMA scene, I remember hearing about it a few years ago and how people LOVED it in my high school. Now I'm leaning towards going into the scene. My original goal was to learn some MA, but after looking at a few places in my area, they offer A LOT of MMA and I think I want to try it and see how it goes. My current goal is to train for maybe a few years (2-3) and try out some amateur fighting. I'm currently 21, weight about 270lbs, 6'1", and have big broad shoulders. My question is is it a good idea to learn some form of Martial Arts before I start to train for MMA? Or just jump straight into MMA training while learning Martial arts. (I plan on learning Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, Aikedo, and JJ or BJJ). Or should I just hit the gym for a few months and get back into shape before learning anything? Good or bad feedback would be awesome. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Alright, I'm going to reiterate the sentiment that a lot of people have already thrown out there: start learning the skills as you get back in shape.

Apart from the fact that MMA requires a unique kind of conditioning that you're not going to get doing reps with weights, it's also important to really build the muscle memory up as soon as possible.

As far as arts that are applicable, since you had a list of stuff you wanted to train, there are some styles I usually suggest to people who tell me they want to get started, and there's a reason for each one.
  • Boxing - The one thing I regret about my own training is that I'm just starting to get my boxing to a point where I can utilize basic punches (jab and the left hook) effectively. While boxing itself doesn't win fights, effectively utilizing the jab and lead hook is the difference maker in a lot of MMA fights, and sometimes head movement can be devastating.
  • Muay Thai - The kicks and clinch work in Muay Thai are a staple in MMA, and knowing what the more advanced strikes look like is helpful, even if you go in looking to brawl. Knowing how to check leg kicks and how to get out of the clinch are really important, because every fighter (at some point in his career) is going to end up fighting a pure striker, and thai skills really help with that.
  • Greco-Roman Wrestling - This really is the system everyone forgets about. The clinch work can either get the fight to the ground or keep it standing, and being the guy who gets to choose where the fight goes once you're in the clinch is important, especially if you're looking at fighting in the cage.
  • Folkstyle Wrestling - All of the collegiate wrestlers do really well in MMA using their shots, and so being able to shoot and sprawl effectively is a big deal in MMA, especially in the states. If you can find an All-American to work with, that's a huge training benefit. They also tend to have really amazing conditioning drills.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - It kind of speaks for itself. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is everything in MMA once the fight hits the ground. You can try and pound your opponent out, but if they know their jiu-jitsu and your skills are iffy, then you're going to get submitted. That's just how it is. I've seen a guy almost TKO his opponent twice in the same fight, but he ended up getting omoplata'd because he couldn't control the groundwork.
Anyway, these are the basic styles in most effective MMA fighters' arsenals. Usually I suggest that people pick one of the two striking styles, one of the two wrestling styles and then BJJ (there really is no replacement for BJJ, except Sambo, but that's hard to find and a lot of the submissions still aren't as technical as the good BJJ instructors are going to get).

I realize that this list is pretty linear, but once you get the fundamentals in these styles, putting them together gets very natural.

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