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Old 01-13-2007, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey, im 16 and iam starting to seriously consider competing in mixed martial arts in the future. As of now i have kickboxing once a week for and hour and a half, and BJJ once a week for an hour and a half and i work out at the gym 3 times a week. Should i be doing more right now, and if so, what else? also i started kickboxing and BJJ only a month ago. thanks

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Old 01-13-2007, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd say that's a pretty good regiment for a 16 year old. You have to start somewhere. Obviously, the more you practice, the better you're going to become. If you really want to be good in either BJJ or kickboxing, you'll need to do them more than once a week. That said, at your age, I'd say those combined with lifting weights 3 times a week is definitely a good start.

My advice would be to sit down with your instructors or someone with serious fitness experience, and make sure your plan is synched to optimize your training. You want to make sure you're doing the right kind of exercises at the gym and getting enough training in the other arts.
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Old 01-13-2007, 11:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like pegcityone said, for right now it seems good. If you want to compete you'll have to take kickboxing and BJJ more than 1 time a week. Also, make sure you're not taking cardio kickboxing. You'd be surprised at how many people think that the cardio kickboxing is the same thing as the sport kickboxing.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks a lot, and im almost psoitive its not cardio kickboxing because two or three of the students do compete in MMA. Also once i begin taking more classes a week should i do an equal amount of BJJ and Kickboxing or focus on one of the two and take more of classes of that one?
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That's really up to you. Do you want to stand and trade shots, or take your fights to the ground and submit opponents? Or...would you rather have a balance of both? There's advantages and disadvantages to all three.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hey, im 16 and iam starting to seriously consider competing in mixed martial arts in the future. As of now i have kickboxing once a week for and hour and a half, and BJJ once a week for an hour and a half and i work out at the gym 3 times a week. Should i be doing more right now, and if so, what else? also i started kickboxing and BJJ only a month ago. thanks
this is not enough, you need at the least of 3 times a week to be able to compete in judo or bjj.
i go 9 hours a week for judo/bjj when i am not competing, with 15 miles of road work. but when a comp is coming i step it up to 12-13 hours mat time, and that is very hard as a father with a full time job...
you have alot more free time than i do, i think you will need more time on the mat. if you want to do well in the sport
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would say you have a great start for 16! Dont overtrain yourself to the point of getting burned out(easily done at a young age). And make sure you learn good nutrition now and not later =) Dont go out and take gym advice go get a few books(arnolds encyclopedia of bodybuilding is great and has ALOT of nutrition information).

GET A PERSONALL TRAINER EVEN IF IT IS ONLY FOR A MONTH! I dont mean a generic Golds Gym trainer, find someone who does strength and conditioning for athletes. The biggest misconception about weight / strength training is a.) I have been here for two hours! I am getting huge = NOT working. The hardest workout of my life for quads was 10 minutes long. B.) Most people think they are training hard until they get with a good trainer, constantly pushing beyond what you could do yourself. ( Drop sets, negatives, 10x10 , etc etc) Good luck !
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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this is not enough, you need at the least of 3 times a week to be able to compete in judo or bjj.
i go 9 hours a week for judo/bjj when i am not competing, with 15 miles of road work. but when a comp is coming i step it up to 12-13 hours mat time, and that is very hard as a father with a full time job...
you have alot more free time than i do, i think you will need more time on the mat. if you want to do well in the sport
yeah that's what i was going to say. it's not enough. i train mon-sat 3 hours a day of kickboxing and sundays i work out 1h 30min. i've been doing this for a year and i'm looking into starting an amateur career. i'm 17 btw.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah that's what i was going to say. it's not enough. i train mon-sat 3 hours a day of kickboxing and sundays i work out 1h 30min. i've been doing this for a year and i'm looking into starting an amateur career. i'm 17 btw.
good job, when you work out, work hard, you train like how you want to fight.
ie. nice slow perfect push ups are great and looks real nice, but in a fight you would want to have explosive moves.
lifting weights is ok, but the super slow form is getting you stronger at the same thime it is teaching you muscles to move slower.

EXPLOSIVE IS THE KEY!!!!!!

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You do kick boxing once a week and bjj once a week? If you do mma you're going to get slaughterd, i do bjj 3 times a week and im going to do muay thai 3-4 times a week. Instead of going to the gym do kicking boxing and bjj more.

Youve been only doing it for 1 month? Well, lets say this, if you do compete, you will get one punched koed every match, and im willing to bet on that.

Think about the other competetors that do it atleast 4 times a week since they were 13.

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yo i said i plan on competing in the FUTURE, as in like around when im 24 (im 16 now). Obviously im not going to fight with one month's training. Bare in mind i do have school and work so i cant dedicate my life to MMA yet. However you do have a valid point, some people have been going 4 times a week since they were 13, so i should make an effort to go to kickboxing twice a week instead of just once, and maybe BJJ twice too if i can.
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