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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Training when you do not have an instructor or school.

Basically , what the title says.

I know some people consider this impossible but, i'm not with a school ATM so i was just wondering.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 09:35 PM
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training for what?? legit fights?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2011, 11:53 AM
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Just hit some p90x at home...or just do some regular exercises like crunches, pushups, pullups...etc...and hit your local rec center to lift some weights and use their machines...idk where you live but out here it's only like $5 to use the gym all day
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2011, 08:23 PM
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It is possible to train at home. Just know that you'll be learning at a much slower rate than a formal student would be learning at, and in the long term, you'll not be able to reach the same standard as them. And it's very possible you could end up with flaws in your fundamentals.

Your best bet for training without formal teaching is to watch as many instructional videos as possible. Buy some bare basics (grappling gloves, boxing gloves, heavy bag, focus mitts/thai pads), used if you're light on cash. Get an interested friend to explore grappling with, and to hit focus mitts/thai pads with. Make a training log here (and/or on other places on the internet) and post some video of your training to it, and hope that some people will give you some constructive criticism. And then get into a gym/school as soon as you can.

If you're looking for help with strength training, that's definitely something that can be learned without mentoring, although it helps. Just do your research, experiment, and be safe.
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You can do strength and condition training on your own. It would be better to do it with a trainer, but at a non competing level it doesn't matter that much if that kind of training is not 100% efficient.

Concerning technical martial arts training I would rather strongly disadvice to train on your own if you don't already have a very firm basis and routine due to formal training. Without proper knowlegde you won't perceive the little (or big) flaws you're adopting while training without a trainer. DVD instructions can't give you any feedback when you're doing something wrong (which you will do very likely) and they cannot cover every subtle detail in their explanations. And there is a saying that you need 1000 repetions to learn a technique, but 10000 repetions to correct a technique you learned wrong. And there is something true about it. I've seen too many people who couldn't get rid of bad habbits in their technique even after years of training. That's because your mind will always stick to what it already knows, in particular under pressure (which is when your fighting).

So if you want to properly learn to fight I strongly advice to look for formal instruction.
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