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Okay so I am 22 years old and I have been weight training for the past 5 years of my life, I use to street fight a lot as a teenager but I put those years behind me. I did a few years in a Escrima class as a kid but they closed down and since then I have studied no martial arts. In high school I was on the wrestling team and did fairly well for myself and also took up boxing as a past time. So here I am 4-5 years later and for some reason I have a huge desire to take up MMA. Now I have no grand illusion of becoming the next UFC star, but I am looking to get into the sport and actually fight people be it just sparring at a local gym or doing casino events. I also hope to condition myself and get a healthy body out of doing MMA, I don't want to look like Brock Lesnar, but I won't be disappointed if I end up looking like Bas.

So my main question is where should I start? I have no idea where to start my journey on this path that I am determined to follow. As I have said I do know a thing or two about boxing but I never fought so I know I would need to improve my boxing skills. I was also looking around and the only martial arts class around here that I could take that would have anything to do with MMA would be a class that teaches Jujitsu. Would it be bad to start off by learning Jujitsu and then transferring later on to Brazilian Jujitsu? Which seems to be the must have in MMA.

Also a second question would have to be, what can I start doing now to condition myself for MMA? I know people say you must build up your abs, but what else could I do? Feel free to post a entire workout if you wish from start to finish. The weight lifting I do is minor, mostly for just keeping my weight in check, I don't really push myself or try to build muscle but I feel that as a MMA fighter that is something I will really want to do.

Basically I need to start from ground one. I need to find a good workout that will condtion myself and help build the muscles I will need for MMA. I also need to know what martial arts I should train in to help myself when it comes to fighting. So far I have decided that I will start in Jujitsu and work on furthering my Boxing, then transfer from Jujitsu to Brazilian Jujitsu and take up Muay Thai along with Boxing.

Any tips, articles, suggestions, websites, old posts, workout routines, videos will prove helpful. Hell if you even know of a book that will help start me in the right direction I am more then willing to read that too.
 

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My 2 cents... You have been in a gym environment before so you should have an idea on what to look for. Google, phone book, whatever, to find a couple MMA gyms in your area. Take a few trial classes. Pick one, and go.

Some people think you need to start with a specific discipline. It makes training easier since you have a point of reference towards training but this is not necessary.

A legitimate gym will:
- be clean
- train fighters who actually fight
- participate in local fight events
- have physical contact such as rolling, light, heavy, and moderate sparring.
- Also, you don't need to be a fighter to train and learn

Don't analyze it too much. Sign up, go, and let us know what you think.
 

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My 2 cents... You have been in a gym environment before so you should have an idea on what to look for. Google, phone book, whatever, to find a couple MMA gyms in your area. Take a few trial classes. Pick one, and go.

Some people think you need to start with a specific discipline. It makes training easier since you have a point of reference towards training but this is not necessary.

A legitimate gym will:
- be clean
- train fighters who actually fight
- participate in local fight events
- have physical contact such as rolling, light, heavy, and moderate sparring.
- Also, you don't need to be a fighter to train and learn

Don't analyze it too much. Sign up, go, and let us know what you think.
My only problem with that is the nearest MMA gym is in a town 30 minutes away. Sadly my vehicle isn't the most reliable so that is why I was dabbling with the idea of training jujitsu at a local gym here along with boxing. Then when I get a better car, or fix mine up, I could look at going to the MMA and starting there with some experience under my belt.

I sincerely thank you for the advice, sadly my town has no MMA gym :dunno:
 
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