While many people are interested in mixed martial arts, not all of them know how to channel that interest. MMA is thrilling also quite intimidating for newcomers. The sport is also among the fastest-growing, meaning it can be challenging discerning which gyms are best for training and which are only in it for money. Presented below are several tips for potential MMA students.
Do the Research.
MMA hopefuls should look around their area to investigate the local gyms. After finding a few viable candidates, the person should visit whichever ones seem the most promising, often the ones that offer a free or discounted trial run. After trying out each of the viable gyms, the person should choose whichever gym best resonates with his personality.
Be Ready to Work.
While beginners do not need to be in fighting shape, MMA gyms need their participants to be at least moderately fit. Because warm-up routines can be more challenging than most non-martial art workout routines, a basic level of strength and physical conditioning will do a world of good.
While it is understandable for beginners to want to push beyond the basics, mastery involves a considerable investment of time and effort that only takes longer if the student frequently overexerts himself and winds up sick or injured while training.
Beginners should start with a once- or twice-weekly routine, complemented by cross-training exercises on the other days and one day dedicated to rest. Routines should intensify as the student becomes noticeably more acclimated to training.
Spar When You Can.
While it does a student no good to immediately jump from training to full-contact sparring matches, holding off on sparring can be just as bad. Sparring allows students to put their techniques into practice and is fundamental with advancing within MMA. Rather than going full force, students should start off by sparring with grapples and technical work. There is nothing wrong with consulting a coach for advice.
Never Give Up.
While everyone has days where even the warmups cause people to consider tapping out, students should bear in mind that everyone has those days. It can also be quite daunting to put the formula of different styles’ maneuvers into practice effectively. Remember, that losses teach far more than wins do. Anyone coping with frustration should remember that they are always improving.