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    Mma training: What is better for a beginner?

    Hi, i did karate shotokan for 2 years and i have just started doing mma.
    In my gym there are lessons of mma (generic), boxing, muay thai, grappling and brazilian jiu jitsu with gi.
    What should i do to become good in mma? Should i do a little of everything every week or start with two of them and later (when i am quite good) add the others? When kids with no experience start doing mma, what do they learn first?

    I thought i could do (every week):

    Mma (generic) 2 hours + muay thai 1 hour and a half + BJJ gi 2 hours + grappling 2 hours + boxing 1 hour and a half

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    Mma (generic) 2 hours + muay thai 3 hours every week + BJJ gi 4 hours every week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuorl0 View Post
    What should i do to become good in mma? Should i do a little of everything every week or start with two of them and later (when i am quite good) add the others?
    Find a gym that specializes in training MMA fighters at the desired level, and get away from a gym that dabbles UNLESS the MMA instructors have proven records. It's really that simple if you are sincere and don't want to waste time & money.


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    You can not intellectualize your way to being a competent fighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuorl0 View Post
    What should i do to become good in mma?
    First, you need to define "good in MMA." Not for us, for yourself. This will give you goals to strive for.

    Once you do that, let us know, and give your general location. We can help with finding a gym and/or a program that will help you reach those goals.

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    Pick one class and stick to just that for at least six months to get a solid foundation in something.

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    What are your long term goals? Just trying to learn some new MA? Get in shape? Actually fight MMA?

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    Hey guys thank you for your advices ;)
    I am from Italy and I have just started training MMA in a good gym (it's the best i could find near my house). I wanna fight in mma (when i am good) and i like striking more than grappling. I think you should know that when you train MMA, there are different classes (generally brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai, boxing etc...).
    My question is: which ones should i do?
    I think the mma (generic) classes are mandatory if i want to learn mma, but those are only 2 hours each week and i wouldn't learn much from them: what else should i add? Only muay thai for 6 months and then add the others? Only muay thai and BJJ? Everything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost55 View Post
    Pick one class and stick to just that for at least six months to get a solid foundation in something.
    This is the advice I recommend. I run a MMA gym and I tell most of the members to take this route despite the fact I do run a beginners MMA program based on Sport Combat SAMBO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    This is the advice I recommend. I run a MMA gym and I tell most of the members to take this route despite the fact I do run a beginners MMA program based on Sport Combat SAMBO.
    I am a big proponent of the idea of being a master of one and a jack of all arts.

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    I'm currently in the process of transitioning to a more "MMA model" of training at SBG. Before this I trained for years at a Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu club. Here's a few notes:

    - MMA is not as simple as knowing a striking and grappling art. It's an integrated method, not a mish-mash.
    - Like others here, I'd advocate getting to a point where you are decent in all areas/ranges but specialise in one. The only exception to this is if you want to become an all rounder who specialises in chaining everything together seamlessly- like a Demetrious Johnson. Either way the key is specialising.
    - If you want to be more of a grappler, make sure to work your wrestling. If you want to be more of a striker, make sure to work your wrestling. It's an important part of the glue that holds a mixed skill set together- it allows you to safely dictate/maintain where the fight takes place.
    - Gi training is not necessary but is useful for MMA. It can help with grip strength, adds traction to make you tightly work your escapes and body mechanics and opens windows in terms of training with a wider variety of grapplers and styles.
    Last edited by Aka-Tora; 12/09/2016 8:12am at .

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    The #1 thing in fighting is mobility and fitness, bar none. I would spend 80% of time focused on mobility and fitness and if you are creative enough you can simply combine the two functionally. Spend 18% drilling good technique, focus on the 2% of things that work 95% of the time and don't worry about "learning" more than 6-9 techniques. The last 2% could be spent sparring I guess, although I don't train people like that but to each their own.

    Remember that balance is a key both in defense and offense so always move with it in mind.

    *All of the %s were used for effect.

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