5 Top Tips for MMA Beginners
In recent years, MMA has skyrocketed in popularity and is now a worldwide recognised sport. The sport is exciting and boasts a range of adrenaline-packed fights, superior athletics, and inspiring martial arts traditions. It isn’t surprising that more and more people are wanting to join in on the trend.
If you want to become an effective MMA athlete, then you need to develop an understanding of multiple martial arts disciplines and the ability to apply those disciplines against other MMA athletes during training, sparring, and competition. It can take time, patience, and dedication to be anywhere near the level of the athletes that you see competing on TV, but starting in MMA can be an extremely rewarding journey that will make you a healthier, happier, and stronger version of yourself. Whether you are looking to get into MMA for an exciting workout, or if you are wanting to go professional, the tips below will help athletes of any level and with any objective.
1. Don’t expect results straight away
Becoming an elite-level MMA athlete takes years of practice and requires a complete understanding of different MMA disciplines. Many MMA coaches recommend emphasising a discipline individually to provide complete dedication to each skill, while also minimising the chances of burnout or injury.
2. Well rounded training
MMA is called mixed martial arts for a reason. It is crucial to your success that you have the ability to pull from multiple different MMA techniques and disciplines so that you can quickly move from striking on the feet to wrestling on the ground. It is recommended that you focus on an individual striking discipline like boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, or Taekwondo, and an individual ground discipline like Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, wrestling, or Judo. Once you have mastered the skills from each individual discipline, you should train further and bring it all together during sparring.
3. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Learning your limits and finding the correct training program and schedule for you will put you on the path towards success. Before you completely dedicate yourself to MMA, it is important to find a gym or training team that you feel comfortable with. Finding a coach that you work well with is crucial to finding out your strengths and weaknesses and will also allow you to understand your limits. It is important to find your own programme though, as what works for others may not work for you.
4. Take yours and others safety seriously
The dangers of MMA are not something that should be taken lightly. Professional athletes go through years of training and preparation, while also learning the proper safety precautions to take while fighting. The top-level fighters will know when to push forward and try to take advantage of their opponent, but more importantly, they know when to stop pushing. Recovery time is extremely important to any athlete, but especially those who are partaking in combat sports. Learning new skills in MMA, setting ample time for recovery, and wearing the proper equipment for safety can be crucial to avoiding injury.
5. Set the foundation for your training with exercise and dieting
Eating foods that are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and calories to give your body the energy that it needs is crucial to carrying out demanding and extensive training sessions. Supplement martial arts training with weight lifting only after seeking guidance from your coach. It is vitally important to find a balance with martial arts training and lifting as you want to avoid overextending your body. It is crucial to start slowly and know your limits.
How can Sports Involve help you?
If you are interested in starting your MMA career and are looking to find the right gym for you, Sports Involve can help you to find the perfect place to train using our online Club Directory, which is the UK’s largest directory of combats sports clubs, no matter the form of MMA you would like to master. If you have a combat sports club in the UK and would like to add your club to our directory, please register here.