A lot of people ask us how they can get started with MMA training. Some goals that they may have are to simply get into better shape, while others are looking to become an actual Professional MMA fighter and fight in the UFC. While MMA may not be rooted in any single discipline of fighting, the 4 general core principles of this physically demanding sport can be achieved almost anywhere. This article will discuss these areas and the training that is accessible throughout the country, whether you are looking to begin training in the art of MMA for competition, or are simply looking to sculpt your body in the likeness of an MMA fighter and fighting in the UFC.
1. Kicking and Punching (Muy Thai, Karate, Boxing)
This work is to quicken you hand and feet work and can be done with a heavy back o if you can train with a partner who can hold either the kicking bags or focus mitts. The focus mitts will train your eye/hand coordination and is great at developing quickness in both kicks and punches. The heavy bag is more of a power building movement which give you a lot of knockout power.
2. Strength training (Power Cleans, Snatch, Jerk)
Most of you strength training needs to consist of compound exercises. What this means is that you will choose lifting exercises that use more than one muscle when doing it. Unlike body builders that want to isolate the muscle for maximum growth you want to train your muscle to work together and have then fire exactly at the same time. Lifting heavy weights is exactly how you do this. The Olympic lifts are excellent at doing this while also training your core. These lifts consist of the clean, jerk, and power cleans which all will increase your explosiveness and quickness. One other thing to keep in mind is “barbell is better than machine dumbbell is better than barbell”. So on any exercises where you can utilize dumbbells do so. This again will train your muscles both on your left and right side to explode together and also strengthens your core due to balancing the dumbbells.
3. Ground Training (Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be difficult to train on your own but one great piece of martial arts training equipment is a BJJ dummy this really helps simulate a partner to practice your submissions. To practice this part of your game it is best to join a school or class. Even attending class once a week and practicing the other times at home can pay hug dividends on your ground game. One place to also look is at your local high school. Many wrestling programs would love having an additional assistant coach and in turn your can get in their and do some learning and give the kids a good workout also.
4. MMA Training
MMA is a game of being well rounded and not specific to one style of martial arts. This can make it tough to train since a lot of schools and trainers don’t have multiple skills yet. Instructors with multiple fighting styles will become more of the norm with the explosion of MMA. There has already been a shift in some Taekwondo schools to throw in some ground and pound movements.
So, whether you have a school close by that trains in all the different disciplines or you have to go multiple places to get your training and get better it is well worth it to get your mixed martial arts training and be on your way to fighting in the UFC.