Posted By: Rob-Kassy
Posted On: 29 Oct, 2021

MMA for Beginners: All That You Need to Know Before You Start

The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts has made it one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is exciting, fast-paced, intense, and physically challenging. There are gyms opening in many areas that offer training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing. Each of these disciplines are key components of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training curriculum. If you are considering training in Mixed Martial Arts, either for recreation or competition, there are several things to consider before beginning your training.

Research– It is essential that before you begin your training that you are familiar with the various aspects and complexities of Mixed Martial Arts. Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations, the grappling, kicking and striking techniques, and understand the intense nature of the sport. Research the different gyms and schools in your area. Visit the schools in your area to get a feel for the atmosphere and get to know the instructors and their teaching styles.

Physical Conditioning- MMA is an intensely physical sport. In addition to the simple exertion, the very nature of MMA promises that you will likely experience a range of injuries while training and in competition. It is essential that you be in the best possible physical condition before beginning serious training in any combat sport. It is recommended that you undergo a medical examination and be advised by your doctor before you begin training.

It is recommended that you begin with a physical conditioning regimen that will support the strength and cardiovascular demands associated with MMA. Running, strength training, and flexibility training (such as yoga) will prepare you for the rigors of combat sports. Being in good physical shape will reduce the likelihood of injury and will position you for more success. Be certain to allow yourself sufficient rest periods for recovery. It is not advisable to train with a physical injury.

Commitment– What is your level of interest? Are you looking for the opportunity to hone or “pressure test” your ongoing martial arts training? Are you looking for a viable self-defense system? Are you looking for a sport to provide a physical outlet and maintain your fitness? Are you looking to enter MMA competitions? Each of these requires a different level of commitment, either with time, financial, or physical and mental resources. Be aware of your goals and what will be required to achieve them.

Expectations– With any new endeavor there are going to be peaks and valleys in your journey through MMA. Mixed Martial Arts is a combat sport, and as such, at the end of each bout, there will be a winner and a loser. It will be impossible to win each bout. You may experience injuries. It is important to take careful self-assessments throughout your training. Even if you may not be entirely satisfied with your level of development at every step of your training, be assured that you are still making progress.

Mixed Martial Arts is not a sport for everyone. It requires intense levels of physical fitness and makes demands on mental resources. It is also highly rewarding and can provide years of satisfying recreation and competition, as well as offer a sense of community with those in the combat sports world. Explore the training opportunities available at Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in Newport News, VA. Begin your journey. Please contact us today at (757) 223-0373.