First of all, what is MMA? MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of traditional martial arts, wrestling and boxing, to be used in competitions.
The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete. The MMA fighters compete using techniques from these distinct forms of fighting inside of an eight sided cage. A win is when the other opponent is knocked out, submits, or succeeds by the decision of the judges.
As a result of the different techniques used in MMA, fighters must be highly trained and in top physical condition.
Practitioners that prepare to fight in matches have to work on their speed, strength, agility, and endurance. Becoming a professional MMA fighter takes time and patience. Most MMA fighters have to start out from the basics – martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. Wrestling and boxing are also valuable skills to have. If you don't have these skills, it is essential that you join a mixed martial arts gym, school or club to be trained properly.
After you acquire the basic skills, the next steps are practice and physical conditioning. It is essential for a MMA fighter to develop strength, endurance and balance. Here are some important tips to achieve your MMA dreams!
Tip 1 – Follow a Program. The worst thing you can do is go to the gym and spin your wheels. There is no point in wandering aimlessly around in circles. If you're serious about being an MMA fighter, then you must have a serious strength and conditioning program. You must always be thinking about what you need to do to improve those aspects of your training that need work and to practice and perfect those skills in which you excel.
Tip 2 – Maximize your Efficiency. If you want to succeed as a mixed-martial artist, at a minimum, you've got to train in jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. This doesn't leave you a ton of time to work on strength. So you've got to get in an efficient workout in the little time that you do have. In your strength program, you can do so by training full body workouts focused on movement patterns. Instead of generally working on your chest, biceps, quads, hams and back, think squats, lunges, deadlifts, pushes, pulls, and twists.
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Use a Medicine Ball. By far the best tool for developing MMA specific power is the medicine ball, since you can throw the ball as hard and fast as you can in rotational movements that heavily involve the core.
Integrating the medicine ball will allow you to develop knockout power with your strikes, as well as explosive take down ability.
Tip 4 – Get the Right Gear. You can't fight or train without the proper equipment. Experienced competitors involved in fighting sports such as MMA, wrestling, jiu jitsu, and boxing know how important it is to wear the right protective gear and clothing. Safety and performance are of the utmost importance when choosing the proper equipment.