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How To Become a MMA Fighter


how-to-become-mma-fighterBecoming a MMA fighter is requires complete dedication and is difficult. Begin by finding a place to learn how to fight. Do not look for the fanciest gym in town. Instead look for a gym where other local MMA fighters are already training at. This will help you train and spar with  MMA fighters who are actually entering the ring or cage to compete. Remember that champions have come out of backyard gyms and garages from around the world. Find a gym that teaches a combination of different martial arts including boxing and jiu jitsu.

Once you begin training in mixed martial arts, remember to focus on speed, power, agility, stamina and flexibility. Depending on your current diet, keep in mind that that most fighters are on a strict diet. Both during training and preperation for their upcoming fight. Power, stamina and and flexibility is always important to improve on.

A fighter's punching and kicking skills are constantly tested by their sparring partners and opponents in competition. The basics to MMA falls into three main categories: ground game, stand-up, and clinch ability. It is important to find trainers who specialize in each individual discipline. You will quickly learn just how important a trainer is.

Stand-up fighting focuses on punching, kicking, elbowing, and kneeing. Footwork training is very important in stanp-up because it helps the fighter dodge an opponent’s attacks. Stand-up fighting including boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, karate, kendo, kung-fu. Generally, MMA fighters have stand-up knowledge of boxing, kickboxing, and muay thai. Practicing kickboxing is one of the most effective ways to learn stand-up.

Clinch fighting is the second integral part of  MMA fighter basics. Clinch fighting reduces the success of the opponent’s landed punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. By using a takedown the clinch is a way for a fighter to take his opponent to the ground. Training for the clinch consist of wrestling, judo, and sambo.

Ground game is another important element of MMA fighter basics. This is where submissions take place. It is crucial for a fighter's ground game to submit his opponent. Not knowing how to defend against submission attempts is critical when competing in mixed martial arts. Ground game also consists of other disciplines including shoot and catch wrestling, jiu-jitsu, sambo and judo. Just about all MMA fighters train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Therefore you may want to make sure your gym offers this dicsipline and the trainer is well qualified.

Strength and fitness training is equally as important as what is mentioned above. Remember that lifting weights for building strenght and performing fitness drills to build up endurance is very important for continued fighting power. Fitness training is crucial, as it will train a fighter to be able to go the distance in a fight. It will aslo help maintain endurance for the maximum number of rounds.

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