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    Thinking of getting into MMA, tips and thoughts?

    Hey guys,

    For the last few months I've been thinking of getting into MMA. I have no training whatsoever in any other disiplines (boxing, muay thai, etc... ).

    I'm not really looking to get into it to compete but mostly as a hobby that will keep me fit. Perhaps if I have a gift for it, I would compete, but that's not the primary reason.

    Any tips on how to approche it?

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    I am also considering getting into this trend. but I would like to compete and see if i have anything to offer, or if I would just get whooped.

    My only advice is to check online or in your phone book for studios/dojos in your area that teach. Heads up on one gimmick though, LOTS of people will use the Gracie name in/on their gym and training and use it as an excuse to charge higher fees. This doesn't mean you are being taught by a Gracie.
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    yeah, that's a concern of mine, I don't want to join a "kung-fu" or judo dojo, I would like to get into an "all around" type place.

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    Start off with Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing to get striking and ground fundamentals before you go right into 'MMA'. If you look at most of the good fighters they all have a strong background in one of those 2 areas (Or something similar) before expanding into the other to make themselves a rounded MMA fighter.
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    The schools Ive trained at and most others I've seen offer separate classes for striking (usually Muay Thai) and ground work (usually jujitsu). Then they offer classes for intermediate and advanced students where the two are combined or you just combine your striking and ground work in open sparring.

    Check out several schools though if you can. Don't just go to one and think its the holiest of holies. And if you have a chance observe the instructors teaching a class. Then pick which school you like the most and you're good from there.
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    What does "Gracie" mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miken5254
    What does "Gracie" mean?
    The Gracie's are a family from Brazil that, years ago, took Jujitsu and modified it and offered it up as a superior fighting system. Then they used the UFC to promote Gracie Jujitsu. So in MMA usually when someone says "jujitsu" they mean more along the lines of Gracie or Brazilian Jujitsu instead of more traditional Japanese Jujitsu. Some people use the fact that they've been trained by one of the Gracies or their students as a way of promoting themselves, kinda like students of Bruce Lee did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miken5254
    What does "Gracie" mean?
    its a last name. basically the gracie family introduced BJJ to the world.
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    i just started a few days ago, and i gotta say even the training is a ton of fun (if you enjoy ball busting hard work).
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    Just a side note.

    Once you get going you can DL alot of good training videos.

    I have Randy Coutures "Closing the distance" and Rorion Gracies' series. Great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holto
    Just a side note.

    Once you get going you can DL alot of good training videos.

    I have Randy Coutures "Closing the distance" and Rorion Gracies' series. Great stuff.
    Are you downloading them off torrents or somewhere else? I have Bas Rutten's whole series but it's on VHS. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beholder
    Start off with Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing to get striking and ground fundamentals before you go right into 'MMA'. If you look at most of the good fighters they all have a strong background in one of those 2 areas (Or something similar) before expanding into the other to make themselves a rounded MMA fighter.
    Good advice. Also look for a teacher who is systematic in their approach so all your basics are covered. A lot of times when you are in a class that is multi-level, you miss out on important basics.

    If you're looking for something that is a combination of everything and is self-defense oriented, I love the FIGHT system. I do that in addition to my mma classes.
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    Thanks everyone, I will check out the local kick boxing classes and might join a "basic" JJ class.

    I'm not in great shape right now and have very little flexibility, so I might work on my cardio and flexibility prior to joining the class.

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    There are a lot of MMA/combat systems classes popping up, especially in California, and near military bases.

    But I would get started with boxing, muay thai, or a grappling martial art.

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    The though of walking in there is intimidating as hell but so was walking into my first gym, now it's feels like home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _8_Ball
    The though of walking in there is intimidating as hell but so was walking into my first gym, now it's feels like home.

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    I think it would be a good idea to go in there in decent shape. But dont let the intimidation factor get to you. There are two basic kind of guys that are into MMA. Some are trying to compensate for something psychologically, act cocky and have a chip on their shoulder that kinda give it all a bad name. The other kind tend to be cool, good sports, and appreciate the whole zen side to martial arts as well. Just get in good with the latter kind and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane
    Are you downloading them off torrents or somewhere else?
    Yep.

    My Bjj library is especially impressive.

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    If you're interested in doing this, immediately start doing the cardio work for it.

    You may be really surprised how fast you gas out if you don't come prepared. I reccomended ..

    Circuit Training
    HIIT
    metabolic conditioning training (check elitefts.com articles)
    go for a few rounds on the bag

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