MMA How many of you here train in MMA???

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  1. Guz200sx

    Guz200sx The man who does more than he is paid for will soo

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    Please post your story on how you got into training in MMA and how it went for you and how you have progressed so far.

    I am considering finding a local gym and/or a facility where I could start training.

    I am a noob at MMA and it also would be the first sport I would be participating in.
     
  2. phuree

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    UHG......


    You need to find a base first.......

    Muay Thai, BJJ, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing etc.

    Spend about 2 years in one of those disciplines before considering branching out into MMA.
     
  3. chechen

    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    good advice
     
  4. Optamix

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    I did it the wrong way and I regret it.

    I heard about a local show and wanted to fight on it. I called the promotor and he paired me with some other guy that dind't know how to fight.

    I did ok I guess, but I didn't know how to finish the guy. So I started doing a little BJJ with a guy that I went to school with(he was a blue belt). I called and said I wanted to fight again about 2 months later. I had a war with this guy(sloppy as hell) and then finshed him with an arm bar.

    So thinking I was bad ass, when the blue belt had a big fight in a casino(he actually trained MT, BJJ and MMA) and then he got hurt, I said I would step in and fight the guy. It was a ...dumb move. I've got the youtube if anyone wants to see it.....:hs:

    Needless to say, I got the crap kicked out of me(but I did break his nose). I got elbowed over and over and had no clue what to do.

    So back to that one promotion I went(little one in memphis that had shows monthly. I kept fighting there and I was training with Travis(the blue belt) and making some improvement. He really was trying to help me. I ran a lot and stayed in shape, but still not the kind of training I would get at a real gym, but there wasn't one around here.

    I only lost 2 more and had like 7 fights against cans. So I fought for the Am belt at this event and won. I was 7-3 I think, but I really wasn't that good. Maybe mid level BJJ white belt, basic MT, shitty take downs. Ill dig some youtube videos up to show you guys, I really sucked.

    David Ferguson, who owns the best gym in Memphis, was at the event where I won my belt. He invited me to his gym and said he would really help me on the financial part of it since I had to drive an hour and 45 min one way to get there everyweek. I trained my ass off with him, learning things I should have known before I ever got in the ring. I founght for him 3 times and lost all three in a row. It was a mix of I was fighting actual fighters, emotional trouble at home(living with an Ex girlfriend) and caving to the preasure of real comp. I felt really bad that he believed in my talent, and I let him down.

    So I took a year and a half off and trained my ass off. Got my blue belt in BJJ, really worked on my take downs(still suck in the grand scheme of things) and have been polishing my MT up some(still not great, but I'm more of a BJJ based fighter). He has put a lot of time and dedication into me and believed in me when lots of people didn't(3 losses in a row gets rid of even your friends thinking your a good fighter). I've won my last 2 fights against really game opponents and I've spent under 2 min in the ring combined. My record is now 9-6.

    Now the reason I said I did it wrong is because it is really really hard to find someone that will fight me at my level because of my record. They think I'm better than I really am with 15 fights. When in reality if I take all the actual good people I fought into account I'm 5-6. I had 4 wins again't pathetic fighters that had no clue what BJJ was(litterally).

    I should have only been fighting in the last 6 or 7 months. I've gotten a lot of good experience though. I've been in a bar with no medical staff fighting in front of 60 people, and I've fought in Atlanta at a HUGE event in front of 6,000.

    I have a lot of in ring experience, but that doens't allways equate to a win.

    I'm proud of how far I've come, but I wish I could have been training with my team the entire time.

    My advice is go find a good MMA gym. When you go in tell the instructor that you want to eventually fight MMA. If he says that he can have you in the ring in a few months, find another gym. THat guy wants your money and doesn't care about you.

    WHen you find a guy that says "come in, train your ass off for a year and show me that you want this, that this is something that you will dedicate your self too, then I will get you a fight" stay there. And really show him that you want it.

    When everyone else is taking a break from rolling, stay on the matt, be the first on ready for class, and the last one to leave. This isn't a sport that you can go in unprepared for, because chances are your opponent is busting his ass day in and day out.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Optamix

    Optamix New Member

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    :nono:

    He is honestly interested in the advice of people that have fought. How about /NOT/ being a smart ass and just giving him advice.

    Would you rather he just show up at an event and fight some random guy that might have been trained just because its an inconvience to you to type something online?

    Fuck you.
     
  6. kronik85

    kronik85 New Member

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    no, though i'm interested. atm i'm sitting with judo and looking to train bjj more seriously (no places near me, just a couple guys i know at school.)
     
  7. Optamix

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    Thats how I started.

    Now we have a real club that has been on campus for 3 semesters. We get $800 a semester for equipment, they will pay our tournement fees, we have good mats. We have about 50 people that come everynow and then and about 10 -12 guys that are there everytime. I'm the vice president and including me there are 4 blue belts now that train in memphis and we come back and teach 2 days a week in Oxford.

    Its not the best training in the world, but its been great to get the sport out. And you learn the techniques so much better when you have to teach them.

    We had several guys go to a big BJJ tourny in Memphis, sevral that /only/ train in Oxford with us,and we got 6 medals. I love our club.

    We have patches, shirts, etc...

    You should think about starting a real club there and doing membership drives. Go talk to your Student Programing Board or who ever controls the clubs on your campus.

    Here is our Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/olemissbjj

    We are also an affilate club to Memphis BJJ which is where I train. Which is a BTT school with Adriano Nasal as our instructor(black belt under Bustamante). So wer are kinda sorta in a round about way a the only BTT affiliated club :dunno: Nasal has come down a few times to teach seminars, David Ferguson and Joel Gingerly(brown belts) come down every so often, and we get purple belts from the school. We just chip in and pay for their gas and food while they are there.
     
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    Optamix New Member

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    Here are the youtube vids if anyone is intersted.

    First "big fight" got my ass kicked.

    Round 1(and I'm 6' tall, they got that wrong)
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=O3d3LWKZdNc
    Round 2
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=AteerQZ9mFA

    This is when I won the "title":mamoru:(and yes I thought I was cool at the time). I didn't do /bad/ per se, but you can see how crappy my ground game was.
    But I had /some/ BJJ training at this point, this was my 9th fight.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=PWaDwvJFBsA

    This is where I should have actually started fighting at. This was my first win after the break and my 3 losses.
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v231/jdirtyburd/?action=view&current=100_0385.flv

    Then this was my last fight, kinda boring because I got caugt in a head arm choke kinda thing that never had me in danger, but I couldn't get out and he didn't want to let go. But I'm happy with how I performed(You can see how bad my wrestling is in this one, but I'm working on it). This guy was a decent fighter, good boxing(5-2 pro boxer).
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=zpc_2kSdlvY

    This should have been my first or second fight, not my 15th.

    So you can see how much I progressed. I shouldn't have been fighting as much as I did and I don't want to see others make that same mistake.
     
  9. Optamix

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    That was my girlfriend at the time :mamoru:

    She knew /nothing/ about MMA and didn't care to learn.

    My current GF goes to BJJ class with me :coolugh:

    The ref was telling me that if I didn't work he was gonna stand me up :squint: Thats why that arm bar looked so rushed and akward. I wanted to pound him out but I was trying to get a solid base(my mount is still really weak).
     
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    definitely, there's two bjj blue belts who do it, and they want to start a club. we only need like 5 people to start a club at my school, i'm gonna seriously propose we start it next year. we'll see what happens.
     
  11. Nomad

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    MMA? no

    i'm currently getting my body in better shape to start training in BJJ/MT but we'll see as the closest gym for BJJ is about 30 minutes away, but i don't have a car....

    i basically stumbled across MMA by channel surfing one day, watched an ep of UFC Unleashed and TUF and got hooked in less than 2 hours.....


    and i'd listen to your coaches and so forth, you can learn a lot from them. and also the guys here know what they're doing too...


    edit: oh and Optamix, you were a bit cocky in your "title" win huh? then you got your ass knocked to the ground....:rofl: sorry just thought it was funny dude.....
     
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    honestly just start. your cardio will go up, and you'll be getting a great workout. even if you're a great athlete and in top physical condition isn't going to stop you from gassing and getting owned when you first start. the sooner you start, the better.
     
  13. Nomad

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    i'm also faced with a pretty much bigger problem....i'm currently overseas until May and the place where i am at has nothing in regards to any form of combat sports training, so i'm just going to hold out until August when i'm back stateside @ college to start....my cardio will be pretty high up hopefully....:hs:, overseas FTL


    edit: and also i am very far from any form of being an athlete. 5'11"/6'0" (it fluxuates literally) and i'm 180-190 (~81-86kg) and don't have that much "visible" muscle on me....i can land punches and take dudes down but i'm still not confident in myself like i was when i did wrestling...:wtc:

    and my end of the summer (early August for me) goal weight will be, hopefully, 160lbs (~72kg)....or less....but i don't want to be more than 5 pounds heavier than that when i start my actual training.....
     
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    ah, i didn't know about the overseas thing. i thought you wer just one of those people who "want to get in shape" before they start. hence my saying being a great athlete isn't going to keep you from getting stomped by more experienced guys.
     
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    that's only the tip of the iceberg.....i literally have to wait until May 28th before being able to workout or anything due to where i am......my life is overly complicated :hs:
     
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    My first Muay Thai class is Tuesday :eek5: I have a couple buddies who go there, and its at my university (which is pretty damn close to me) so that's pretty much why I ended up there.
     
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    I could've sworn I read something different last night....

    I'm so used to meat head retards at my local bar telling everyone that "OMG I can totally take this dude, yadda yadda yadda, I bet any boxer could take these guys out etc. You also have to realize how many assholes pose the same question (after watching TUF) with little to no knowledge of wth they are talking about. I'm pretty much aggrevated with the question all together.

    *And Fuck you too*
     
  18. Sylva

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    MMA - Yes.

    I train MMA now, thought I started out as a bjj guy. I trained BJJ for about 2 years or so then I wanted to get into mma. I had a good base to work from and thought I was ready. But first I got injured and had to take quite a bit of time off. I've been back now for about a year trainning more all around mma then one specific aspect. I'm very well rounded and just getting ready to take my first fight on June 16th.

    So after approxomitely 3 years of trainning I'm taking my first fight. So many people in my area go out and fight after a few months of trainning and just get smashed. Hell, even the people that train for a year get smashed if they go up against a very game opponet. I said from the begenning I didn't want to fight too soon and I stuck to that. I think when fight time comes, I'll be much better off becusase of it.
     
  19. Nomad

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    1) just because you don't like guys who go "i wanna do MMA" after watching TUF doesn't warrant you entering someones thread just to flame

    2) if you don't like people like that, then stay clear of them you douche

    3) if you're looking to further act as a douche you should just stick to the main forum.
     
  20. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    after how many years you did BJJ what belt are you? just curious.....i hear/found out it varies from teacher to teacher on how quickly one advances through the stages.....
     
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    Kinda hard to go that seeing as how I'm a Bouncer.....I have to talk to them.
    I get about 5-10 people come up to me a night who say "OMG DO YOU WATCH THE U-F-C I THINK ITS AWESOME, I CAN TOTALLY DO THAT" to which I have to roll my eyes to.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Nomad

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    again, you can go to the main forum with that shit.....

    and what purpose did it serve to come into a thread and flame a guy? honestly? that just proves you're a prick...
     
  23. phuree

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  24. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    I don't train specificly MMA as in, train every day with the intention of getting in a cage, but I do train in modalities and techniques that are used in MMA (bjj, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling) in the wider scope of everything I train, and do plan to spend time later this year training specificly with the intention of getting in the cage and fighting.
    I've just started crosstraining on my wrestling with greater focus and more experienced coaching. once I'm comfortable with my wrestling I'm going to spend time getting my cardio more in shape (my weakest point after my wrestling) and then will go back to crosstrain with my bjj instructor with focus directly on preparation for an MMA fight.
    I train / teach full time at my main dojo.
     
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    just curious, is your name supposed to be fury, or furry?
     

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