MMA I am new to combat sports. Can you help?

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  1. Satellite

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    Hi all. I respect the hell out of your sport. I was looking to join a martial art but don't know where to start.

    I live in Chicago, are there any gym's you could suggest?

    I just did a class in Hapkido, and it was interesting.

    What other styles should I think about?
     
  2. GreatDeceiver

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    I'm sure the guys here can direct you to a good resource for finding gyms in the area, and that Chicago will probably have quite a few options. A good variety of arts to try out would be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling/Submission Wrestling, Judo, San Shou...others I'm sure are useful to an extent.

    Good luck with training bro, if you find something you like keep at it.
     
  3. rtzcom

    rtzcom bon wons! fight slepa for life sone!~

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    what do you want to accomplish learning a combat art?
     
  4. teep

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    did you already make a thread like this? maybe it was someone else... either way the only input you'll get here regarding traditional martial arts is that it's all complete crap.

    if you want to study the art for what it is- be it hapkido, karate, etc- then by all means go for it. if it's because you want to learn to fight, stick with what MMA has proven to be most effective. Take up wrestling, bjj, muay thai/boxing.

    As for MMA gyms in chicago i'm not sure off the top of my head but don't bonner and arlovski train out of there?
     
  5. Satellite

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    I really just want to have fun and do something competitive. I wrestled from 7th grade to Senior year in High School. Played football from 3rd grade to Sophomore in College. And boxed for 2 years after college. I am 27 now. And just find I get bored with other things out there.

    I have always been good as physical sports. But not so much with things like golf or basketball. Which guys like my age play.
     
  6. Satellite

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    Get in shape. Have fun. Be competitive. I am not a person that goes to bars and ever fights. So it's not like I want or need to defend myself.

    It is something I have always thought was interesting.
     
  7. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    this may be a first here :eek3:


    I love Muay Thai, but I wouldnt necessarily suggest it. Your body is going to take a severe beating and you might not see it being worth it.

    Boxing, you have already done, which is why i would lean towards taking it up again, you already have a base, so you are that much closer to either competing, or at least being good enough to enjoy it.

    BJJ, you have wrestled, so this might be something fun to add on to previous learnings. From what you said, I would probably suggest BJJ. None of these things will get you in shape on their own, but will give you a good reason to spend extra time on the treadmill or in the gym.

    Most gyms will let you come in for a day and try things out. You might want to do that and see what you like the most. or at least watch some competitions and documentaries to see what peaks your interest the most.
     
  8. Satellite

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    I would say I am in decent shape now. 250lbs 6 foot. Bench 365 Squat 450 Run a sub 7 minute mile. Sure I could drop 30-40lbs of bodyweight. But I work at a 5 star french restaurant and eat amazing food every day.

    I just want to compete and fight because deep down I think it's what men need to do. That competition will help me drive down the weight. Maybe find out more about myself.

    I tried Hapkido on a one day trial. Boxing was cool, but when I would fight it would be against guys much taller. And then just had a killer reach.
     
  9. Hillary

    Hillary fukc yaeh. ew waitled long enough. nujgses of hill

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    Man, if you train hard enough BJJ gets you in ridiculous shape. Have 3 brothers in my gym that lost 280 lbs between the three of them, did nothing but BJJ.
     
  10. rtzcom

    rtzcom bon wons! fight slepa for life sone!~

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    Learn something that's practical, so do some striking and grappling. Doesn't matter if you actively want to get into a street fight or not...the knowledge may save you or a loved ones life...you will never know.

    I would suggest BJJ, then do boxing or muay thai on the side. If you can, learn something with a weapon like Arnis or Kali to round you up.
     
  11. checkii

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    If you have a problem with that, I would stay away from striking arts and go with BJJ. Your build will not give you problems like it will in MT or boxing.
     
  12. rtzcom

    rtzcom bon wons! fight slepa for life sone!~

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    If you liked boxing but dealing with reach is turning you off...you will learn to fight from the inside and pretty much render killer reach useless. It's a daunting task at first, but its going to be fun.
     
  13. Satellite

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    I took some classes and learned to get inside. I just didn't like getting hit in the face too much. I prefer wrestling more. There just are not too many wrestling clubs for 20 somethings.
     
  14. checkii

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    what city are you in?
     
  15. Satellite

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    Chicago
     
  16. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    check out:


    Gracie barra
    New Breed (i think there's 2 locations in chicago)
    Curran has a school in Crystal Lake
    Carlson Gracie
    Jiu Jitsu Institute
    Pedro Vianna's Jiu Jitsu school
     
  17. Titus

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    kung fu is all you need. find a grandmaster and learn!
     
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    HouseLing When masturbations lost its fun you'r fucking lazy

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    There's nosounds like you would enjoy BJJ. No heigth disavantage, competitive with lots of competitions, fun, ect
     
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    jeet kune do is a great way to get in shape and unlike most of the other reccomendations in the thread so far you don't just learn one area of martial arts (be it boxing, wrestling, etc) but you get well versed in all of them
     
  20. THE LIOG

    THE LIOG EVVVVVVVVEERRYYOONNNNNNNE EEEEE

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    how can you argue with that
     
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    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    Muay Thai
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    maybe because he said he doesnt want to get hit in the face :dunno:
     
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    With this

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  25. rtzcom

    rtzcom bon wons! fight slepa for life sone!~

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