MMA im interested in MMA, where do i start?

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  1. Mojo

    Mojo New Member

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    a little background, im currently 5'7", 192lb, pretty fat. the only recreational activity i have been doing for the past 5-6 months is just weight lifting and light cardio after the lifting sessions.

    how would i go to prepare for myself to get into MMA? im sure working on cardio exercise could help, but what are some other considerations to put thought into?

    on the side note, i checked my local listings and the arts that are local to me are:
    -aikikai
    -tae kwon do
    -haak lung chuan kempo karate
    -kuk sool won
    -N.A martial arts
    -Lim's martial arts (sounds like someones name)
    -and basic karate school
    which would be more ideal for some real street life expierence?
     
  2. brolli

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    If you want to get into mma, then all of those traditional martial art schools will probably not offer what you are looking for.

    http://www.bjj.org/academies/

    has a list of academies in most states so you may want to look for a good brazilian jiu jitsu school near you. Most bjj schools also offer at least basic muay thai / boxing classes so picking up on that as well wouldn't hurt.
     
  3. misfits

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    bjj, muay thai, kickboxing ftw


    then once you grasp the basics of that, you can graduate into what fits your style
     
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    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

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    there's a Gracie school in berkeley :o
     
  5. Maestro Nobones

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    yeah most likely all those places suck that the original poster has listed
     
  6. Mojo

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    thanks for the link, i actually found 2 local academies which are in "oakland, ca". im gonna have to check those 2 out sometime.

    so im hearing kickboxing, muay thai, and bjj, which are the top 3 that makes MMA? which would it be a good idea to start off with?


    now about the prices for lessons:noes: ...what can i expect?
     
  7. Maestro Nobones

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    other good styles/schools/organizations/keywords: greco roman wrestling, american wrestling, pancrase, vale tudo, straight blast gym, boxing, judo.... I'll post more if I can think of em.

    basicly you need some good striking, good takedowns, and good ground game.
     
  8. brolli

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    for bjj the price can vary. I've seen as low as 50 a month, to as high as 130. Before paying, make sure that the instructor is qualified (he has proof of his rank and who he got it under, and his tournament record).
     
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    A good rule of thumb is that if you walk in there and you see 10 year olds with blackbelts you know that the place/art is a joke :cough: TKD :cough:

    Nobones and misfits listed some good arts. I would personally recommend BJJ though if that is a possibility like brolli said.
     
  10. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    any muay thai website that shows the school like the BJJ one?
     
  11. brolli

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    not that I know of
     
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    I find the schools with no belts are the best.

    I've been doing BJJ for about 4 years and muay thai for the past 2 or so. I've been to 2 schools where we had to wear a gi. I opted not to wear a belt, because it is not very indicative of how GOOD you are. At Grappler's Quest my first match was against a purple belt from some school in NY. The last time I actually used a belt I was orange I think. I was a bit intimidated I guess.

    He had some of the strongest takedowns I've seen, but I lifted him off my guard and rolled over to his. This guy had the ugliest, most open guard I've ever seen. I passed it and took side control. He turned on his back and I think we know where it went from there.

    Belts don't mean shit.

    I'm really enjoying muay thai, though I haven't been doing it for very long. I love the finesse of BJJ and I recommend that as #1 for a great workout, but also a ton of fun.
     
  13. brolli

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    well 4 years of solid grappling could also make you as good as if not better than a purple belt. Where do you train bjj at and who is your instructor?
     
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    Right now I'm at school so I work with the martial arts club team.

    My hometown is in NJ, and I mostly trained at Art of Grappling. I don't think it's in the BJJ.org listings (though I don't really know why). The instructor's name is Johnny Chan (that's just what people call him. His real name is impossible to pronounce). He moved from Japan to Brazil to trace the roots of JJ, and then to the US to teach.

    Steep price @ 175/mo, but we get treated well. He only has a few students so we get a lot of 1 on 1.
     
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    damn that is expensive, is Johnny a black belt? and who did he get it from?
     
  16. Maestro Nobones

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    yeah I wholeheartedly recommend BJJ as well, but it's not like you MUST study MT, BJJ, and Wrestling to be an MMA fighter.
     
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    If there is no bjj then you can do Judo

    contrary to what alot of people say, judo is awesome and great as a base and when you finally do bjj, you will have an instant advantage over people starting at the same time as you. However judo schools vary alot, some might be recreational and really limited whereas others are hardcore competition clubs that will smash you into shape.
     
  18. Maestro Nobones

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    yeah if you can find good judo it's worth it. I really want to add some judo to my game eventually.

    good judo being much easier to find than good karate, good tae twon do, etc, due to the resistant nature of randori and the competitive nature of Judo.
     
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    I don't believe he is a black belt. He puts no emphasis on official ranking. He always made us understand that there are no platforms in skill-- that we'll always have strengths and weaknesses, and that you may have the physical strength of a blackbelt, but the mental weakness of a child.

    He actually showed us a video of him against Royce Gracie. He lost, but it was very cool watching it.
     
  20. brolli

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    I thought you trained with the gi? He didn't wear a belt?:ugh2:
     
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    I'm gonna be up there this weekend. Can anyone just jump in and roll for free the first class?
     
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    badass!! There's like 4 close to me!! :hyper:
     
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    mmm hmmm
     
  24. brolli

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    I found one that was like 5 mins away from my house back in NJ like that. :bowdown:
     
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    I train BJJ once a week :eek5:
     

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