5 Tips For Novice MMA Training

So, it’s your first time stepping into an MMA gym. You see a lot of guys training hard, some bloodied and most are definitely, sweaty.

You look around you and you see only a few people are as clueless like you, which can be quite scary, and the aggressive faces of people training hard aren’t really helping much at all.

Don’t worry, though, you shouldn’t really mind you being a novice and all because just like you, everyone else in the gym starting knowing next to nothing about MMA.

Now, to help you get a head start and to make the beginning a lot easier for you, here are five tips to make sure that your first few MMA training sessions start off on the right foot.

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  1. Focus on proper technique and form. Whether you’re lifting weights, drilling submissions, or simply throwing a simple jab or kick, you should always focus on your form. Don’t even mind the power because that comes later. Just focus on your form, build muscle memory and once you start feeling tired, rest and prevent yourself from getting injured. In time, speed and power will follow, but unlike others, your form and technique will remain flawless.
  1. Enjoy it. Don’t take everything too seriously. Yes, you should work hard, but you shouldn’t try to push yourself too much that you end up NOT enjoying it. Remember, the whole point of your MMA training is for you to find something that you enjoy and if you’re not really happy doing it, then what’s the point?
  1. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same can be said for whatever goal it is you may have set with your MMA training. It can take you months, or even years, to reach your goal and it’s important that you are patient all throughout. While MMA is a very physical combat sport, probably one of the most physical out there, you won’t be able to last long if you’re not mentally prepared for it.
  1. This should already be pretty self-explanatory, but it seems that most people just don’t get how important stretching is for just about any combat sport. Aside from one of the best ways to stay healthy and stave off injury, being flexible can make a whole lot of difference in how you fare while inside the ring.
  1. Respect other people. You’re going to have to train with other people and if you want to keep that up, you have to learn how to respect them. If they ask you to help them with their pad work, do it. If they ask you to spar with them, do it if you’re free. Chances are, they’ll do the same for you down the line. Also, respect the rules of the gym and of course, respect your instructors because you are at their mercy.

MMA isn’t really for everyone. Some just don’t have the time to take it up, while others just aren’t physically fit for you. Still, if you think that you’re up for it, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

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