Getting Started with MMA Classes

10 Quick Tips About Starting MMA
July 4, 2024
Getting Started with MMA Classes



July 4, 2024

Getting Started with MMA Classes: A Fun and Exciting Journey

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a thrilling sport that combines techniques from various martial arts disciplines into one dynamic and engaging experience. Whether you're looking to get fit, learn self-defence, or simply try something new, starting MMA classes can be an incredibly rewarding adventure. Here's a guide to help you get started and ensure you have a blast along the way.

1. Dive into the World of MMA

MMA blends techniques from popular combat sports like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, and wrestling. It's developed into its own sport that keeps things exciting by allowing both striking and grappling. Watching a few MMA matches or highlights online can give you a taste of what to expect and get you pumped up to start your training.

2. Find the Perfect Gym

Choosing the right gym is the first step in your MMA journey. Look for a gym with friendly, experienced coaches who can guide you through the basics. A welcoming and positive environment makes a huge difference, and a good gym will feel like a second home.

3. Gear Up for Fun

Getting the right gear is part of the excitement. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gloves: For striking practice.
  • Shin Guards: For safe kicking practice.
  • T-shirt and Shorts: Comfortable, durable clothing for all aspects of training. Specific fight wear such as a rash guard shirt, and fight shorts are designed with this activity in mind, but regular t-shirt and shorts works to get started in an intro.

At RISE we have spare gear available for beginners, but having your own can add to the fun. We recommend getting your own gear following an intro course once you know you enjoy the training.

4. Get Fit, Have Fun

MMA is a fantastic way to get in shape while having fun. Training classes will develop your cardio endurance, strength, flexibility and overall wellness through a fun and practical activity.

5. Start with the Basics

Jumping into MMA means learning the fundamentals of striking and grappling:

  • Striking: Practice basic punches like jabs and hooks, and kicks like roundhouse and front kicks.
  • Grappling: Get familiar with takedowns, submissions, and controlling your opponent on the ground.

Beginner classes are designed to teach these basics in a fun and structured way. Focus on enjoying the learning process and celebrating your progress.

6. Embrace Sparring and Rolling

Sparring and rolling (practicing) are essential parts of MMA training. Start slow and enjoy the process. Remember, it’s all about learning and improving, not about winning. Communicate with your training partners and always listen to your coaches to keep things safe and fun.

7. Stay Consistent and Enjoy the Journey

Consistency is key in MMA, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Make it a habit to attend classes regularly and enjoy the ride. Each session is a step forward, so celebrate the small victories and learn from the challenges. A good gym will offer lots of opportunity to train including specific Jiu-Jitsu only classes, and Muay Thai only classes to develop these skills even further.

8. Develop the Mental Game

MMA isn’t just physical; it’s a mental challenge too. Stay positive, focused, and resilient. Visualization, meditation, and breathing exercises can help enhance your mental toughness and overall enjoyment of the sport.

9. Join the Community

One of the best parts of MMA is the sense of community. Engage with fellow students, make new friends, and support each other. Training with others makes the experience more enjoyable and motivating. You'll soon find that the camaraderie is one of the highlights of your MMA journey.

10. Have a Blast

Above all, remember to have fun. Whether you aim to compete or just want to improve your fitness and self-defence skills, enjoy every moment. The journey in MMA is unique to each person, so make it your own and have a great time.

Starting MMA can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Lace up those gloves, step onto the mat, and embark on your MMA adventure with enthusiasm and a smile!

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