Have you ever watched the UFC and wondered if you’ve got what it takes to become a pro fighter? Do you have determination and drive to complete in front of a live audience? If your answer is yes then you should get training. Many people don’t think they have the time to become an MMA fighter. The truth is, there really is no excuse not to give it a shot. Many MMA training regimes are fast and explosive, taking little time out of the day. Although this won’t be enough to get you to the pros, it will certainly give you a platform to start with.
Starting Your Training Regime
When you’re a beginner you will probably find yourself so bombarded with information that you won’t have a clue where to begin. The best thing to do is to start with the basic stand up moves. The first punches you should learn are the; jab, cross and hook; and the first kicks you should learn are the; round kick, front kick and side kick. Once you’ve mastered these basic moves then you’ll be able to complete bag work and shadow boxing exercises to increase your overall set of skills.
Once you know the basic moves then you should design your own specific training routine. Try to work it around your own schedule, and don’t just train the moves themselves as you will need to incorporate strength and conditioning exercise as well. When you’re beginning try to train at least four times per week. Dedicate two days to practising your fighting with bag work or with a training partner, one day to strength training with weights, and one day to cardiovascular training such as running. Train for 30 minutes to an hour on each day and remember to warm up and cool down properly.
Upping The Pace
When you feel comfortable then you need to start upping the pace. This is about the time you should join an MMA gym and take some regular classes to learn new moves and techniques. MMA gyms are a great place to find training partners and the spar against other fighters. This is a good way to get an idea of what to expect in the ring.
Once you have been training at the gym for a while then you should tell your instructor that you want to fight. Many gyms will arrange amateur mixed martial arts competitions for all of the local gyms. This is the best way to get your foot in the door, and if you have a fight coming up then your instructor will certainly put in that extra effort to ensure you’re in good shape. After all, you are representing them as much as they are representing you.
Once you have a few amateur fights under you, and hopefully a few wins! Then you can start approaching professional promotions. At this point you should also start hunting for some form of representation such as a manager. This way you can leave the business aspect up to them so you can concentrate on training for your next bout.
There is so much to think about if you want to become a pro MMA fighter. However if you are new to the sport then just try to learn a few things and have a bit of fun. Take things step by step and don’t try to force yourself into fights before you’re ready.