Mixed Martial Arts is a practice that has been around for years and has become very popular recently. Not only as entertainment in the UFC, but also as a way to stay fit. Getting into MMA can be intimidating. People practice for years and the intensity of it easily gets newbies to come to the conclusion that it’s not for them.
All that is now changing, most gyms are offering MMA training along with their pre-existing services to introduce an exciting and challenging workout. Siddharth Singh is a renowned mixed martial art expert and Reebok Master Trainer. He’s also a national level boxer and founder of one of India’s top MMA schools, Crosstrain Fight Club. Siddharth is working with Reebok in their mission to promote MMA in India through it’s events and new combat training collection which you can find here. Siddharth took out some time to give beginners 5 Mixed Martial Arts Tips to keep in mind:
- No Ego – The first signage you see, when you enter an MMA dojo, is ‘please leave your ego at the door’. New students need to keep an open mind and understand that they will only make progress if they keep turning up and keep losing to the more senior students.
- Time – Learning MMA requires significant time due to the vast number of techniques and complexities in body movements required to be learnt. People looking to become MMA experts in say ‘1 month’ will almost always never learn anything. To really excel at MMA one needs to undertake it as a long-term pursuit.
- Not an individual martial art – MMA is a combination of virtually every single hand to hand combat martial art combined into one sport. This therefore means to become good at MMA, one needs to become good at least Boxing, Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. So the next time you go to a MMA gym, please don’t say, ‘I don’t want to learn boxing or Jiu Jitsu’ because without these 4 core disciplines you can’t learn MMA.
- Belts – Traditional martial arts like Karate and Taekwondo have a belt grading system. In competitive MMA there are no belts. Therefore please don’t ask your instructor when you can become a black belt in MMA.
- Grappling – Very often people envision MMA training as something where they will be throwing kicks and punches. The reality is that striking i.e. punching and kicking, is only one half of the MMA game. The other half is grappling. Most people are unaware of grappling (Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and Judo) since it’s less flamboyant and is also invisible in its effectiveness to an untrained eye. If you need to get good at MMA you need to embrace the grind of submission wrestling.