It’s no surprise that so many people are looking into becoming an MMA fighter. It’s a rough and exciting sport and fans of it simply can’t get enough. If you’ve ever looked at an MMA fighter and felt, I can do that, then you might be wondering how to get started. Becoming an MMA fighter takes a lot of time and persistence. Though it will be a lot of work, it will also be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding too.
In this article we will detail how to train to become an MMA fighter. We will detail what you need to do and what you should expect along your journey. Becoming an MMA fighter isn’t easy and there will be many bumps, and literal bruises along the way. If you’re ready to make your goals a reality, see our tips below or book a free class with Grants MMA & Boxing Gym.
What Should I Train In?
By definition, MMA is a mix of different martial arts. But nearly all MMA fighters have a primary martial art that they began their training in. Typically, the process of becoming an MMA fighter happens organically when a martial artist tries a new disciple and expands upon their skills. They then take their knowledge of various martial arts and apply it to MMA fighting.
There are many options to choose from and no perfect choice for when choosing your initial martial art discipline. You also don’t have to master one before trying another. Though there are many benefits to mastering one martial art before moving on to another it can also be beneficial to learn all around and become a well-balanced fighter. Below are some common primary disciplines of MMA fighters.
- Muay Thai – Muay Thai is a great option for someone just starting out with MMA. What makes it great is that it combines both foot and hand techniques and is similar to kickboxing. It utilizes many techniques that are essential in MMA fighting. You can’t go wrong with choosing this as your primary discipline.
- Boxing – Boxing is another great option for want to be MMA fighters. Boxing will teach you how to move effectively in a ring while also earning you some seriously effective hand techniques. Boxing is a major part of MMA fighting and would be a great option for someone to get started with.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – If your favourite part of MMA fighting is grappling and ground techniques then this is the primary disciple for you. BJJ techniques are intense and effective. Though it can be challenging, learning this disciple first could gain you an advantage over fighters who are more upright inclined.
- Tae Kwon Do – Tae Kwon Do is often overlooked as a primary discipline but you might want to give it a second thought. Not only will Tae Kwon Do teach you how to master the ring from a variety of distances, but it will also gain you some serious kicking strength.
How Much Do I Need to Train?
How much and how often you need to train to be an MMA fighter will have a lot to do with your personal goals. If your goals with MMA fighting are professional and competitive, you’re going to need to be putting quite a bit of time into training. But, if you want to be an MMA fighter for recreational reasons, you have a bit more leeway with much you need to train.
Competitive MMA fighters treat training like it’s their job, because really it is. If you want to compete at a professional level you should expect to be training for about 4 hours, 5 days a week. That sounds like a lot and it is. But remember, no one becomes a professional fighter overnight. You shouldn’t quit your day job tomorrow to start training all day every day. See our previous article “How to Train Like an MMA Fighter” for an idea of how intense training can be.
You will need to begin somewhere and allow things to progress naturally. Look for a gym that allows you to train as often as you can. Finding a gym with flexible hours can be tricky so look for those that offer unlimited monthly classes. If you can find a gym that offers more than one martial arts disciple, like Grants MMA and Boxing Gym, then that’s a bonus that can help you boost your skills without
Do I Need a Coach?
There is no getting around it. If you want to become an MMA fighter, you will need a qualified coach who can connect you to competitors. But you’ll also need them to teach you and shape you into a great fighter. A great coach can help take you to the next level and you absolutely need one no matter if you want to be a professional or recreational MMA fighter.
But how do you find a great coach to help you make your goals a reality? Look for someone credible and professional with a good track record. Also consider the tips we provide in our previous article “What Makes a Good Personal Trainer?” The right coach could make or break your success so don’t be afraid to try multiple gyms out before finding the one that feels right for you.
How Can I Get Started?
If you know that MMA is for you, your next step is to get started. If you haven’t already, find a great gym in a discipline that interests you. Be upfront with your coach about what you hope to achieve and what your goals are. A great coach will offer you support and guidance towards reaching your goals. It won’t be easy but becoming an MMA fighter will be fun and worthwhile.
At Grants MMA we offer our members unlimited class options in multiple disciplines including boxing, BJJ and Muay Thai. Our expert coaches have more than 25 years of experience and can help you reach your goals whether you are a beginner or advanced athlete. Book your free class today and get started on making your MMA dreams a reality.