Obviously, if you want to become an MMA fighter or train in mixed martial arts, you realize this takes a great deal of commitment and hard work. You also know that you need to take a variety of classes in order to become a well-rounded fighter. In addition to taking Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes, Muay Thai classes, Judo classes or other classes that teach a specific martial art, there are some other classes you should consider adding to your training regime.
Many people tend to overlook boxing when they plan out their training, and this is a big mistake. Boxers train hard, boxers are tough and boxers learn some highly important skills that you can use in an MMA fight. While Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing are certainly helpful skill sets, learning how to throw a solid punch is huge and this is part of boxing. You also learn how to avoid punches and even how to take a punch with as little impact as possible. Boxing training also will improve your coordination and also your footwork, which helps you move around in the cage and set the pace of a fight.
Wrestling has been around for thousands of years, and this is because as a form of defense, it works well. Wrestlers have that brute strength needed to engage an opponent ,and wrestling skills form a good base for all your other skills. Once you have learned some solid wrestling skills, these easily can be intermingled with boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you can wrestle, punch and grapple, you will be a fairly well-rounded fighter. Imagine a fight where you utilize a Jiu-Jitsu takedown, use wrestling skills to overwhelm your opponent and then pommel your foe with solid punches. Add a chokehold or arm bar and you will have him tapping out or unconscious in no time at all.
Going face to face with an opponent not only takes a lot of skill, it takes a lot of power and endurance. So you need to be looking into conditioning classes and strength training classes, which often are combined into a single class. This will increase your muscle strength and core strength through weight training and cardiovascular exercise. Select a San Diego mixed martial arts gym that offers these classes and many other types of classes all for one single monthly cost. That way, you can take a little bit of everything without breaking the bank.
Another important type of training is just simply known as MMA training or an MMA class. It is in this type of class, that you learn how to put all your skills together and face an opponent. Your trainers will match you up with opponents based on your ability levels, so don’t worry if you are a beginner to MMA. Experience is the best teacher, so the more MMA classes you take, the better you will be.
In recent years, there also have been some fitness training classes developed that can be of great use to someone training in MMA. The Arena in San Diego, for example, has designed a program that they call FightBuilt. These are strengthening and conditioning classes designed especially to accommodate the physical challenges that MMA fighters face. CrossFit is another popular fitness program to look at, and this program was created to improve a person’s overall fitness in ten different areas, from cardiovascular strength to flexibility to overall power.