You have heard about MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), which describes a combat sport where two fighters attempt to achieve supremacy over the other by using three tactics – striking, finishing holds and control. As per the rules, the fighters are allowed to use different martial arts techniques from punches to kicks, chokes, throws, takedowns, and joint-locks.
The ultimate goal of the best MMA fighter is to get a knockout. Victory can also be through submission (when one fighter concedes the victory by tapping the mat or the opponent) and stoppage by the referee or corner man. MMA fights are popular sporting events these days. With this, martial arts training dramatically rose over the last 10 years.
If you want to be a professional MMA fighter, you should be ready physically, mentally and emotionally because it is not as easy as it seems. Your training will be the key to success.
Here’s how to train like a professional MMA fighter:
Choose your Discipline
The first thing that you need to do is to choose your discipline or martial art. You cannot expect to learn MMA overnight and it takes time mastering certain types of martial arts. However, a few months of regular training can do wonders.
It can be stressful choosing your first martial art but it is something that you must do. You can choose from Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai or taekwondo together with boxing and sparring. It will be up to you. The trick here is to find a martial art that is suitable for you.
Join a gym
The next step is to join a gym. Although this is necessary, it will definitely enhance your training. Remember that almost all professional fighters spend most of their time in the gym. Eventually, you will face the heavy bag and when this time comes, you must be ready with your MMA gloves.
After finding the right gym and securing MMA training gear, you need to plan accordingly. As mentioned, you cannot expect to learn MMA overnight. Mastering MMA takes time because you start slow. You can start with simple endurance workouts like jumping jacks or jumping rope for 10 minutes.
As you go along, you can increase your endurance workouts. Endurance is important because it will give you the power in every round. With good endurance training, you will have the ability to kick or punch hard repeatedly.
Train Your Core
Whether it is for male or female MMA fighters, core training is vital. Core training will improve your balance and stability. It will specifically train the muscles in your abdomen, hips, lower back and pelvis to work in unison.
It might seem to be a good idea to do thousands of bodyweight crunches but it can be less effective. Keep in mind that there’s a lot more to core training than this. It is better to do fewer repetitions with more weight instead of doing a thousand crunches or sit-ups.
As much as possible, you have to develop an exercise plan. This will help you build the right abilities to dominate over other fighters. If you find your plan too difficult or too easy, you should adjust accordingly. You will understand more if you have a trainer.