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Starting MMA As A Beginner

With the rise of the UFC it’s no doubt that mixed martial arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world. Therefore, millions of people worldwide are stepping into MMA gyms and trying out classes. MMA has a huge range of benefits and isn’t only for fighters so it’s no surprise people are flocking to the sport!

Although more and more people are signing up, lots of people are hesitant! So we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently heard reasons people put off training MMA.


Can I start training MMA if I am unfit?

Absolutely. MMA training is great fitness and, like any type of training, if you commit to it and continuously come back you will definitely see a change in your body and fitness levels. Top level fighters supplement their MMA training with additional strength and conditioning, but for regular people looking to get into shape and be healthy whilst also having fun and learning a great skill, MMA is for you.

I am injured / I have an ongoing injury, can I still train?

Depending on the injury and advice from your doctor, training can usually be slightly altered to work around small injuries. For example if you have bad knees and your coach wants you to practice double leg takedowns, you can choose to not go to the knee on the takedown to protect your injuries. The beauty of MMA is that there are so many different variations of every movement that you can work around using certain parts of your body. Of course prior to training whilst injured, please consult your doctor and let your coach know that you are injured before stepping on the mats.

I want to learn self defence, why should I train MMA instead of a different martial art?

The classic MMA vs (insert martial art here) argument has been around since the creation of MMA. MMA, unlike other “self-defence” martial arts, utilises full contact sparring as a training tool. This active sparring allows for you to practice your techniques at full speed in a controlled environment, which means when you face the real thing you will already be a step ahead from having that experience. Passive training by yourself or against a passive opponent who is not actively trying to counter your movements and hit you back is a useful tool for learning technique, but does not teach you how to implement that same technique in a high stress situation. Which, is the reason you wanted to learn the technique to start with.


I want to fight. How long do I need to train before my first fight?

This varies from coach to coach. For striking fights such as Muay Thai or boxing, roughly 6 months to a year of training followed by a long fight camp is recommended. MMA fights require a bit more experience as you need to be proficient in multiple fighting styles. Some coaches will not let a student fight until they are at least blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Some coaches won’t let you fight unless you turn up every day and really put the work in. It’s safe to say that if you continuously turn up, train like you mean it and really commit to the sport, your coach will let you know when you are ready, it’s only a matter of time.


I don’t want to fight. Do I have to fight if I train MMA?

Of course not. Whilst fights and competitions are great ways to progress in the sport and learn about yourself as a person, we understand it’s not for everybody. You can just train and learn the sport for fitness, fun and to make friends. If you keep it playful on the mats, so will your training partners.


These are some of the most common reasons people hesitate to start training MMA. If you have any other questions regarding training MMA, BJJ or Muay Thai please shoot us a message on the Base Training Centre Instagram or Facebook page and we will help you.