Start MMA training Monday
Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:33 AM
Anybody have any experience in this sort of stuff that can tell me what I can expect as far as learning curve for somebody who is pretty green with their striking? I wrestled in high school, but that's as far as experience goes for me.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:32 AM
More important than striking is learning to absorb strikes. It's going to hurt like hell the first few weeks, but after week 2, you'll be shocked at how little you feel. I don't know if your instructor will do this for a bunch or amateurs, but if he does, listen for "windmilling" for it is the sound of your DOOM! It was among the most excruciating pains I ever felt when I started. After two years, it just really, really hurt. Which reminds me, don't go cheap when it comes to buying shin pads and gloves. Spend a few extra bucks, you're 50-year-old self with thank you in the future.
In general, it's a blast, and me personally, I actually kind of got addicted to the pain. I wanted people to hit me harder. And I used to impress myself with how much my pain threshold increased.
If your instructor knows what he is doing, you will have fun.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:40 AM
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:59 PM
make sure you get a good TapOut tshirt
I chuckled at this a little.
Yeah, all of that sounds about like what I'd expect. I talked to a guy this morning who has been in it since day one. Said it's much tougher on the really green guys like me coming in than it used to be, because the instructor has gotten so much better with time management and knows exactly how to push guys. Said I could expect to throw up early. Best advice he gave was "you have about a week until your first practice...run and do abs every single day. it won't stop the throwing up, but it'll make you last longer and the ab work will keep you from cramping up from the puking you're going to do".
Also, as far as gloves and pads, they apparently have a lot of those. They apparently clean them before each practice, but they encourage buying our own gloves. I am close to getting a job, which will open the door for me to buy my own stuff. Any suggestions and what and where to buy? Combat Sports is where a few amateur guys I know get their stuff, and they say it's pretty good quality.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:00 PM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:33 PM
Best advice he gave was "you have about a week until your first practice...run and do abs every single day. it won't stop the throwing up, but it'll make you last longer and the ab work will keep you from cramping up from the puking you're going to do".
Abs are definitely good, because you don't want to be soft in the gut region when you start getting hit there. Also, strong abs contribute to strong knee strikes, which (as they were my favorite and my specialty) I would highly recommend you use liberally.
Any suggestions and what and where to buy? Combat Sports is where a few amateur guys I know get their stuff, and they say it's pretty good quality.
3 bits of advice on gloves:
- Try them on and make sure the thumb strap doesn't rub too much on the webbing b/w your thumb and index finger.
- Do NOT get the gloves with the grip bar in the palm. It will interfere with your ability to grab your opponent.
- No matter how comfortable they might feel, don't get anything with gel inserts.
- Oh, and 4: get some gloves that have very sturdy, very tight wrist wraps around your wrist. Protect your wrists at all costs.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:59 PM
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