While nothing can beat in-person training, if your options are limited and you have all your equipment ready including your MMA gloves and a heavy bag, you can learn mixed martial arts in the comfort of your home. In the informative article below, we will present you some tips and tricks about how to start learning and working out alone or with friends at home.
Decide on the fighting discipline that you want to learn
The first step before taking on a martial art is to choose your style and to think about the reason why you want to learn it. There are many reasons as to why people decide to learn martial arts; it can be because they feel out of shape and want to be healthier and strong, or they want to learn how to defend themselves and become more confident.
The reason itself doesn’t matter, but it is important to find motivation because that will help you not give up even when things might get tough. Martial arts can also help you understand yourself better and are a very good way to boost self-respect and make you respect and understand others as well.
Furthermore, you will need to research different mixed martial arts and pick one that you find interesting. You don’t need to pick something just because it is popular. Additionally, researching will also broaden your knowledge of the fighting styles so that even if you are a novice, you can get a better idea of what is available for you to learn.
If you are looking to become a well-rounded fighter, you will need to develop solid kicking and punching skills. Some of the most common stand up disciplines in MMA are boxing, Taekwondo, Karate, and Muay Thai. You can decide what discipline you’re interested in pursuing by watching different fighters practice.
To summarize each style, Karate and Tae Kwon Do focus heavily on kicks and punches, boxing is all about punches, while Muay Thai focuses on ring movement, kicks, and punches.
Additionally, the striking skills should also be combined with wrestling and grappling skills if your focus is to be a true well-rounded fighter. Some of the common grappling styles that you can learn include Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and American wrestling.
Judo focuses on locks and throws while jiu-jitsu fighters concentrate on gaining a superior grappling position together with submitting and choking the opponent.
As mentioned above, it is best to take the time and research each fighting discipline so that you can be ready for what training for it will be like and avoid choosing a style that you can’t handle or you don’t find appealing.
Find useful resources
Once you have decided on what you want to learn, you can start by finding resources and equipment to help you get started. There are a lot of books or online videos that you can read or watch to get started. If this is your first time practicing the sport, you can consider going to a gym to take a few classes in MMA to teach you the basics.
However, we are aware that not everyone can afford to take these classes, and to this end, the internet is an almost limitless resource of information about how to learn MMA by yourself.
It also depends on what type of learner you are, as some might prefer a comprehensive book that shows each step in great detail, while others find it much easier to learn stances with the aid of a video tutorial. There are many videos on YouTube that can show you various techniques that you can practice.
You will also need to purchase fighting gear including hand wraps, gloves, headgear, and shin guards if you don’t yet have any. You can also invest in a heavy bag if you are planning to train alone and want to get the most out of your training sessions.
You may also participate in online MMA classes so that you can learn even more than if you trained alone. The downside is that these classes can be a tad expensive, whereas most video tutorials are available for free on the internet and you can get MMA training books from the local library.
With that said, it is important to realize that nothing can beat training in-person with a coach, and if you are looking to pursue any kind of pro career, there is only so much that these resources can accomplish.
Exercise and practice are key
If you don’t succeed at first, you don’t need to give up; it is entirely normal for your first few training sessions to make you feel overwhelmed, especially if you are out of shape. As such, you should try to perform exercises that suit your fighting style. So if you are a grappler, you should find exercises that can strengthen your core and back.
Conversely, if you are a striker primarily, you need to focus on exercises that can help increase your arm strength. Furthermore, you don’t need to focus only on building your strength, as cardio is just as important and you will need to try and incorporate it into your workout.
You can go running, riding a bike (or a stationary one), or anything else that can get your heart rate up. Make sure you search for more exercises that you can add to your routine so that you don’t get bored. To make things easier, you can rely on workout apps for your phone to help you manage and diversify your workout routine.
Practice is very important and while you will need to push yourself a bit at first, you don’t need to overdo it. Know your limits and try to overcome them but don’t go overboard with it. If you started by doing 30 kicks, you can try to add more repetitions after the first few training sessions.
Once you’ve mastered a technique, you can move on to more complicated moves but remember to come back to the stuff you’ve learned earlier so that you don’t forget it. It can be easy to fall into bad habits when training alone – this is why you should take the time to examine your stance and reset if you find it is not right.
Get a partner if you can
Training all by yourself can make it more difficult for you to develop the necessary skill, and the best way to progress is to find someone that you can train with. You don’t necessarily need to find someone that trains in the same style as you since he or she can be an effective training partner no matter the fighting discipline.
You can easily find a partner by asking some of your friends if they are interested in learning MMA with you, especially since having someone to learn with can make the whole experience a lot easier for both of you. Similarly, if you already know a friend that trains in MMA, you can ask him or her for tips, or to spar one day with you.
When training alone there is always the risk of stopping abruptly for various reasons, since there is no one there to give you the motivation you need and keep you going. Having a partner can help you continue learning until you’ve mastered your favorite MMA fighting style.