Posted by MoN18kEy
I want to do MMA as well what is ur suggestion for me I live in Orlando Fl, I am 18 i have wrestled for 6 years olympic wrestling. and i want to compete really badly i wanna start training for the new year and 8 days after i am going to turn 18. I was a regional champion 2 years in a row. Can you give me some suggestions
I don't know the Orlando scene at all so you'll have to wait for someone else to give you specifics, but I do know that Florida has a large Brazilian population which should mean plenty of schools down there. I think ATT and Franca train around Ft Lauderdale and there are a lot of good boxers who pass through the Miami area.
But to start I think you could go to any decent school that teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitus (or no-gi sub grappling--there are a lot of names and spinoffs nowadays) and either a boxing or Muay Thai gym. If $$ is an issue (you said you're 18, right
) then you might check out judo and boxing at the local YMCA or rec center. Either way you have some technique to learn and, at least as importantly, you have to learn if you like getting subbed/subbing and getting hit/hitting people. It's different than wrestling and it's not for everyone (it's actually not for very many people at all). I would look for a school with an experienced instructor in those styles where you have a mixture of technique training and open sparring sessions (note: they may make you train for a while before letting you spar for the boxing/MT gyms). If you look up a few places on-line or in the phone book post some links or descriptions here and I'm sure people will give you some advice. If you like the training and are holding your own sparring/rolling try to get a few fights/tourneys locally as an amateur--MMA, boxing and/or grappling.
If that goes well and you're picking up the techniques and tempo quickly (like many wrestlers do) then I'd think about making some real life changes and that might mean moving closer to ATT or one of the big gyms out there. If you are training out of a place like that and beating most of the guys you spar with I think you're going to get pulled aside and asked if you'd like to get some fight experience.
One thing I'll point out because you come from a wrestling background which I assume was run through your school is that instructors/competition/tournaments are not as consistently organized in other combat sports. While you can usually trust your coach and trust the pedigree/records/rankings of other wrestlers it's tough to do that with any of the amateur martial arts--there are a lot of "International Grand World Champions" out there who don't know anything but how to talk big. Just like with wrestling, you make your life a lot easier in boxing/MT/BJJ if you learn techniques the correct way right from the start. If not, you'll start sparring and compensating for technique with speed, agression and strength which is only going to get you so far and is tough to unlearn. So if you're unsure about the instructor qualifications try to talk to someone who knows the scene out there or, if there isn't anybody, ask in these types of forums.