trying to get into mma

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danny81
6/19/07 3:40:57PM
hi i am 15 16 in 2 months. and i really love MMA but i cant find a gym. anyway i am already a boxer so i decided to base my striking off that and i recently joined my HS wrestling team to help my grappling game. so what can i take from boxing into MMA? i am assuming all the punches and defensive maneuvers work same with the blocking and parrying.
MattHughes
6/19/07 4:09:29PM
yeah boxing is great for mma striking, of course in mma your stance will be different as you have to be ready to block kicks, defend the takedowns and so on but it will help alot for your striking power, speed, accuracy. wrestling is also great stick with that while your in highschool. you may want to take muay thai later on at least for a little so you can properly learn kicks elbows and knees and the defense to everything, than if you want you can go back to boxing or whatever. and learn either judo or bjj, your wrestling will help you some with those. thats just my opinion but good luck.
danny81
6/19/07 4:20:57PM
i really want to lear some others, but the only other option for me is kickboxing. i will start to take that up in a little while.

now my first question for you guys. obviously the stance wont work but what about the footwork? or the 4 basic punches the jab, cross, hooks, and uppercuts. im 99% sure they work and i havee seen them work i just wanted to know if there is any suttle changes in them i dont see?

also what about combinations. can the basic boxing combinations work in MMA?
Rush
6/19/07 5:00:00PM
IMO, MMA has shown that almost anything can work as long as you know how to use it.

Examples are that some guys have a lot of success with unorthodox fighting and some don't. Some guys can pull off judo style throws and some can't.

Find your groove and what you feel comfortable with and build from there. I am comfortable and skilled with grappling, but if I wanted to get into MMA I would seek out a boxing/Muay Thai coach to teach me stand-up.

I find that some of the better fighters in MMA are specialists in one style (stand-up, wrestling, BJJ, etc.) and form their game off of that.

You are only 15 and have at least 5 years to still build your core ability. However, I don't know how good you are in anything so it's hard for me to say, go do this or that. Since you're only 15 my guess is that you could/should get another 3-5 years in serious boxing with cross training to get used to grappling, that is, if you want to be more of a stand-up fighter.

Others may argue the fact that you can teach a grappler how to punch easier than you can teach a puncher how to wrestle. Thus, you should focus on BJJ and wrestling.

With that said, your best bet (if you are really serious about getting into MMA) is probably seek out an MMA camp and ask the professionals what they think. If you can't find a gym in your area, find out if there is one in your state (a reputable one) and travel there for a day. Like I said, a lot of it depends on how serious you are about it.
danny81
6/19/07 5:14:05PM
o alright great. but one other question. can you block punches lik you do in boxing for example can you catch a jab in MMA? or block body shots with your elbows or forarms. wil this work or wil it hurt your body to much? i mean obviously it is better to dodge the punches but is it ok to block once in a while
richieb19
6/19/07 5:43:17PM
How long have you been boxing? In my long experience as a MMA fan I've always found that fighters that come in with a strong base always do very well... my advice to you is to stick with boxing, and wrestling to if you have time (I assume it's folkstyle or freestyle?), and don't get ahead of yourself, falling into the typical stereotypes that you need Muay Thai and/or BJJ to succeed... and to answer your question, blocking and parrying punches may be a little more difficult in MMA competition because of the largely reduced glove size, however the speed, power, combination and countering abilities you'll have learned will never let you down...

Hope this helps you... keep your chin up... actually, keep it down...
Mastodon2
6/19/07 6:40:16PM

Posted by danny81

o alright great. but one other question. can you block punches lik you do in boxing for example can you catch a jab in MMA? or block body shots with your elbows or forarms. wil this work or wil it hurt your body to much? i mean obviously it is better to dodge the punches but is it ok to block once in a while



The traditional boxing "shield defence" (you probably have your own name for it) of propping both your gloves together infront of your face as a shield is not valid in MMA, the punches will just bolt through the shield. Forearm blocks and parreying are a more viable idea.
danny81
6/19/07 8:24:36PM
alright thanks alot guys. the slip doesnt work that well but used sparingly it should be good right? same with blocks and parrys. do you agree?
fullerene
6/21/07 3:31:57PM
You're off to a good start, kid. I get frustrated with American 15-16 year olds joining poorly organized, poorly taught and somewhat expenive "MMA gyms" when their schools offer wrestling programs.

Eventually you're going to need to learn submissions and kicking, but for the time being you're ahead of 99% of the people your age if you're wrestling and boxing...and learning them this young you'll never completely lose that base.
danny81
6/21/07 4:11:29PM
yah. thanks. i am going to start learning kickboxing once get 1-2 years of boxing
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