It’s an easy concern, without any easy response: Hey, I want to start fighting MMA, where do you believe I should train?
Truth is, signing up with a fitness center is a profound choice, even for the layman: you work eight-plus hours a day, commute half an hour each method, and after striking the health club for a session and a shower, that leaves an only couple of hours for family … sleep and repeat.
Which implies you much better pick carefully, since, let’s face it, all fitness centers are not developed equal. There’s no question that the direction you receive at an elite-level health club eclipses that of a mid-tier gym. Just think of how you’ll feel after an entire year of training, you get in a jiu jitsu competition, and even take an amateur MMA fight, and after a terrible loss you realize that if you ‘d just paid the additional $50 a month for the health club down the street you might be two, three times much better.
For the expert fighter it might mark the end.
Other than advising you to seek out a gym with a great track record, I do not have the answers, so I dropped by Reign Training Center, in Orange County, California, and watched head coach and Middleweight UFC fighter, Mark Munoz, supervise a training session with his team, which includes UFC fighters Tom Watson, Patrick Cummins, and Kailin Curran.
After practice, Mark broke down his requirements for picking the best gym into four tiers: chemistry, team strength, attitude towards sparring, and area.
This is more important than you may believe. Teammates are household, and just like any family, competitions quickly occur, bitterness fester, so trust and communication are vital– unfortunately, that’s tough to judge with a drop-in check out.
” You need to satisfy individuals,” Mark told me, “see a practice and mingle to see if you gel. Sit with the coaches, speak about your objectives, and see if this is someplace you want to call home. Because as a professional fighter you’ll wind up spending day in and day out with those men, so you’ve got to make sure the health club deals with an individual level. That’s number one.”
Sadly, this isn’t rote mathematics, and a health club’s strength bears an inverted relationship to your shortages. By that I indicate, if you hail from a muay Thai background, you ‘d better sharpen your fumbling or risk costs your next night under the lights with your back on the mat, searching for invested bulbs.
” Look for a camp that’s going to resolve your weaknesses,” Mark said. “The guys at Alpha Male are awesome at battling, so if that’s your weakness then that’s an excellent choice. However you also have to consider the [physical] size of the group. I trained at Alpha Male, and I love those men– they’re like siblings from another mother– but I needed bigger people to offer me an appropriate feel for what I ‘d deal with in the cage.”
Attitude Toward Sparring
All the training in the world isn’t worth a damn if you’re constantly injured. Some gyms, the fighters bang up until somebody’s dropped versus the fence or limping into the parking lot. It’s an ego thing: you go hard, I go harder, you go harder still, etc., and so on
” I always say, ‘If you break your toys, you have absolutely nothing to have fun with.’ There’s an unique line in between going hard, and harming your friends,” Mark said. “And it’s the coach’s job to make sure everyone is assisting. You wish to create an environment where everybody’s going hard, but where they also care about one another. Some coaches will state, ‘Okay, Jimmy, you’re breaking X and I desire you to break him, hit him hard as you can.’ Thats bad. That’s how men get hurt, and it happens all the time. Especially with new men, they’re fresh meat in many places.”
Local MMA GYMS
This isn’t about choosing a fitness center that’s close to your home. If your goal is the crown, you need to sacrifice and transfer to the camp that best suits your needs, as have countless elite fighters. It’s a short profession, so don’t misuse it due to the fact that you’re homesick. And by area, I suggest the quantity and quality of different fitness centers in the location.
” Some gyms are the only video game in the area, so they have everything under one roof,” Mark said, “that’s how it is for Alpha Male and Greg Jackson– they’re in the middle of nowhere. However here in Southern California, or in Vegas, there are ten gyms in a 5 mile radius. That’s why fighters around here train kickboxing in one location, and jiu jitsu in another, then they enter Reign for wrestling and MMA. I help fighters put all the disciplines together, since a jiujitsu coach isn’t going to know exactly what to do when the punches begin flying.”
So that’s the offer. 4 simple criteria … and still, no easy answers.