In order to do well and compete in MMA, you must be properly trained and well versed in both stand-up and grappling fighting techniques. Here are some martial arts style suggestions that can help you progress down the path fighting MMA.

  • Stand up Fighting Techniques:
    • Muay thai
    • Boxing
    • San shou kung fu
    • American kickboxing
    • Shidokan
    • Kyokushin Karate
  • Grappling Fighting Techniques:
    • Brazilian jiu-jitsu (bjj)
    • Wrestling
    • Judo
    • Sambo (combat sambo also has stand-up).

Some schools teach straight-up MMA which is a combination of some of the styles mentioned above.

You must learn at least one of each (stand up and grappling), the most common ones are muay thai, BJJ, and wrestling. Bear in mind that professional MMA fighters train about 25-30 hours a week.

Once you have progressed in your techniques, probably after 6 months to a year, your teacher will tell you if you are ready to fight.  He / she can help you get a local amateur fight.  After you have had a few amateur fights, you can fight pro.

Once you have started fighting and winning consistent pro fights against tough fighters, the opportunities to go further will present themselves.  There are many MMA fighters, but not many at the top-level.

Most importantly: train, train, train, train!!!

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