Getting good at mixed martial arts is not an easy task which is part of its appeal. Succeeding at MMA requires determination, consistent training, and good physical health. Using the following tips will help you further progress in your MMA training.
At some point, you will need to focus your mixed martial arts training on submission holds. This is the way many matches are won. Within seconds, a skilled competitor can go from losing a match to winning it with a properly executed submission hold. Obviously, you want to improve all of your skills and not rely solely on submission holds but they can be useful in close matches. You should still make time to study and practice skills such as the triangle choke and the rear naked choke. But these holds are dangerous so you need to practice them carefully and find someone experienced enough to teach them to you safely.
Grappling is usually the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about mixed martial arts. If you want to become a well rounded martial artist you’ll need to pay attention to striking and kicking techniques as well. Many modern MMA fighters like to train in muay thai kickboxing, as this is great cardio training and also teaches you powerful strikes with both your hands and feet. But you can also train in boxing and karate and get the same effect. Increasign your speed and perfecting your technique can be done with the help of a sparring partner, heavy bag or shadowboxing by your self. In order to be a great MMA fighter you need to have good ground and standup techniques.
LIke any sport, mixed martial arts is as much mental as physical. Becoming discouraged can easily happen if you feel you aren’t making any progress or that you’re stuck in a rut. Maybe you are having trouble learning a particular technique, or you’ve lost a few matches. Even when things aren’t going they way you had hoped for, it is important to maintain a positive outlook. Focusing on learning and practicing rather than on winning is the best approach.
You can learn from your losses as well as your wins, sometimes more so. Keep training and improving your conditioning and one day it will pay off. Progressing in your mixed martial arts will only happen with patience and persistence.
Truthfully, there will probably always be something new to learn when it comes to mixed martial arts. The nature of the sport mean there are changes all the time. You will need to be ready to change your approach and stay adaptable because of these changes. Keeping these tips in mind will help you get more from your MMA training. But most importantly, remember to have fun with your mixed martial arts training.