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MMA: Mixed Martial Arts Tips to Help You Reach Your Full Potential

Updated on May 9, 2011

MMA, mixed martial arts in short, is one of the best ways to increase your conditioning and skill set. While there are some who focus on competition, many people learn mixed martial arts as a hobby. Whatever your ambitions, we'll explore some helpful guidelines for you to follow to help you reach your MMA goals.

Cardio Training

Cardio training is your key to success. You will not find a shortcut around this. You cannot compete effectively without conditioning no matter how skilled you are. If you've seen a MMA fight or boxing match you know what happens to fighters who run out of energy too quickly.

You can come up with your own cardio routine. This may involve running outside or on a treadmill, jumping rope or cycling. Whatever the routine, it's something you have to give a lot of attention to if you want to get anywhere in mixed martial arts training.

Personal Coach

Hiring a trainer can be helpful to your progress. You will soon see that this one on one attention, unlike the mass mixed martial arts classes, will help you achieve greatness quickly.

The best trainers are people who compete, or who have competed in many MMA events, so they have wide experience to draw from. It's a good idea to have different trainers for each aspect of the sport. Motivation and improvement are only a few of the skills a trainer can help you build quickly.

Mental Arts

Mixed martial arts, like many other sports, is as much mental as it is physical. If you start to feel that you're in a rut or that you're not making progress, it can be easy to become discouraged. It could happen when you have trouble with a new technique or if you've lost the last few fights. But it's important to keep a positive outlook even when things aren't going the way you hoped they would. The best approach at times like this is to focus on learning and practicing rather than on winning.

Remember, even when you lose you can learn, sometimes even more than when you win. You will see your continued training and conditioning pay off one day. Patience and persistence in your training is the only way you will see progress in mixed martial arts.

If you are dedicated to it you will reap the benefits of all that MMA has to offer. Don't mistake this information as a substitute for regular training and workouts as they are only meant to supplement that. How far you go in mixed martial arts is largely a matter of your own determination.


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      Marty Neville 7 years ago

      Good advice. Definitely one way to reach your full potential.

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      Martial Arts Training Equipment 7 years ago

      I think to reach your full potential you need to study with a great instructor, and train with other martial artist that have the same goals as you do. That way you can push each other.