How to Start Training for UFC

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is one of the highest-level professional Mixed Martial Arts competitions. To train to fight in the UFC implies that you have reached a high level of proficiency in your chosen style, and you are ready to begin training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). To get to this level, most people begin their martial arts training at a young age (usually by ten years of age) in child-level karate, boxing, wrestling or some other martial arts discipline. Some begin as teens with high school wrestling. Few can begin as adults (over 20yrs) and be successful in UFC fighting.

Things You'll Need

  • Local MMA gym or martial arts and conditioning gym
  • Coaches
  • Workout/Sparring equipment such as gloves, towel, workout clothes, mouthgear

UFC Training Takes Bood, Sweat and Tears

  • Find a local gym in that trains in mixed martial arts. There are some gyms (such as American Top Team, Brazilian Top Team, Lion's Den, Team Punishment and Miletich Martial Arts) that have consistently produced famous MMA champions. If you cannot get to one of these gyms at least three days a week, you must search elsewhere.

  • Training using videos and books about techniques, training, MMA, self-defense, boxing and such is a fine supplemental method, but working out by yourself will never enable you to verify that you are training correctly and reaching your limits.

  • Start mixing your own martial arts if there are no MMA gyms in your area. Make a commitment to attend a boxing gym, wrestling, ju-jitsu, and karate dojos and a strength and conditioning gym several days a week. Research online how other UFC fighters divide their week. Some box two days, wrestle two days, and take one day of rest.

  • Find a champion to help evaluate you. Travel to one of the well-known gyms where a top UFC fighter works out to work out for a few days and have professionals evaluate you and explain areas you need to work on. Your boxing may be fine but your conditioning may need extra attention, for instance. Once you get professional advice, you can work with local resources to follow the "doctor's" orders.

  • Finf out where MMA tournaments are being held near you. Once and your coaches feel you can start competing, enter the tournaments and see how well you do. If you lose, you have concrete proof of areas you need to work on. When you start winning, you must constantly set higher goals and upgrade your training to continue winning. When you have enough experience that you and your coaches feel you can compete at the level of the UFC, you are ready to try out.

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