The Five Best Disciplines to Enter for MMA Beginners

Whether it be for hobby, competition, exercise, or any other case, getting into MMA will let you reap benefits from countless areas. MMA will increase not only your physical strength, but your mental strength too. However, if you’re just starting it can be tough to start, with all of the disciplines out there, it can be hard to choose which ones you should start with. Today, we’ll be taking a look at five different disciplines that I think are great for beginners looking to transition into MMA training, no matter what the reason.

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5. Boxing

Oh yeah, the sweet science. One of the largest fundamental discipline in MMA (If not the biggest), starting with boxing is probably easily the best route to take. Boxing will teach you the basics, such as the jab, hook, cross, uppercut, etc…Also, you’ll learn how to utilize footwork in motions you probably haven’t done before. On top of that, you’ll learn to take a punch as well, trust me.


The great thing though really about starting with boxing is it’s the core of a lot of footwork and punches, something you need to learn pretty well before you even considering throwing spinning heel kicks or flying knees. With boxing as well, you’ll learn to be disciplined. If you have never been an athlete or did much physical activity earlier in your life, don’t worry either.


Boxing will start on your own pace, and you’ll progress as an individual, it’s just you, not a team. With that though, combat sports are usually a lot more mentally grueling, so make sure you’re prepared because yes, jumping rope, pushing sleds, and hitting the bag for an hour is tiring, but getting smoked with a hook to the jaw and liver will certainly take a lot more out of you than those workouts ever will.


4. Wrestling

Ever heard the phrase, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”? Well, its pretty damn true. There isn’t another discipline on this list that will drain you physically as much as wrestling does. Between the constant fight for positioning, and having to push or pull someone else’s bodyweight off of you, it’ll gas you out a lot quicker than you think.


Wrestling is also often referred to as the most important aspect of MMA, which can certainly be true in a lot of situations. There’s really only one problem with starting with wrestling…There isn’t a plentiful amount of strict wrestling gyms around. Depending on your location, you may have to find classes offered at a local college, or a high school.


However, if you have an actual wrestling gym nearby, go out there and hop on the mat. Also, if you’re completely green to wrestling, just ask coaches to help you with the basics. They’ll run you through drills day in and day out and advance you at a good pace. Just get ready to sweat, because wrestling rooms always have the heat cranked up…always.


3. Jiu-Jitsu

Well if you’re a fan of wrestling, then you’ll certainly love jiu-jitsu. If for some reason you have no idea what this is, this is grappling at its finest with the ability to perform submissions, in simple terms. So many people start in with jiu-jitsu not only due to its popularity, but because of its competitive nature without getting beat up too bad like other disciplines.


That doesn’t mean you won’t get your ass beat, because trust me, you will. However, you won’t be getting punched in the face or kicked in the calf, but rather people trying to choke you or grab a limb of yours. In all seriousness though, jiu-jitsu is probably the easiest route to start to go for being introduced into MMA.


It offers fantastic cardio training, as well as an understanding of being on the “ground”, which is absolutely crucial in MMA, especially if you plan on competing. Classes are littered across most cities and towns across the country, and the world, so it should be a breeze finding classes to sign up for.


2. Karate

Although it isn’t exactly as fundamental as I’d recommend to someone completely green in combat sports, karate is still a great way to get a start. At some schools though, it may have a sluggish start, with not a lot of physical activity going on. You’ll learn the basic concepts and it will certainly teach you how to be disciplined and patient.


However, there are many different branches to karate, so depending on the type, you may have an intense beginning, but speaking from experience, it wasn’t exactly the case. Don’t let that discourage you from taking up karate though.


For MMA sakes, you’ll really start to understand range and timing efficiently, as well as learning a wide variety of strikes to use in your arsenal.


1. Muay Thai

Let’s end on one of the most intense disciplines known to man, shall we? If you enjoy violence, then starting off with muay thai for your road to MMA will certainly fulfill those needs. Muay Thai combines stand-up with clinching, making for some brutal ass KO’s in the sport. For beginners though, you’ll learn a lot about striking, closing distance, and how the clinch works.


Muay Thai isn’t the most popular discipline out there, but you should be able to find at least one gym in your town or nearby city to start training at. Also, for training purposes, you’ll really learn a wide, wide variety of striking techniques, so if that is a field of interest, I’d say Muay Thai is a great place to start.


Well, there you have it, five different disciplines that are great pathways to training for MMA. Don’t be scared to do more than just one of these, or hell, even all five if you really have the time. Until next time with some MMA Knowledge, we’ll catch you later.

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