7 things to consider before joining a MMA Gym.
How to Find a Good MMA Gym
There are several important factors that you will want to consider before
choosing a MMA gym.
- The instructors need to represent themselves truthfully. Would you
really want to train with someone that claimed to be a internationl
black belt champion if they never competed?
- Also, does the instructor do what they say they will do? No sense
in learning from a bozo that says "I won't hit you" and immediately
punches you in the nose.
- Every MMA instructor has a training and fighting philosophy. Do they
believe that it's important for beginners to master the basics before
learning more advanced techniques? How about fight competitions, should
you pace yourself and react to your opponent or should you set the fight
rhythm finish the fight quickly.
- Also, do they favor judo or wrestling take downs? Is Muay Thai, Boxing,
brazillian jiu-jitsu, ground and pound, or praying and waiting the preferred
approach in a fight?
- So what if the instructor used to be a professional mixed martial arts
fighter. The real question is can you teach and coach well enough so you
are able to fight well?
- It can be akward training in a mixed martial arts school if it's hard
to get along with the people that train there.
- It's rare, but there are MMA instructors that don't care about their students.
Find a new MMA school if this is the case.
In addition to the MMA instructor, the existing students in your class will usually
determine your training experience. The students that make the best training
partners are people that you get along with, are willing to teach what they
learn, and do not easily give up! LocationThere will be many days where
you will feel exhausted from school or work and want to not train because
the MMA school you choose is simply too far away. If you fall into this
category, consider enrolling in the school that's closest to your apartment
Another factor to consider is if there's adequate parking, does the parking
lot have pot holes or broken glass, and if there's adequate lighting so
you don't trip over a rock after an exhausting training sesssion.
What do you notice when you first walk into the room? Does the air smell
foul, are the mats clean, how about the locker room? Is there adequate space
so you won't get accidentally hit in the back of your head by someone that
didn't see you?
Does class start late enough so you can get there after school or work
on time and does class end early enough so you can get up in time the next
morning and is the class length appropriate for your fitness and fighting
What type of equipment does the school have? It doesn't have to be brand
new but it should be clean and sanitary.
Is it affordable? A lot of schools allow new students to try 1 or 2 classes
before they have to pay. If you're uncertain, ask the instructor if it's possible to train for a couple of weeks.