Tips for Going to your First MMA Class
If you are going to your first MMA class, the best thing you can do is be prepared. You don’t want to make a fool of yourself, waste your time, or waste the time of the students and teachers. It is important to educate yourself on the sport of MMA and everything that comes with it. Reading is a great way to learn the basics of MMA. If you show up having done your homework and research, you are likely to gain a lot more respect and trust from your fellow students and teachers. They will see that you are taking this seriously and it matters to you. It is important to remember they have been doing this their whole lives, and it is their livelihood. You don’t want to disrespect them.
Another great way to be ready for your first MMA class is to watch as many MMA fights as possible. With YouTube, the Internet, streaming, and physical media, you have many ways to watch various bouts. You will see how the fights go down in live action. While it is great to read about it, some people are more visual learners. If they see how it all takes place, they will know what to expect out of it. They won’t show up and look like someone that is completely uninformed on the topic.
Another big thing in the MMA community is being in shape and being physically fit. You need to be in shape and be ready for the class as far as all of the training that will come with it. If you can’t keep up and you find yourself falling behind because you are tired and worn out, the others won’t respect you. Before you even think about jumping into an MMA ring, make sure you are in good shape. You don’t have to be jacked right away. However, it would help if at least you looked like you worked out once in a while and took your health seriously.
You also have to have the proper equipment in terms of clothing. You can’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt. You have to look the part of someone that is ready to get into an MMA ring. Again, this is a dangerous sport. If you are not taking it seriously, you could get seriously injured. That is not an attempt to get people to stay away from it. It is just letting them know what to expect and what they need to put into it if they are going to get ahead in the world of MMA.
For some people, they are simply dipping their toe into the world of MMA and an MMA class. They don’t have any desire to take it further. Maybe they want it for self-defense if they run into issues down the line. For others, they are looking to see if they can perhaps make it into the MMA world. This will be a true test for them. The first class is always going to be the hardest, so they should know that going into the class. They want to weed out the fakes from those that are the real deal.
It is important to respect the world of MMA. People have put in a lot of hours training and preparing to be a teacher or to be an MMA fighter. Because of these reasons, you need to respect their world and respect their rules. This can’t just be a hobby or something you take lightly. You need to respect them and listen to what they tell you. As the old expression goes, “Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.” You can learn a lot from them. It is OK to ask questions, but wait until that time comes either during the class or at the end of the class.
If you follow these tips, you will get the most out of your first MMA class experience. It will be rewarding and it will push you in the best possible way. It will show you what you are made of and what you can bring to the table as a human being and as a fighter.