Getting Started With MMA
Walking into a new gym for the first time is always intimidating. There's no way to know what the people will be like or if the class will meet your expectations. Whether you’ve studied martial arts before or not, coming to a new gym always feels like the first day of school.
The key to having a good experience with MMA is choosing a gym where the people are welcoming and the instructors are helpful and patient. All of our members are extremely friendly and welcoming to newcomers, so there’s no reason to worry. But if you're still unsure, here are a few tips for making your first class as stress-free as possible.
Tips for Your First MMA Class
1. Call ahead. It’s always a good idea to call or stop by the gym before your first class. That way one of our staff members can help steer you toward the best classes for beginners and fill you in on what equipment you may need (e.g., boxing gloves). If you like, you can even drop in to observe a class.
2. Don’t come on a full stomach. Avoid eating right before class. Have a snack or a small meal 1-2 hours prior, and stay hydrated throughout the day so you’ll be in prime shape to work out.
3. Bring a buddy. If you’re feeling nervous about coming, bring a friend along for your first class. This gives you the opportunity to try something new together while providing some reassurance that you won’t be the only newbie in class. That said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being the only newcomer! All of our members remember what it was like when they first started, and they’ll be more than happy to help you learn.
4. Arrive early. Get to the gym a few minutes early for your first class so you can meet your coach and tell him about yourself. Let him know what previous experience you have (if any) so he knows how much additional support and instruction you’ll need.
5. Check your ego at the door. This is a crucial lesson for fighters of all levels. There’s nothing wrong with not being able to do something perfectly the first time. It’s equally important to respect the knowledge of each individual coach.
If you’ve had any previous marital arts training, keep in mind that every school and every coach will teach techniques differently. Stay open-minded to all different fighting styles, even if one technique is different from your previous instruction. You may learn a new way to do something or at least incorporate part of what you learned into your own fight game.
6. Always be ready to learn. Some of the most valuable insights in a martial arts class come from other fighters. Your training partner is an excellent resource for information, and you can learn a lot simply by observing. However, you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions or ask your coach to repeat instructions.
Mixed martial arts can be a highly rewarding sport, but you'll never know unless you give it a try. Don't wait to get started! Give us a call today at (573) 424-5744 to begin your fight journey.