As a martial artist or fighter there are really only 2 ways your MMA training can go; either up so you are facing tougher, more well rounded competition or down meaning you are getting worked over by the lower ranks and newbies.
Hopefully you are one of those people who wants to see themselves improve and get to that next level as a Mixed Martial Artist, either because you want to fight or just want to gain more knowledge and ability. Whatever your desire for becoming better there are a few simple steps that you need to follow to take your MMA game to that next level.
1. You need to have proper nutrition
Tip #1 To Becoming An MMA Fighter is when you first started martial arts it was probably a goal to lose some weight or get in a little better shape. As you took classes regularly you most likely found that the extra exercise did the trick without really having to alter your diet drastically. If you want to be an elite fighter then guess what, your diet needs to change or your body won’t be able to keep up with the strain of rigorous training. This means you need to consult with someone knowledgeable about dieting for MMA, however you can cut out the sodas, candy, ice cream, fast food, and alcohol as a start. This will get you moving in the right direction and when you are ready you can add additional protein shakes, and vitamin pills into your diet.
2. You have to dedicate yourself to training
Tip #2 To Becoming An MMA Fighter is that it’s easy to say, “I want to be the best.” It’s not always easy to believe your the best. If you are serious about getting to the next level then you need to DEDICATE yourself to training. This means you will be spending a significant amount of time in the gym learning as much as you can to develop into a more complete mixed martial artist. This may not always be easy but if you want it and can spend the time taking additional classes then you will get where you want to be.
3. You have to add cardio into your training schedule
If you hate to run then you are probably going to hate this one. Cardio is one of the most important factors in becoming a serious martial artist, because a MMA fight can last 15 minutes for a non-title bout and up to 25 minutes if it is a title fight. Ask any seasoned MMA vet about the importance of proper cardio and he will tell you that you cannot become a champion without it. Don’t be a slacker, just do the cardio.
4. Find a qualified manager for your career
While this one doesn’t have to do with actual training it is important to have a qualified manager who knows the sport of MMA if you want to move up in the sport. If you do the training and are beating your opponents then you need to have someone in your corner to represent you and help you get the bigger fights and bigger pay days. Talk with your coach or someone at your gym to find the best manager to represent your MMA career, because in the long run it will pay off.
5. Learn as much as you can
This tip seems a bit obvious so it tends to be overlooked by many. Learn as much as you can doesn’t just mean going to class or seminars, it means study martial arts and I mean all martial arts. Study what is good from karate or Tae Kwon Do and learn how to add it into your game. Your coach can only teach you so much and his scope of knowledge may not extend to all martial arts styles. As a fighter it is easy to get wrapped up and just do what your coach says.
A true martial artist will study and take his or her training into their own hands. They will learn with it takes to be the ultimate martial artist and destroy their opponent with the most apt weapon.
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