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Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in recent history and attracts many people. There are more and more people wanting their kids to learn, or learn themselves, how to become an MMA fighter. At our Sovereign schools, the programs we’re offering are filling quickly and our martial arts family is growing. So many people are asking: how do I get started with MMA as a beginner? In this article, we will break the answer down for you into five simple steps!


1 – Why Should I Learn MMA?two mma fighters in the ring sparring

Before getting started, you have to know why mixed martial arts is beneficial for you. The most obvious reason is learning how to fight correctly. This means knowing how to defend yourself in every dangerous situation, but also knowing how to avoid fighting if possible. Fighting inside the gym is completely different than fighting outside the gym. You learn to always solve conflicts without getting physical, but if you’re being pushed in a violent situation you know how to defend yourself.

Another important aspect of martial arts is character development. All MMA fighters have the mindset of a warrior; a strong person with discipline, respect, and patience. You learn to face your fears and build deep, loyal friendships with your teammates.


2 – Understanding The Three Main Areas of Fighting

If you’re wondering how to start learning MMA, you have to understand the three main areas of fighting. This helps you to decide what martial art disciplines you can devote your time learning.


Stand-up: Stand-Up fighting occurs while both opponents are standing on their feet, using hands, feet, elbows, and knees to fight. The main styles for stand-up fighting are Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate and Taekwondo.


Clinch: Both fighters are standing, but the clinch differs from stand-up fighting as the fighter are body-to-body. Also, they are allowed to hold one another fighting for position and leverage rather than delivering strikes. The styles used in the clinch are Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu.


Ground: As it is easy to assume, in this style of fighting, the opponents are laying on the ground. The techniques used on the ground are Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and Judo.


3 – Deciding What to Focus On

What makes MMA so interesting is that you do not only focus on one martial art. As the name suggests, multiple disciplines are learned in order to fight with a variety of different skills. If you are a beginner, it makes sense to learn a single martial art first before getting into MMA. It’s important to learn some basics in order to decrease the risk of injuries and make sure you practice your skills correctly.


legs wearing shin guards on a blue gym floor4 – Finding a Professional Martial Arts Gym

A very important step is to choose a professional martial arts gym. At Sovereign Martial Arts you’ll find a safe learning environment with experienced instructors. For us it’s important that you’re safe in every step of your journey, wearing the right gear and having a good technique. Ou Sovereign family is supportive and helps you wherever they can which makes you reach your goals. We recommend starting a trial in order to get a first impression of our schools in Rahway, Howell or Belleville and to get to know our team. If you’re interested, get in contact with us!


5 – Start Training

As someone who is new to martial arts, you should start training slow and know your limits. At Sovereign Martial Arts everyone is training at their own pace. Our instructors are experienced and know how to support you on your journey. Always remember: you’re not training because you want to show everyone you’re the strongest, the toughest or the best. Everyone is learning and getting better together, and we support each other!


Join our programs at Sovereign Martial Arts

If you’re searching for the perfect MMA gym for you, we would be happy to welcome you soon to one of our schools. We offer a variety of martial art classes for every age and level of experience. If you have any further questions, give us a call, send us a Facebook message or an email!