Choose the Right Gym
One quick way to deter your MMA career very early on is to join a gym that doesn’t resonate with you and your goals. Do your research on a few gyms and try them out if they offer a trial membership, so you can get a feel for how they are run and the type of regimen and vibe they hold.
You should know beforehand what kind of training you are looking to take on. If MMA is something of a hobby for you, then you should look for a gym like that with lighter energy where you can still learn. If you are trying to get more serious though, look for gyms that have a good reputation and have been known to spit out high quality, championship caliber fighters.
Form Should Be Your Main Focus
The fundamentals get overlooked a lot in sports across the board. Most beginners want to get as flashy as they can and as soon as possible. Starting on your path without keeping in mind that you should be constantly aware of how you move about the ring in all facets of MMA could lead to an early disaster.
An injury is right around the corner for you when you start to lose form. Keeping form in a bout, even when losing power that you had at the start of it, will help you build technique. Your body will start to remember, and you will retain your strength and speed while doing everything fundamentally. Pushing through pain and muscle failure is often recommended, but in this case, you should shun that idea.
Endurance is Essential
Your MMA career isn’t a 40-yard dash. It’s a marathon. And unless you come out of the gate knocking people out in the first round every fight, you must work on endurance. Even if you do get many first round KO’s, one day you will run into someone who won’t go down so easily, and you will have to go the distance.
Working to build your conditioning up to iron man levels, is essential to being a well-rounded fighter. Starting out you may want to go all out, but in the early stages you should start slow and cross-train in different areas to lay the groundwork for a complete body. That means agility training to cultivate quick feet, strength training to build power, and cardio along with some yoga to build endurance and flexibility.
If you want to get better at MMA, yeah, you could take lessons and practice on your own to improve a little. There’s no better way to test your skills than to get in the ring and put what you learn to the test in a semi-real bout, though. You don’t want to start out going full-out fighting in your first times in the gym, but even some light sparring to get you used to get hit and the energy and mindset it takes to be in the ring can do wonders.
When you spar, you will learn what spots you like, what kind of moves fit your style, and how much damage you can handle at that point in your training. It is even better to spar with someone who is way more experienced than you. They can get you acquainted with different strategies you can implement in different situations and show you the many mistakes you might make early on in your training.