Is it worth it to pursue? It has been a desire of mine to become a professional martial artist or teacher.
Anyone here have any opinions as to whether or not it is logical to pursue a fighting career.
I always had a passion for martial arts ever since i was about 6 years old, now im almost twenty five and i havent really accomplished anything outside of the local dojo. Anyone here feel like martial arts is their calling but are a little star crossed as to whether or not they can or should do it?
And how would you start, just enroll in tournaments and beat people? lol.
Anyone else here my age who is curious about being a professional fighter?
if you want to be Dana White's (or some other promoter's) little bytch than go ahead.
If you think you want to fight, you need to start soon.
You're 25, how much ring experience do you have, and in which kind of venues?
Hi Tim, hi enforcer, i hope you guys are well
I need to start!!! I know!!! It just reinforces it, to hear it from someone else.
To be honest, and to really put my self out there as a dum dum, i have 0 pro or amateur ring experience. I just practice and spar when i have time.
Would you guys be able to give me some info on how to get started?
I feel like its time to test myself, and find out if this is really what i want to do, and if i have what it takes. Im getting old... lol
What kind of venue do you want to fight in?
start competing in smaller events just to gain experience without getting too much damage. Personally I like Sanshou, pankration and grappling tournaments to start, and move on to MMA. It goes without saying that you need to prepare yourself well, lots of cardio, strenght and conditioning, sparring before you compete. I see many guys who compete in amateur levels that they gas out after few minutes due to the lack of proper training, a tournament no matter what kind, is not the place to realize you did not do your homework.
Hi Tim and william, Thanks for the reply.
Thanks william, for the advice. Im guessing that to participate in one of these small events all you have to do is sign up? Sorry if im asking too many questions, im going to do some more research on it tonight.
Hello Tim, I should be working on my ground game. I really want to get into the mma and/or Brazilian jiujitsu and judo venues.
So what should i do?
Recently, I just let one of my fighters go. He wasn't doing the things I thought a true fighter should be going. I asked him if he wanted "to fight" or "to be a fighter"? Turns out that he just wanted to fight. I don't want to be associated (training wise)with those types of guys.
I can't even watch these local pro and amateur bouts, for I think it's a disgrace to the "art of MMA".
Most of these guys have no fundamental skills in wrestling, striking or submission. They just want to go back to their friends and tell them a cool story about the time the were in a MMA fight.
It's different if you have a solid wrestling background and have developing fundamental skills in BJJ and striking.
It's different if you are a high level blue belt in BJJ or above and or blackbelt level Judoka while you are also sincerely trying to develop your wrestling and striking skills.
It's different if you have a solid background in a "full contact" striking art/sport and still sincerely working on your wrestling/BJJ skills.
But most of the guys I see are too captivated by just "fighting", rather than being captivated by the process of becoming a true mixed martial artist.
Getting a fight these days is easy.
Becoming a "true mixed martial artist" isn't easy. It requires leaving your ego at a lot of doors, tapping to guys have your size, but with twice your ability, getting punched in the face and kicked in the legs so many times that you'd want to call 911, it requires the humbling experience of having good wrestlers take you down before you can think about throwing a kick or punch and lastly...conditioning!!! The conditioning alone wins and loses most fights before fight night.
It's a journey that can be "zen-like" if you allow it. Knowing how to contruct fighter out of a lack of ego, along with pride, your fears and perserverance, self-confidence, self-control, the willingness to always be "a student" and the toughness of not quiting...and knowing when too much is too much.
As you see, I've been in and around this "art" for a long time. Long before the TUF shows and Dana White.
I want the world to see we art "martial artist"...mixed martial artist, not just a step above a "toughman competition.
As I watched Kenny Florian's face at the end of his fight with BJ Penn, I felt his warrior spirit. The spirit to train hard, train with an open-mind, train to win and train with the fact that he may lose in front of millions viewers, his freinds, teammates and family. Yet, he didn't wave his sword on the keyboards, but with his heart and skill he competed in the cage.
So, I ask you the same thing I asked my fighter.
a)Do you just want to fight?
b)Do you want to be a real mixed "martial artist"?
Backarcher you nail it! I have seen many lousy figthers. I was once asked by a guy who wanted me to train him to fight in MMA, when I asked about his experience the firts thing that came up was "street figthing". Needless to say his skill was bad and he never showed up after I explained to him that he needed to work from the basics.
One of the things that many MMA clubs lack is what more tradicional martial arts schools have, the later create martial artists. Cheers
You should copy and paste this just about everyplace there's any discussion about MMA.
I want to train to be the best martial artist i can be.
Mentally physically and spiritually.