The world of Mixed Martial Arts has grown rapidly since we first saw the UFC emerge on to the scene back in the early 90′s. It has gone from individual martial artists stepping into the cage to represent what they do, to athletes learning as much as they can from each art and combining it together to be a complete fighter.
A common misconception that many people still have is that if they train in MMA then they have to fight as well. This school of though is completely archaic as there are thousands of people who train in both MMA and BJJ but and never step into a cage either on the amateur or professional level. That said, why in the world would anyone want to train in MMA if they don’t plan on competing?
There are many reasons to take up MMA training and one of the most popular is to lose weight and get in shape. According to Calorie Count on About.com an average 150 pound person will burn off 710 calories doing Jiu-Jitsu for one hour and 816 calories doing boxing for one hour. MMA will fall somewhere around these two activities because it is very similar in nature to both of them. If you are serious about losing weight then it is important to find an activity that you enjoy doing. A common reason that people quit their fitness regimen is because it isn’t fun and it feels like work. If you go in with the right mindset then you will find mixed martial arts fun and will forget about the whole burning calories aspect.
Another reason people take up martial arts is because they want to learn self defense. If you search through the list of schools in your area you will most likely come to find that there are some MMA gyms out there that offer classes for self defense, especially for women. A qualified instructor will teach you the stand up aspects of the sport that can be translated into self defense and show you the way BJJ and the ground game can save your life as well.
If you are thinking about starting MMA you should not worry about having to step into a cage or spar if you don’t want to. Many of the instructors who teach MMA separate their fight teams from the average Joe’s walking in off of the street. They understand that their class is going to be made up of doctors, lawyers, teachers, contractors, and other folks who want to train but cannot afford to get injured and miss time from work. Don’t miss out one being a part of a great sport and lifestyle just because you are worried about having to step in a cage in order to train MMA.MMA Training For Health & Fitness, Related Posts