I am looking to get into MMA. I think being able to defeat another man in mano-a-mano combat is one of the manliest, most enjoyable, and most challenging endeavors you can engage in. I should have done this thing years earlier, but now I am prepared and ready to get into a cage and beat a man senseless. I am starting on this journey now.
I am surely on the old side to start a sport, being 28. But, I believe in myself. I feel that I have talent in this area, and regret that I didn't start sooner. But, better late than never I suppose. Are there any MMA or Boxing, Wrestling, Karate/Judo guys, etc. on here?
I figure that, within about 3 years, I'll be in solid, formidable fighting shape. I'll train hard, and get about 20 or so amateur fights in. Then, I'll have at least a chance to go pro depending on what I can accomplish up to that point.
I too am taking up MMA, I'm interested in Muay Thai and Brazilian Ju Jitsu especially, there is a fight school near to where I live and a friend and I are going to try it next week. As to you thinking you are on the old side, nonsense! 28 is very young and you're in your prime, in the old days boxers fought into their 50's as did most sportsmen. But good luck with your manly endeavor!
Well Chu, at least you're realistic about your goals.
I was never interested in MMA for use to defend myself on the streets. I learned to box from a pretty young age, took up BJJ in high school, and picked up some wrestling and what not along the way. I learned what works for me, and I've created a very "dirty" style of boxing. Don't get me wrong, I still train in normal boxing fashion, but things are different when you're tired, off guard and wearing boots and jeans instead of shoes and trunks. MCMAP is cool and all, fun to do, but even my Platoon Sergeant says what I do would probably work better in most circumstances than what he teaches.
That's my personal experience, MMA is a good tool for learning the moves and muscle memory, but the tactics and mental aspect come from learning what you could expect, which could be anything in a street fight, and training to react to that.
I guess learn what works for you, make it your own, and never stop adapting.