With the popularity of UFC, interest in MMA is growing bigger each day. Kids are now eager to jump into the cage to emulate their UFC heroes. However, this sport is one of the toughest sports in the world, and its training requires dedication and a lot of hard work. It is required for every MMA athlete to possess an incredible power, speed, strength, endurance and above all a sound technique, if he/she wishes to compete against top fighters in the game.
Here you will learn about some of the best training methods that are used by top MMA professionals.
- Focus on Discipline
When you are starting out with MMA training, first thing you need to achieve is discipline. You can’t just train for a couple of weeks and expect to be ready for a fight. You have to bring discipline into your life, your body and mind, and your diet.
MMA is a combination of many fighting techniques such as martial arts, boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and taekwondo. You can also learn about other fighting styles to make yourself unique from other fighters. However, in order to learn different styles you need to learn from expert trainers of that particular style.
- Power Endurance and Plyometric Exercises
MMA is all about the ability to hurt your opponent, and able to take punishment in 3-5 round with each round lasting 5 minutes. This is one of the hardest thing to do and it requires a tremendous level of power endurance training if you want to stand any chance of lasting 25 minutes. You can achieve this by performing explosive exercises for about 60 seconds each and it should last 5 rounds. Get 30 minutes of rest in between each exercise. The workout includes:
- Push Ups
- Pull Ups
- Heavy bag punching
- Dumbbell snatch
- Bench Presses
- Ground and pound ABS
Tip: You can reduce the rest period over the period of time as you build your endurance and stamina.
Plyometric exercises are good for generating power and speed. It is important to have 2-3 plyo sessions per week and after each session you must rest your body for about 48 hours for complete recovery. It is highly recommended to use softer surfaces for plyo exercises to protect your knees and back.
- Develop Stronger Core Muscles
A strong core is not just about building 6 packs. It is responsible for throwing powerful kicks and punches during a fight. There are different ways by which you can develop your core, you can pack your MMA training with core-strengthening exercises. Include a lot of resistance training, weightlifting is one example of it, you can also perform bodyweight crunches. Complete as many reps as you can possibly do.
Some of the above training methods should be carefully supervised when you are training your kid. As they can cause an injury.
Get a pair top quality kids MMA gloves to bring the best in training. It will also provide necessary protection for hands.