Before you get into the Octagon, it is important you understand what the three areas of MMA fighting are.
Stand Up: Stand up is fighting that occurs when both opponents are on their feet and trade strikes with hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
Clinch: This is when both fighters are still standing, but the fighters are body to body holding onto one another as they fight for position and leverage rather than delivering strikes.
Ground: This refers to when all fighting is taking place while on the ground.
Ways To Get Into MMA
Perhaps the best way to get into MMA is to join a class. MMA is a great form of exercise, and it is also very fun. Because of this, there are gyms that teach MMA everywhere. UFC Gym is a chain that is extremely popular, and they offer memberships where you can join classes at an affordable price.
These classes will teach you the fundamentals of all different types of martial arts while also giving you a good workout. If you do the classes just for workouts, and decide that you are genuinely enjoying the fighting. You can upgrade to private lessons and even sparring sessions where you face off against other people who are learning MMA in a safe environment.
It is never easy to learn a sport without having an instructor present to help push you forward. That is true with Mixed Martial Arts as well, as one would be better off if they were to have an instructor. However, that does not mean it is impossible to learn MMA without having a proper trainer. Evan Tanner is a pro UFC fighter who claims to be self-taught, therefore it is definitely possible to learn the basics of MMA on your own.
You need to make sure you have all the proper equipment if you are going to teach yourself MMA. You are also going to want to watch videos online that show off the proper forms and techniques that are required for MMA. It is also a good idea to film yourself fighting if you are going to teach yourself. This way you can compare your form to the form of the fighters' from the videos that you are watching. You are also going to want to get yourself into good shape. Doing other workouts like lifting and cardio will be necessary to become a self taught MMA fighter.
Time To Learn MMA
Some MMA coaches will say it takes only eight weeks to master the sport, while others will say it can take up to four years. There is no such a thing as a concrete answer to how long it takes to learn MMA, but there are a number of variables that will come into factor. How helpful your coach is and also how frequently you are willing to train will also determine how long it takes to become a good MMA fighter.
If you work hard, frequently prepare, and spend enough time to learn you can expect to become a talented MMA fighter in two years. People who have expertise in other kinds of martial arts can expect it to take a quicker amount of time.
MMA is extremely difficult. There are numerous different reasons as to why MMA is so difficult. One big reason as to why it's so challenging is that it combines just about every discipline of martial arts into one form of fighting. That is not something that will come as particularly easy to some people.
Another reason MMA is difficult is because of the physical demand it requires from your body. People who are MMA fighters must be in extremely good shape. If someone is not well-conditioned, he or she may have trouble completing an MMA workout, or fighting an opponent.
Perhaps the biggest reason MMA is difficult is simply because you are fighting someone. Getting hit is not something that most would consider to be "fun". When you are hit with a jab or a kick, it is going to be much harder to complete a fight, especially if you are in pain. MMA requires an extremely large amount of toughness that not everybody has.
What You Need To Learn MMA
There are a couple of pieces of equipment that you are going to need if you want to get in if you want to begin learning Mixed Martial Arts.
You are going to need "MMA Gloves". There are two types of gloves that you are going to need. One is for fighting (if you want to become a fighter) and one is for training and sparring. You are also going to need handwraps. The hand wraps will act as protection as you are to wrap them around your hand and put the gloves on over them. You will also want a rash guard as MMA fighting and training can be extremely abrasive for your skin. This will protect you from friction burns.
You will also need a mouth guard and a head guard if you are going to be sparring. This is extremely important for people who are sparring because you do not want to hurt yourself when you spar.
Cost To Learn MMA
If you want to learn MMA fighting by going to a gym where you can get lessons from a qualified instructor, then expect to pay anywhere between $50 and $200 a month. By paying these prices, you can expect to have access to any class that is offered almost every hour throughout the day, with a couple classes on Saturdays and Sundays as well. For most people, they believe this to be well worth the money.
On top of that, you will also want to buy gloves, headgear, and a mouthguard. Those essentials along with any other equipment you may need will end up costing around $80 in total.