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Chris Evans
09-12-2012, 10:47 AM
I assume most decent MMA amateur players are physically fit and already have a "base" in at least one martial art or discipline.

I wonder how many disciplines [kickboxing (International or muay Thai), BJJ, etc.] MMA competitors train in and how frequently?

Kevin Leavitt
09-12-2012, 11:01 AM
You'd have to define "competitor". A professional will train alot more than an amateur. It depends.

Chris Evans
09-12-2012, 12:08 PM
You'd have to define "competitor". A professional will train alot more than an amateur. It depends.

a person with a full-time job, outside of a gym/dojo, that competes in UFC or other MMA events, for fun.

Kevin Leavitt
09-12-2012, 10:35 PM
Well UFC is tough to get into, and there is an long vetting process, hence when you say UFC, youtalking a fulltime job on par with other professional athletes. When u say "for fun"....that is another issue. Guys that do it for fun may train to peak right before an event, and then not train much at all. I'd say an amateur doing it for fun probably puts in 10 to 15 hours per week including running, lifting, mat work etc, all while going to work.

09-22-2012, 10:21 AM
....you asked about hours of MMA training. Because I prioritize Aikido in my schedule, I have reduced my MMA training down to 1 or 2 hours a week. (I practice MMA for conditioning only not competitively) However, our MMA center does have a Competition Team and the comp. team fighters train with the rest of us in the advance class, in addition to their comp. team only practices. Our MMA center is grounded/based in Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee's martial art. The key to Jeet Kune Do, is that Bruce Lee emphasized formlessness. He emphasized using various techniques and doing what was necessary in battle. In his words, "Be water." Striking Thoughts is a book based on Bruce Lee's thoughts...I recommend it if you are interested in researching some of the founding thoughts of MMA. Our MMA training consists of conditioning and technique. The MMA techniques in our MMA Center range from Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Western Boxing and our core striking art of Muay Thai Kick Boxing. Conditioning ranges from sit ups, flipping tractor tires, planks, push ups, working the bags, running, pulling fire hose etc. Comp. team fighters train 3+ hours a week, 5+ days a week. Keep in mind that some folks join the comp. team simply to train with the competitive fighters and get the highest level of MMA training...while others on the comp. team actually train in preparation for an official fight. Most competitive fighters train for a long time before ever entering the cage for an official fight. The Captain of our competition team and other trainers know who is ready for an official fight and when. They use the same insight in moving folks from beginning to advance MMA classes. Yes, most of us at our MMA Center (including the comp. team fighters) do have a back ground in other martial arts and yes, there is a general level of fitness in our classes...however, the comp. team fighters that actually enter the cage have the ultimate level of physical fitness...Most of the Comp. Team Fighters in our MMA Center do seem to work full time also. Hope this helps. Peace and Light, Marium