What is the best base to already have or know going into MMA? In my opinion, it would have to be wrestling. Unless you’ve been in wrestling, it’s hard to understand but it is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most physically and mentally demanding sports to be in. The habits and work ethic established in wrestling is very helpful for MMA and wrestlers have the power and control to determine where the fight is going to take place. They can decide to keep the fight standing, preventing a takedown, or to take it to the ground themselves. Wrestlers also have an great base and sense of control that can be very overwhelming if you don’t know moves to counteract them. Wrestlers tend to pick up on the other aspect off MMA and learn the other forms of martial arts like jiu-jitsu and boxing or muay tai quicker than any other athlete. I personally found it easy to establish a decent striking and standup game than it was to establish the ground game, so already having that wrestling base is going to be significantly beneficial to have in becoming a fuller mixed martial artist. So all you former wrestlers out there, give this a shot, you would already be more advanced than anybody else who is new to the sport!
Russian sambo. Sounds like a silly dance doesn’t it? Well it’s far from it, Russian sambo is a combat sport very similar to American mixed martial arts. There are a few exception though, one of them being the display of intricate submission techniques and take downs not seen very often in organizations like the UFC. MMA has been a passion of mine and I had attended a mixed martial arts gym back in my hometown, Thornton, that focused on sambo for the past 4 years. And it’s the one of the best and most rewarding things that I involved myself in.