Mixed martial arts (MMA) is on of those hobbies I’ve never even considered. I can’t image stepping into a ring or the dreaded octagon to exchange punches with some of the animals that love this hobby. Watching this sport on tv gives makes me instantly tense. I simply can’t imaging actually participating.
Considering some other hobbies out there, MMA is a relatively cheap sport to get into. For a couple hundred bucks you can get all the mma gear you need to get started safely in this increasingly popular sport. If you’re a glutton for punishment just get yourself a pair of mma gloves and get in the ring. My guess is you’ll want to think twice about that little stunt unless you’re on the cast of Jackass.
MMA does happen to have a lot of benefits associated with it. The most obvious of those is self defense. Lets face it. If you even trained a couple times a week you’d have no problem dealing with a situation at the grocery store when somebody is getting out of hand. You’ll be able to defend your girl the next time some clown gets out of line at the bar or your favorite sporting event after they’ve had one to many.
Another benefit of MMA is the physical fitness aspect. Training in MMA will improve your cardiovascular system as well as tone up those muscles. It’s also pretty likely you’ll find a few muscles you never knew you had as well. Not only will your muscles become stronger you’ll learn the techniques to actually use your strength effectively. Another physical aspect of your body that will change is your flexibility. Some of the moves required to fight will tax every fiber of your body. You’ll also need some flexibility to get out of those nasty submission holds. The last benefit is your quickness. Being stronger and more flexibiltly will greatly increase your speed / quickness. Not only will your body be faster so will your mind.
One other cool thing about MMA is that you won’t just learn karate or judo or tae kwon do. If you’re going to excel in MMA you’re going to need some stellar wrestling skills, a man sized punch, as well as some submission techniques to keep your opponent guessing.