How to Start Training for MMA at Home

Have you ever had the dream of entering the octagon and trying your hand at MMA? Perhaps you’re seeking an alternative way of keeping fit? Or maybe you want to learn some self-defense techniques? Well if there are no mixed martial arts schools nearby or you are intimidated by the prospect of going to one, MMA training at home is an ideal alternative. This guide will show you how it’s possible.

Make space

First of all, a big enough empty space is needed to perform the workout. This could be a spare room, garage or, if the weather permits, in the garden. You want a sizeable area free of clutter for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you don’t want to break any furnishings or be susceptible to any unnecessary injuries. Secondly, the space will allow you to perform your exercises in full comfort.

Fit in regular workout methods

Before getting around to the combat side of things, it’s important to not neglect standard workout methods. Cardiovascular exercises ensure that you won’t burn out during an MMA fight, and the increased stamina will simply help with the rest of your training. When thinking of such workout methods, consider the likes of skipping, pushups, burpees and squats.

Shadow boxing

The cornerstone of any home-based MMA training revolves around shadow boxing. Due to the nature of shadow boxing, which is the process of throwing strikes without hitting a person/object, it’s advised to do this in front of a mirror. By doing this, you can observe your striking style and form, and then work from this to refine your strikes. Keep in mind that, although it has the word ‘boxing’ in its name, shadow boxing is suitable for working on other strikes such as elbows, knees and kicks. Plus when you read the latest MMA news and see someone who has unleashed an innovative new striking attack, it’s always fun to try and recreate that move as well!

When doing shadow boxing, this is a prime time to further work on your endurance. This can be done in a number of ways. You can mimic the five minute rounds which are standard in MMA, taking a minute break between the rounds. Or another option could be to do fast bursts of shadow boxing for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and continue with that method for as long as you see fit.

Is wrestling possible?

One of the big caveats about MMA training at home is that wrestling isn’t something you can practice individually – at least not in an effective manner. Sure, you can grab an oversized pillow and go through those ground game transitions or let those hammer fists rain down. However, you can only really learn wrestling when you’re sparring with someone else. As a result, this aspect of your MMA game will stay stagnant unless you get a training partner, or if you start going to a martial arts school.