What is the best form of MMA to learn first? (muay thai or BJJ)

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  1. What is the best form of MMA to learn first? (muay thai or BJJ)


    This may has been asked already, (sorry i am new) but i am thinking of starting one of these styles. I am leaning on the Muay Thai. My main concern is losing muscle. Opinions?


  2. id do muy thai cuz its either kick ass or get your ass kicked. or greco roman wrestling. just pick one that sounds appealing to you, its a hobby so do one you like
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by ThunderHumper View Post
    id do muy thai cuz its either kick ass or get your ass kicked. or greco roman wrestling. just pick one that sounds appealing to you, its a hobby so do one you like
    First off, love the user name man! And, thanks for the solid advice. I just am concerned with losing muscle but it probably will not happen depending on how i eat!

  4. Neither. Wrestling.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  5. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Neither. Wrestling.
    This.

    I enjoyed MT while I did it (was not fond of BJJ) but to this day I regret not wrestling in my offseason from football.
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  6. Jiu Jitsi + wrestling.

  7. From my experience in the world of Mixed Martial Arts; boxing and wrestling are the go to due to what each teaches you. I myself don't have much training in wrestling just BJJ and Judo. Striking martial arts depends on your build.

  8. Muay thai has been suggested by most! I am suprised

  9. It just depends on the gym you decide to train at and your reach. But if you find a martial art that strikes interest I say do it. Striking is just a preference.

  10. Thanks

  11. No worries.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by B3ast View Post
    Muay thai has been suggested by most! I am suprised
    One guy suggested it? Lol. Pick one then join a gym or dojo that specializes in whatever you pick.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Neither. Wrestling.
    The Gracies would disagree..lol

  14. Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    The Gracies would disagree..lol
    20 years ago. Times have changed and modern MMA is dominated by wrestling. Even BJJ has deep roots in catch wrestling, which preceded the Gracies.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  15. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    20 years ago. Times have changed and modern MMA is dominated by wrestling. Even BJJ has deep roots in catch wrestling, which preceded the Gracies.
    I agree and know you're right... But 20 years ago is when I was awed by what I was seeing...

  16. Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    I agree and know you're right... But 20 years ago is when I was awed by what I was seeing...
    We all were. Rorion's live-action infomercial changed martial arts forever.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  17. I would rather see someone get submitted with a Nice arm bar or a rear naked choked, then be held down the whole fight and getting hit with sloppy punches..

  18. I feel that wrestling is a great base to have, I also feel Bjj is a great add on. Striking is great but if you don't have a solid ground game you won't have much success.
    Life's a garden, dig it

  19. ^^^^agreed!! Need to know what your doing on the floor unless you have dynamite in your hands!!

  20. Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu are great. I always thought striking would be more useful but the last 2 real fights I've been in my grappling skills have been extremely useful to the point where I don't even have to worry about being hit. once you take an untrained person to the ground you can have your way with them. Keep in mind both of these incidents were self defense, I don't go around starting fights for no reason.

  21. I actually went through the top mma fighters on Wikipedia once and looked at their backgrounds. Muay Thai, BJJ and wrestling were represented with about equal proportion. So whichever of these you pick, you're probably solid.

  22. Just look at the champions in the sport there all wrestlers that's the best base to have to build your skills on!

  23. Quote Originally Posted by rayssen View Post
    Just look at the champions in the sport there all wrestlers that's the best base to have to build your skills on!
    DJ
    Barao
    Aldo
    Pettis
    GSP
    Weidman
    Jones
    Cain

    3 of them are not wrestlers and GSP did not enter MMA with a wrestling background.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  24. Okay two I guess aren't true wrestlers but Cruz is still the real belt holder so Barao don't count yet even tho I think he will dominate Cruz and gsp is good bc of wrestling don't matter if he didn't start it first that's what he had to turn to to be dominant like he is .

  25. If you are young I would definitely say wrestling to start. If you can take someone down and stop a takedown you control where the fight is. Great wrestling CAN nullify BJJ, but definitely look into some form of ground game. Then fight a form of striking you enjoy. Best to have strikes to set up takedowns.
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