5 common mistakes that MMA beginners should avoid (Part 3)

4. Treading water

After the first few weeks of practicing martial arts, there are many reasons why people practice to stop and walk on the spot. Fear of injury. Fear of tiredness. Afraid not to practice difficult techniques. Fear of “bully” when entering a larger playground.

Walking on the spot doesn’t seem to be a dangerous thing, but this will make the practitioner never improve. Gradually, they will lose their practice goals and “slip” from the gym at any time.

A positive training environment will make learners much more active

The only way to improve this problem is to change yourself. Continuously set specific, short-term goals for yourself to keep trying. Try to practice with the teacher, with the higher level trainees. Search for positive friends. Don’t be afraid, challenge yourself so much to eliminate barriers on the path of practice.

5. Being impatient

In contrast to the “treading water”, it is the type of practice that is too high for self-expectations.

There is no shortage of young people who are sweating with tears, practicing heroically like buffalo bulls, always hoping that “today I have improved clearly compared to yesterday”, adhere to strict diets and harsh requirements for themselves.

Indeed, a professional boxer, such as Georges St-Pierre, has extremely strict requirements for himself. GSP intake is calculated by measuring cup. He practices 3 shifts a day, from morning to night, with the most extreme physical exercises.

But the standard that suits St-Pierre certainly doesn’t suit a MMA novice for a month or two. Practicing too hard, too heavy at an early time will only lead to injury, which sometimes loses the future of the practitioner.

So how do you know if you are overworking? Practitioners can monitor their own heart rate at a fixed resting time of the day. An increase of 10 beats per minute or more proves that the day was too heavy. Not only that, it is also advisable to take time off when you feel like you have psychological pressure on martial arts practice.

Famous MMA coach Javier Mendez – coaches of UFC fighters like Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov – say that in one or even the first two years of MMA training, young people need not rush.

“The most important thing is to keep yourself in good shape and exercise regularly,” Mendez said. “Then what must come will come”.