How do I become the best in the world?
Alright, I didn't really mean that. I'm sure a Subject line like that will draw attention, and i'm sorry in advance for misguiding all of you.
For 2+ years, i've been on this site again and again. I trust the population here for advice on techinques, news, and insightful articles. So i'm asking for advice on an unorthodox topic.
First, i'd like you to look at my profile on here. It will explain in the About Me section why i'm asking for advice and assistance. Here it is: http://www.lockflow.com/users/jaydeehero
Basically, what I'm asking you all to comment on is how one would go about achieving my aspired goals, assuming I do not have a gym or regular training area. What I have available is a small D3 college gym, and I plan to go there daily between my day and night job until I have enough saved to go back to Renzo Gracie PA.
To be a Professional Mixed Martial Artist, that is my life goal. The complexity of the combination of advancing arts, daily dilligence, and a sharp mind to learn an arsenal of techniques and being able to defend against every one of them...it's simply beautiful.
So, if you have any advice at all, wether it be a word, link, video, whatever you can say, it is greatly appreciated.
Take care, Lockflow family. God speed, and party on!
awesome post, lol! you need training partners and a a coach!
Dude. You want to qualify for the olympics in boxing? I think that one alone should keep your plate full for awhile. You might want to figure out in which order you want to achieve your goals and then focus on the first one for now.
I recommend you read the book the "Talent Code".
It doesn't address your sport specifically.. but does answer the question.
WOW GUYS WHY ARE YOU SUCH A-HOLE'S TO THIS GUY WHEN HE ASKED YOU HOW TO BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD! SORRY JORDAN I DONT KNOW WHY THEY DID THAT TO YOU.
Here is what you need to do to be the best,read the following then get back to me.
If you are serious there are a few basic steps to goal setting.
1 - write down your goals
2 - write down an outline of what you need to accomplish to get to where you want to be
So, if your goal is to be a pro mma fighter it could be as simple as 2 steps...
Step 1 - contact a promotion, tell them you are interested and get a fight.
Step 2 - show up
or as complex as you want it to be...
How much striking do you want to train before you get in the cage?
How much ground do you want to train, is there a certain belt level you want to get to before you fight?
Do you want to compete in any ammy fights 1st? Or grappling comps?
literally list everything you need to accomplish and start checking them off. It is much easier if you just list it out. Everything looks simple when you put it on paper. The hard part is actually doing the work.
Sounds like the key to your goals is really to get more money to pay for training and everything else. Looks like you've found a good school and all you need is the money to go there so $ should be your number 1 right now, you can just train and learn on your own and spar with whoever until then. I don't think your pro debut is something to rush.
And btw Lockflow is a great free resource for the learning new things outside of class aspect, I am much more knowledgeable about leg locks since I've found this website and have learned some new chokes and things that I play with regularly now.
I didn't really have time to read through the whole thread, but I did see that your out in philly and you trained at amerikick in lansdale! That's pretty cool, I'm originally from that area too. My father, I believe, actually used to workout with some of the head guys over there probably 20+ years ago. Small world, huh? I was actually up in Philly I think 2 years ago for the amerikick internationals because they added a big submission wrestling portion to the tournament. Fun stuff!
And for your goals, try and start small, and slowly work your way up the ladder. Being able to hold a title or compete in the olympics takes many years of dedication and hard training, and most times that still isn't enough. Think about it this way... Randy Couture one of probably the best fighters of his time didn't make it to the olympics for wrestling after trying multiple times. I'm not saying to give up on your goal, but try and set some easier ones that are more reachable to accomplish first, keep the main long term goal as your dream.
To be perfectly blunt, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, and if you want to beat the best you have to train harder than the rest.
It sounds like your work ethic is where it needs to be. I feel you on the training costs part- I basically have a job to pay for my training lol. But between a job, school and everything else thats going on, its sometimes hard to get in a good roll or workout. This is where you have to think outside the box.
Does your college have a wrestling team? If it does, you should try to train with them as much as possible. Explain to the coach your situation and ask if you can attend the practices. This will give you a good base to work from. If not, try and find an intramural wrestling team in the area. They usually only have you pay for mat time, something like 50 bucks for the month. It will keep you in shape and help you develop some skills that will help you in MMA.
Grappling wise, my coach doesn't allow anyone in our gym to fight in MMA unless you have at least a blue belt under him (His name is Roger Woo) or our 'home base' school (Brazilian Top Team Boston). Rationale being that you can be a phenomenal grappler, but the minute someone smashes you in the face, you basically drop a belt rank lol. Having a solid blue belt mean you have solid foundations, which means in a panic situation your muscle memory will (hopefully) take over and you'll be able to defend youself.
Striking wise, find a striking style you are comfortable with. I saw your video when you were doing Kenpo Karate. It's not a bad style, but if it's not something you're comfortable with, then switch to something else. You say that you're a 'natural boxer' so practice your boxing techniques wherever and whenever you can. Look online for some home-made boxing stands made for cheap and try to keep one handy to train with.
Lastly, you need to work out every free moment you have. I'm not sure what kind of hourly jobs you ahve, but any time you have a break or downtime, do something to strengthen your core, cardio or explosivness. Go for a 15 minute jog during your break, or do some pushups/situps/pullups for 30 seconds straight then rest for 30 seconds.
Hope this hekps, and good luck.
If you really plan on being the best, you will need this:
Let me apologize in advance if this post comes off as abrasive, but I think the first thing you need to do is reevaluate and redefine your goals. You want to be a pro MMA fighter? The first thing you need to do is decide what a pro MMA fighter is. Getting a pro fight is easy- maintaining a career as a pro MMA fighter isn't. The other thing you need to realize is that boxing is a very specialized sport, and you're getting a late start. There are kids who started training at 10 or 11 years old who have the same goal that you do of making it to the Olympics, and to be honest at this point they're probably a lot better than you. If you're very talented and hard working, you may be able to make up enough ground to be competitive at that level if you find a top level gym and focus on nothing but boxing, but it's almost impossible that you'll be able to come close if you're dividing your time between training all the disciplines necessary to become a decent MMA fighter.
If you want a pro MMA career, your best bet is spending at least two or so years getting a good grasp of each aspect of the MMA game individually before trying to combine them. Regardless of which path you decide to take, make sure you also get with a top level school as soon as possible. It would probably be better to just stop training now, focus on work and save up money quickly, and then relocate to the best gym you can possibly find. If you want to stay on the east coast look into Matt Serra's gym or Team Lloyd Irvin.
I've never been big on pre-workout super energy supplements, tried no-xplode and its just not for me. They never felt healthy to me and really brought out the rage in my workouts. I love vitamins though, usually take a good multi, all letter vitamins, glucosamine, fish oil, royal jelly, and whatever else i have lying around. Also for protein ive started drinking carnivor and I really like it, its beef protein isolate rather than whey and has plenty of creatine and amino acids. And yes I believe wrestling is number one most important for MMA, sparring someone who is just a way better wrestler than you is brutal. I wish I had wrestled in HS but the coach hated me and I was already in nogi BJJ so I stupidly said forget it...
Really didn't read anything in this forum, so I'm sorry if it's repeated adivce. You just have to want it. It sounds cliche and super easy, but it is not. Refuse to break ,refuse every inch every person tries to take from you. The most important part, refuse to stop working. If this is your goal there is no man, woman... fuckin wookie that can stop you. If you're outmatched, out think. Make any position and every second hell for whoevers dumb enough to lock themselves in a cage with you. You will be the best. You will work the hardest. You will not lose.