Introducing MMA to Kids

A Guide To Start Moving, Improving And Evolving Early!

In a world overloaded with technology at your fingertips. Where the media, messages and mania encourages immediate gratification through the TV, Video games and social media; martial arts is still ever relevant.

Inculcating aspects of discipline, work ethic, concentration, strategy, and the exercise mindset. Mixed Martial Arts contains a wide variety of styles and skill sets. From learning how to control one’s own strength to building up confidence, children have much to learn from ancient Martial Art styles. 

Mixed martial arts, although is relatively new in the world of fight and combat sports. It was built upon the foundations of martial arts styles worldwide both historical and traditional. 

Kids fight training and kids mixed martial arts assist children in finding their path in the combat sports world. While creating a steady base for them to begin their journey in the sport. Many martial arts techniques and styles have essential disciplinary and confidence building skills embedded within their philosophies.

How To Start?
The teaching style of a coach, at your nearby gym or local training center, becomes extremely significant. Their wisdom, style and training will hone your child’s skills. Often in karate dojos (gyms) children train with other children. Changing partners and being challenged by their seniors in a safe manner to help everyone slowly improve their skills. 

Kids’ mixed martial arts training can be difficult to find or begin in your area. However when searching for such locations it may be best to just begin with whatever martial art is available. 

That may mean your local wrestling gym, karate-do, dojo or other fight training gym is the most preferable location. Because getting your kid involved in the basics is more significant than waiting for the perfect, all-round, training center to open up nearby you.

Children’s Mixed Martial Arts has a worldwide community. Each with their own version of “building a better, stronger future” for the coming generation. Whether you think that new age is softer or harder than their parents. There is a lot of individual value and growth that comes from training in a combat discipline. 

The Basics.

The early start into a combat discipline furthermore helps them socialize and engage in physical activities in a safe controlled environment. Alongside this they will learn the basics of defense and this will help keep them secure in any situation for the future. Combat sports can also assist shy children become comfortable with physical contact and unwanted contact.

Each teacher or sensei has a different pace to teaching, giving every child a unique character building and growth experience. Helping them make smart strategic choices especially in situations of confrontation. 

Martial Arts of all forms are for everyone and truly anyone can participate and become fluent in the basics. Whether it be for Muay Thai, Judo, Kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The future of martial arts is for all genders. Not only boys and thus we see both Women’s MMA and Men’s MMA with superstars, heroes and inspiring icons abundant. 

 Styles

Stand-Up

With that understanding the most significant starting technique is often striking and stances. Helping you learn the basics of standing defense and offense which is where most fights start. These styles may be Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate or any other striking focused style.

Grappling

Followed in close second with the basics of grappling and ground game since every fight will eventually hit the ground at some point. These styles teach you to stop your opponent and prevent them from escaping while forcing them to submit through the many methods the styles involve. These may be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, Judo, Luta Livre or any of the other styles.

Clinch 

A third style that has its own individual significance is called clinch fighting. This style focuses around making throws and takedowns by wrapping your limbs around the opponent and preventing them from using strikes. This style is most commonly found in the variations of Wrestling (Greco Roman, Freestyle and Catch), along with Sambo Judo and even Muay Thai.

Starting upon the journey is often as exciting as it is confusing. However you can rest assured that whichever style or technique you begin with, any will be a good place for your child to begin. Furthermore training with your child or utilizing the same space will give you a chance to view your child’s progress occasionally all the while improving yourself as well and potentially learning a new skill.

RDX Sports recommends that you start simple, don’t over-complicate where, when and why and do what feels right to you while taking your kids’ perspective on the sport of their interest. Whether they pick a style focused around wrestling or boxing or even leg work involving heavy kicking, be accepting and encouraging for them to fully utilize their youth and skills in a constructive manner.