July 26, 2010 Posted by danb
These days, MMA schools are popping up everywhere. Karate or tae kwon do schools are increasingly closing up shop because kids aren’t interested in the traditional martial arts anymore.
However, like fighters, MMA schools aren’t all created equal. There are good, bad and some just in it for the money.
So how do you know which one is right for you?
First, you have to ask yourself why you want to learn MMA. Is it to compete or just get some exercise? If it’s the latter, then you’re probably better off with a school like Tiger Schulmann. Yes, they have talented instructors and a few fighters on their roster. But they’ve made their name as a school the everyman (or everywoman) can attend and feel comfortable.
If you wanna’ compete then pick up the phone and start asking questions. Ask for the credentials of the instructors. Have they competed in the past? What belt rank do they have in BJJ? How much boxing/Muay Thai experience do they have? You get the idea.
Experience doesn’t always equal quality MMA instruction. But it sure doesn’t hurt and is a great starting point. Most schools offer one or two free trial classes. Make sure you attend them at several schools and pick the one that’s right for you.
If you need help finding a school that’s right for you, visit this MMA school finder.