I have asked a few questions here about starting training, but I was wondering if you guys who compete could tell me about the non-training side of combat sports.
I would never want to go pro, so I was just wondering what the amateur game is like for MMA, grappling, boxing, judo etc, and what the differences are. I’m talking not in terms of training or literally “what they are”, but things like how often you compete, what the higher levels of the amateur game are and how accessible are they if you have the talent and put in the time, what kind of people get involved in them, how age dominated they are, that sort of thing.
Also, how easy it is to find decent coaching in them, and how easy it is to end up with a bad coach who doesn’t give a crap about you. Also, while this is a long, long way off, I would actually want to get involved in coaching in the future, especially kids, so any thoughts on that would be good.