My only prior experience was from 13-16 where I did traditional Northern Shaolin Fighting Mantis Kung Fu. I loved the sparring but I hated not getting to hit as hard as I wanted or getting hit all that hard. My biggest strength was speed, power, and deception when sparring but I had trouble when people closed in on me.
So this MMA gym seems to emphasize the kickboxing side of striking and the BJJ and submission wrestling side of grappling but I also see movement’s related to Muy Thai, and even a tiny bit from traditional striking arts. There might be some more, but my knowledge is admittedly limited.
The people running the show seem to know what they’re doing and I’m quickly learning from the couple of lessons I’ve had already.
Mainly, I’m wondering how do I practice grappling at home? With striking, shadow boxing and bag work have helped me tremendously with making my striking form something I don’t even think about and reflexive. Is there something I can do like that for grappling?
And for those that are instructors, what qualities would you ideally look for in a student.
And does anyone know some good drills specific to MMA for opening up the hips? With the more squared off kickboxing stance and greater rotational force required and all the PL type training I’ve done, I find my hip rotation gettting cut short due to a lack of internal rotation mobility. My external rotation is great.
Also, my hip flexors are tight. It’s hard for me to move my knee much past my hips without momentum or external force. I have the flexibility, I just lose muscle control past that point and meet resistance.
Um… Sorry for being such a newb. I tried looking through the threads and didn’t quite find what I was looking for. Sorry in advanced if this has been covered ad naseum already.