Wrestling relies on leverage, power, and technique to control and take down your opponent. The unrelenting drive you develop in wrestling is another element that makes wrestling an excellent base for mixed martial arts.
If you’re thinking about making the transition from wrestling to MMA, here are a few things to consider:
Learn a Striking Style
The average mixed martial artist today is proficient in more than one fighting style. So, you’ll want to make sure that you take all that you’ve learned in wrestling and build upon your skills. It’s a good idea to start with a striking style of martial art, like boxing or Muay Thai, so you can get comfortable with standing up while taking on an opponent.
Use Your Competitive Background
For most athletes who come from a wrestling background, you are no stranger to competition. Wrestling competitions are common through high school and college. That experience wrestlers have with consistent competition usually translates into dedication and discipline. You know what it takes to excel in a sport, and how to approach your training for something different, like MMA.
Appreciate BJJ Grappling Skills
As a wrestler, the most complementary martial art you can learn is jiu-jitsu. Wrestling tends to be faster-paced and more intense compared to jiu-jitsu. At times, this can work to your advantage. However, when transitioning to MMA, wrestlers will benefit from appreciating the grappling styles and techniques of BJJ.
If you are looking to transition from wrestling to MMA, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting guidance from a knowledgeable and experienced team of coaches. At Ascendant Martial Arts, our head coaches have over 40 years of combined experience in Wrestling and Martial Arts. We offer a variety of programs for all ages. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.