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    I am considering it for self defence but not for competition. Is it worthwhile or is it too mixed and therefore result in a jack of all trades master of none phenomenon?
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    (Original post by Mr Student)
    I am considering it for self defence but not for competition. Is it worthwhile or is it too mixed and therefore result in a jack of all trades master of none phenomenon?
    I've never understood this theory, especially in regards to self defence. Is the guy a good boxer? use kicks, takedowns, plumb clinch etc.
    Is the guy a good wrestler? keep the fight on the feet, work your striking or if he does take you down, have an active guard.
    MMA outside of designated self defence courses/arts is probably the best combat sport for self defence.
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    At the basic self-defence level, there is only really one criterion when it comes to judging whether or not something is going to have any value or not : What makes you "competent" at fighting is whether or not what you are practising gets you used to live physical confrontation. This could be MMA, BJJ, karate, judo - it could be rugby.

    If you spar live with someone as part of your training - it will almost certainly do you some good. If you don't, and the training is form/kata based or deals only in two-steps - then chances are it will be of far less value.
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    (Original post by MJ1012)
    I've never understood this theory, especially in regards to self defence. Is the guy a good boxer? use kicks, takedowns, plumb clinch etc.
    Is the guy a good wrestler? keep the fight on the feet, work your striking or if he does take you down, have an active guard.
    MMA outside of designated self defence courses/arts is probably the best combat sport for self defence.
    Do you partake?
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    (Original post by Mr Student)
    Do you partake?
    I do, yes.
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    (Original post by MJ1012)
    I do, yes.
    for self defence or to compete?

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    (Original post by Mr Student)
    for self defence or to compete?

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    Doesn't have to be either of those options. I do it partly for self defence, partly for exercise, partly because I find it interesting, partly to "compete" in sparring and rolling.
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    (Original post by MJ1012)
    Doesn't have to be either of those options. I do it partly for self defence, partly for exercise, partly because I find it interesting, partly to "compete" in sparring and rolling.
    Do you think you'll ever compete in the true sense of the definition within the sport? By compete I mean engage in a full contact arranged fight overseen by an approved judge.

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    Do you think you'll ever compete in the true sense of the definition within the sport? By compete I mean engage in a full contact arranged fight overseen by an approved judge.

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    I got offered to fight in the interclub but it didn't appeal to me. But maybe one day, I'll be tempted for the test and learning experience a real fight will offer but it seems way off as of now.
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    I got offered to fight in the interclub but it didn't appeal to me. But maybe one day, I'll be tempted for the test and learning experience a real fight will offer but it seems way off as of now.
    My local gym or fight factory as it better known seems a little intimidating. I know some bad people go there and they host fights around 4 times a year. Is this the wrong sort of place to learn MMA for self defense? To be honest I have no desire to fight other people I just want to hold my own.

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    My local gym or fight factory as it better known seems a little intimidating. I know some bad people go there and they host fights around 4 times a year. Is this the wrong sort of place to learn MMA for self defense? To be honest I have no desire to fight other people I just want to hold my own.

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    I can't speak for your gym, only the sport itself. Each gym will vary in quality, douchebags, learning style etc. However in MMA as a whole, yes, over time obviously, you should be able to hold your own. It's up to you if you feel comfortable at your local gym.
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    (Original post by Mr Student)
    My local gym or fight factory as it better known seems a little intimidating. I know some bad people go there and they host fights around 4 times a year. Is this the wrong sort of place to learn MMA for self defense? To be honest I have no desire to fight other people I just want to hold my own.

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    I don't partake in the sport myself, but that's not to say I might not explore it at some point in the future. I am a fan of MMA and it's possible that I might one day look at training in wrestling and/or brazilian jiu jitsu. Although I don't partake, I have friends that do and my advice would be to go to a respected trainer locally who specialises in a particular martial art. Most places near me will hold a beginner's class as well as an advanced class each week. Personally, I know that I'd rather go to a class with a trainer who has mastered their art as opposed to a 'jack of all trades' as you put it.

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