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Picking an MMA Gym
These are tips directly from an article in FIGHT! magazine written by Sam Caplan:
He writes: "If you were going to buy a car, would you just go to the lot and choose whatever looked nice and was available? Or would you go online and research the safety record of the models you were looking at? Would you not look at other dealerships in order to get comparative pricing? You need to adopt a similar approach when searching for the right gym. Granted it's a lot cheaper to train MMA than it is to buy a new car, but training in a martial art is not inexpensive."
"The reality is that many people out there are being ripped off. There are instuctors claiming to hold a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu when they do not. There are former Karate instructors who claim they can help people become pro fighters even though they've never fought or trained MMA. Simply put, you need to be careful of wannabes with false or otherwise meaningless credentials. A lot of people recognize the mounting appeal of MMA; they see how much money can be made. Instead of starting over and paying their dues in a new martial art, they allege to be able to teach you something they aren't actually qualified to teach."
Here are excerpts from the eight tips he gives when considered a gym:
1. Are the people willing to answer questions?
2. Does it look reputable?
4. Be sure to inquire about the MMA credentials of the instuctors.
5. Read a contract before you sign it.
6. Ask if pro fighters train at the gym.
7. Observe the demeanor of the student body.
8. Take advantage of any trial offers and then trust your gut instinct.