MMA Lessons: Where to Start

MMA lessons and classes are now becoming one of the most popular activities around the world. However, not all MMA lessons are created equally.

Today we’re going to go over what to look for in your MMA lessons, and what you should incorporate into your lessons as well.

Understand The Sport

To start with, you need to know what MMA is all about.

For a far more detailed breakdown of the basics of MMA and training for the sport, check this out

Getting MMA lessons is the same as taking lessons for any other sport, so expect to be in for hard work and rigorous training.

As with any sport or professional skill that takes time to develop, MMA has different skill levels ranging from Beginners’ level to Advanced level.

As you would expect, different skills are taught and various training routines are given depending on the level of the fighter.

To get off on to a good start with your training, you will want to find an experienced and strategic MMA trainer.

You want a coach with professional experience and a considerable level of success,

There are many of them out there, but the one I want to recommend to you is the tested and trusted Jeff Joslin of MMA QuickStart. He has a 12-week MMA training program that is specifically designed to get you from the amateur level to an extremely high level of martial arts ability.

Are you ready to get started with your MMA training? Check out our full, in-depth review of the MMA Quick Start program here!



On to the main topic, you obviously need a location in order to take MMA lessons.

One option, and indeed the most common one, is visiting your local MMA.

However, if you’re unable to find a qualified trainer or one that fits your goals, which can and does happen often, many people tend to revert to finding a coach further away from where they live.

This can be very, very costly and extremely unrealistic for most people.

However, this is the digital age, and it’s now possible to take almost any training program, MMA included, right at home.

Don’t believe me? Do a Google search for  the keyword “MMA lessons”, and even without putting the word “Home” in it, a majority, if not all, of the search results that pop up will be related to taking MMA Classes at home.

Luckily for you, the MMA QuickStart program  we mentioned earlier is designed to be taken from the home, so you don’t need to worry yourself more on that.

That covers the benefits of taking MMA lessons online.

Now, let’s go over the basic techniques and principles that should be taught at the beginning of an MMA training program.

This will help you determine if a training center is worth it or not.

Basic MMA Fighting Styles

MMA is a combination of different martial arts and Olympic sports, and there are some martial arts that must be a part of the foundation of an MMA training program. These include:

  • Boxing (think Conor McGregor)
  • Kickboxing (think Alistair Overeem)
  • Judo (think Ronda Rousey)
  • Karate (think Stephen Thompson)
  • Wrestling (think George St. Pierre)
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (think Damian Maia)
  • Sambo (think Khabib Nurmagomedov)
  • Tae Kwaon Do (think Yair Rodriguez)

Moving forward, let’s discuss what you should be expecting at the different skill levels when you start your MMA lessons.

Beginner MMA Lessons

In the beginner classes, there are core techniques you should begin practicing like basic strikes, takedowns and takedown defense, positioning on the ground, and many more as your skill level develops.

You must also be taken through mental training as MMA fighters have to be highly coordinated in both physical and psychological aspects.

The mental aspect of MMA is one, if not the most important part of the sport. We’re going to be getting into much more detail on this topic very, so keep an eye out!

Intermediate MMA Lessons

In intermediate classes, more focus should be placed on strength and conditioning and flexibility by going through rigorous workouts.

As you start to work on different kinds of techniques, you’re going to realize that strength and conditioning (s&c) and flexibility play a vital role in your ability to perform these techniques correctly and with proper form.

Check out our article here for a more detailed guide on hip flexibility, and this guide for an in-depth look at bodyweight training and the benefits it has for martial artists.

Advanced MMA Lessons

At this stage in your journey the training becomes far more stringent as you would be competing against the best in the art. One exquisite program is the 30-day UFC training program that is intended to grill fighters intensely.

You also need to go through highly intense conditioning training to get ready for high-level competition.

If you’re looking for an instructor or training program that consolidates all the prerequisites, basic skills, techniques and necessary lessons for the various skill levels, together with a definite training schedule, the best person we can think of right now (and probably every time) is:

Jeff Joslin with MMA QuickStart

His lessons are well explained and can be taken from home, and should you want to look into private training with him, he has options for that as well.

We really hope this article helped you better understand what to expect in MMA lessons, and you should now be able to make an informed decision on whether or not you want to pursue online training courses (which is what I recommend when you’re just starting out).

Until next time,

– Team MMA TC