Can MMA Be Self Taught At Home?

By Logan •  Updated: 01/28/22 •  4 min read

A lot of people have aspirations to fight in MMA events. Maybe not to reach the dizzying heights of UFC, but to fight in amateur events. Is this something that you can really learn yourself, or do you need to work with a gym or a trainer? Let’s take a look.

Can MMA Be Self Taught At Home?

Can You Teach Yourself MMA At Home?

To an extent, yes. However, we would never recommend a person enters an MMA fight when they have purely trained at home. We can’t imagine that it is going to go all that well.

If you want to learn MMA at home, then you will be able to work on your strength and conditioning. Basically, the physical aspects of being an MMA fighter. You may even be able to watch a few videos for various MMA combat and defensive techniques.

However, that is pretty much where the ‘at home’ training will end. If you want to properly compete, then you need to know how to deal with other fighters. You need to know how to attack them and defend yourself against them. Unless you have another MMA fighter at home, this is going to be impossible.

You will need to join a proper MMA gym. You will need to have training fights with people there. You can be as strong as you want. You can have fighting methods committed to memory. However, if you don’t put them to practice, then you can’t be an MMA fighter.

Can I Be A Self-Taught Fighter?

Again, to an extent.

If you are a decent amount of motivation and know how to follow training plans online, then you may be able to learn the absolute basics of becoming an MMA fighter. However, your skills will eventually cap out. If you are serious about being an MMA fighter, then you need to be trained properly.

A trainer will help to motivate you. They will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. They will be able to help design a custom training plan that is especially suited to you. You can’t do this if you are just following the general guides that you found online.

In our opinion, one of the main reasons why you can’t be a self-taught fighter is because you have absolutely no idea what you are doing in fights. You are wrapped up in the action, attempting to plan your next move. One of the main jobs of an MMA trainer is to watch you compete, whether against others in the gym or in sanctioned fights.

They will be able to identify what you are doing right and where you are going wrong. Over time, they will be able to provide you with advice that can help shape the techniques that you are using when you step into that ring. There is a reason why, in pretty much every sport, there is a major focus on who the trainers are. It is the trainers that help good athletes become top athletes.

Can You Learn MMA With No Experience?

Everybody has to start somewhere. MMA fighters weren’t born knowing how to fight, after all.

You can learn MMA with no experience. However, do bear in mind that it is probably going to take a bit longer to get you to a competitive level.

If you are going to jump into learning MMA, then we highly recommend that you have experience in at least one competitive martial art. We also recommend that you have decent strength and endurance levels.

If you are jumping in from scratch, you really will have your work cut out for you.

Final Thoughts

MMA isn’t really something that you can learn at home. You can work on your strength and conditioning. However, that is about as far as you will get. If you want to compete in MMA, then you need a trainer. You will need to fight regularly, neither of which you can do at home.


Hi, I've been an avid MMA fan all my life. I've been training in martial arts for the last 5 years and wanted to share some of the tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way to help to aspiring martial artists get started.

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