Learn MMA. It Could Save Your Life, Literally.

Here is a message I received recently from Lewis McClellan, who previously attended my wrestling classes and some other classes at The Griphouse Gym in Glasgow:


It was harrowing to hear of Lewis’ situation and I hope that none of you ever find yourselves in a similar circumstance and do believe that even for trained individuals, avoidance is the best technique. However sometimes, as in Lewis’ situation, this isn’t always possible… Hence why it felt very gratifying that some basic techniques he learned from me have proved to be of great assistance to him and prevented him from coming to any harm. It also raised a valid point which I have insisted on for years – everyone should learn self-defense!


A radical statement, I am aware, but everyone should have some basic form of defense, as Lewis’ story proves. From my experience in the fitness industry and martial art’s world, I always hear about self-defense classes or the latest Korean martial art, where they teach you pressure points and that how from one karate chop you can render an attacker unconscious – utter nonsense! So less nonsense and more fact… You want to defend yourself; you need MMA, the truest form of defense.


Why would MMA training help?

It is the purest and most real form of combat. Its training is so varied and covers all forms of martial arts, and therefore it provides the ultimate guide to self-defense. To learn how to take people down to the ground or how to stop someone from taking you to the ground, just attend wrestling classes. Then what do you do if it does end up on the ground? You go to a BJJ class so you can learn all sorts of crazy submissions and how to defend yourself/escape whilst on your back or when you are on top of someone on the ground. There is also the art of 8 limbs, Thai boxing, this will teach you how to punch, kick, knee and elbow correctly (no need for a penknife). Thai boxing covers all the eventualities of stand-up fighting, including evasive techniques in a tricky situation. In short, wrestling, BJJ and Thai boxing cover all the grounds you need to defend yourself in the worst case scenario. Don’t believe me? Drop in to the Griphouse in Glasgow to see tiny, 55kg women beat up grown men of all sizes, no word of a lie! So just take up MMA, it really is as simple as that.


If not only for self-defense needs, get involved in MMA as it is great fun and a great work out! You constantly challenge yourself and do so in a social context with constant encouragement from strangers and coaches, who soon become friends. With such varied training and continuous new techniques to learn, it is impossible to get bored with the sport. All sizes and levels are encouraged to take part and it has proven, many of times, to turn people’s lives around. If not just for the basic need of self-defense, MMA has great results in weight loss and strength gains. Also, the confidence you gain from this sport will be noticed by family and friends, and people will gain a newly formed respect for you knowing such a simple fact, that you can ‘handle yourself’. So with not only basic defense and protection to gain from this sport, there is nothing that should stop ANYONE from taking part and getting involved!


If anyone has any queries about this blog, feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions. Should anyone want to ‘take heed’ of what I am saying, I can’t recommend highly enough that you hit up The Griphouse Gym in Glasgow for your training. We have the highest caliber of coaching staff, a great variety of members and, not to show off, but we have been voted the best MMA gym in the UK for two years straight now. With multiple BJJ black belts teaching the BJJ program, a plethora of great Muay Thai coaches, who all bring their own different style to each class, and I also hear the wrestling coach is pretty good too! As mentioned though and most importantly, it is the great people who join us along the way that make up the gym. Everyone is welcome, from UFC fighters (which we have), to people who just want to train and have fun… It is very rare to get such a great atmosphere in a gym, but The Griphouse has this in spades.


Anyway I digress… It has truly gratified me that I have managed to help one person during a time of need and it has now made me more determined to make sure everyone is as equipped as Lewis was if they ever encounter such a situation. So help me on my, slightly vigilante, quest to get more people on the MMA bandwagon, spread the word!


Other than that, remember people stay safe and avoid trouble, at all costs, but should you want to learn how to defend yourself… Soak in the contents of this blog!


Drive for the dream, shoot for success.


Kieran Malone

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