To say that MMA is hyper popular is an understatement to say the least. Many Martial arts schools are trying to “cash” in on the MMA craze. Very close to our school there is a couple of guys teaching “MMA” that were teaching Tae Kwon Do two years ago. I’m not exactly sure how being a black belt in TKD qualifies you to be an MMA coach or teach it. There are other schools fielding amateur fighters that should not be involved in MMA at all. It’s only a matter of time until they get one of their fighters seriously injured because they refuse to accept or admit that they really know nothing about MMA. Watching MMA on T.V. and training fighters are entirely two different things.
Many “MMA” schools rush their students into amateur MMA fights in the desperate attempt to get their schools name out. Sadly I think that many of these MMA “coaches” are simply hangers on that are desperate to be involved in MMA in any capacity.
The amount of time and effort to train an amateur MMA fighter is tremendous. My son Chris Wing fought 11 amateur fights before I turned him pro. Our only other Pro fighter Joe Synol fought 7 amateur fights before I turned him Pro. Chris won championships in three different weight classes and Joe Synol held a Championship in one weight class.
I drive my fighters hard, very hard in fact. MMA is not a tickling contest; those guys are out to hurt each other. To send some kid into an event where he could literally leave strapped to a stretcher takes much moral responsibility. I find it sad and nearly criminal that some inept or incompetent school owners are willing to risk the safety and well being of their students simply to say that their school has a “fight team.”