Not very hard to imagine but let’s say if you came across a bully; someone, who troubles others for no rhyme or reason, other than for perhaps his own amusement. Authorities would probably recommend punishing him, perhaps reprimanding and even expelling him from the premises.
We would on the contrary recommend him joining MMA training. Yes we know what you are thinking, why should I send my worst nemesis to gain physical skills to bully me even more. True it may be on paper that the bully will now have the backing of advanced fighting skills and the potential of devastating his targets with even more ferocity. However what we lack in this assessment is the mental side of learning mixed martial arts, a side often neglected when studying the pros and cons of the sport.
Forrest Griffin a famous UFC veteran once said that in a bar fight in Las Vegas 99 times out of 100 it would be a fighter who would break up the fight; not be involved in one. A former world heavy weight champion Frank Mir said in a recent interview that he hates confrontation and would much rather avoid walking into a situation which requires him to use his physical skill set. Why would such accomplished MMA athletes avoid getting into physical confrontations? The answer is actually quite simple.
MMA makes a person more humble. It makes one realise that no matter ‘who’ you think you are and no matter how good you are, there is always someone better than you. MMA training involves training with several training partners, some better than others in certain forms of martial arts.
On a certain day you could be training with say, Joe, now Joe is an accomplished BJJ player however his stand up game, his kick boxing and boxing is below par. If you don’t work with him on his stand up and if you don’t give his respect while boxing you can rest assure that when you start grappling, he will most certainly not take it easy on you when he grabs your neck for a rear naked choke. Training in MMA makes you work in a team while competing in a very individual sport. Randy Couture, UFC Hall of Famer, once said that his success was directly related to the team he was training with, and that is in fact the truth.
If your bully therefore feels he is ‘baddest’ man on the planet, a session of Muay Thai where he gets kicked a few times on the thigh or a session on jiu jitsu (bjj) where he gets submitted by people half his size or even getting ‘out-boxed’ by a faster more refined boxer would go a long way in adjusting the attitude of this bully.