MMA, also known as Mixed Martial Arts is a very common form of martial arts that has gained a lot of popularity in the past decades.
However, MMA is a very complex sport and is not for everybody. In this post, we will go through the most common reasons people quit MMA.
Keep in mind that we are focusing on casual MMA hobbyists, rather than professional MMA or UFC fighters, that have different reasons for quitting.
Let’s get started!
1. Not having enough time
Probably the most common reason is simply not having enough time and energy.
People have jobs, school, family-related things and who knows what else. Sometimes there just is not enough time and energy to put into hobbies, especially for something as physically intense as MMA.
Life situations may change a lot in one direction or another. People might be forced to quit because of changing life situations.
However, things can change back to easier, and maybe then it’s time to get back into MMA, or some other martial art.
2. Lack of motivation
Next up is the lack of motivation, which can be caused by several things.
Those things can be for example not seeing enough progress or losing several fights in a row.
It might feel like you have hit a dead end and are not going anywhere. If this is the case, you could look for alternative martial arts to go by.
The reason might also be that you are simply bored with MMA and have no interest in continuing. It is not uncommon, even if for some MMA is the most important thing in their lives.
3. Getting old
Getting older can be a big factor as well. MMA is a physically very challenging sport and especially if you are competing and sparring in the ring, it might hurt a lot.
If this is the case, it might be okay to switch to a more casual martial art, that is easier on your body physically.
4. Moving out of town
Moving to another city can also be the final nail in the coffin for your beloved hobby.
On top of the actual moving process, it can take a long time to find a new MMA gym to continue practicing at.
Keep in mind that the longer you stay away from practicing, the more difficult it will be to start over.
I have made a guide to picking the best MMA gym, check it out if interested.
5. MMA is too hard
Let’s be real here. MMA is a really difficult sport since it focuses on all aspects of fighting. Punches, kicks, chokeholds, ground fighting in general. You name it, MMA probably includes it.
Therefore, it can be just too much to learn all the different aspects. There are martial arts that focus only on one aspect of fighting.
If you like punching, boxing could be an alternative. For ground fighting lovers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu or judo could be the way to go.
There are so many martial arts out there you don’t have to settle for something you don’t enjoy.
However, martial arts do have a lot of benefits to them, so I would not recommend quitting them for good.
6. Financial reasons
MMA can also be really costly, especially when times are tough.
When it comes to reducing costs in your budget, sometimes, there are more important things than an MMA gym membership or a new rashguard.
If this is the case, you could consider building a small home MMA gym for your needs. I have a full guide for that, you can find it here.
No matter how careful you are, injuries are part of MMA.
They can also occur while doing something completely else. Maybe you fall on the stairs and break an arm.
That might force you to take a long break from training MMA. Sometimes it might cause you to quit for good.
8. They started for self-defense
Some people start MMA purely for self-defense reasons. They want to be able to protect themselves in a situation where it’s necessary.
After they have been practicing for a year or so, they might just quit because they feel like they have achieved their goal.
That is completely understandable. Especially if they didn’t really enjoy doing MMA.
Should you quit MMA?
If you have a valid reason to quit, then it really is up to you. However, training martial arts have so many benefits to them I would say to really consider hard before quitting.
On the other hand, if MMA is not for you, you might be looking for alternative martial arts to try out.
In conclusion, probably the two most common reasons people quit MMA are the lack of time and lack of motivation.
On top of that, people might have completely different reasons, not just the ones listed here.
Professional fighters can also have something completely different reasons behind their quitting. Maybe they have lost a lot of fights, or they just want to quit as champs.
Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!