Totowa MMA: A look inside NJ United Mixed Martial Arts Academy

“You don’t know how you’ll feel until you try!”

You really don’t know how Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will benefit you until you train with serious, friendly instructors and training partners!

“Nah, I’ll wait a few months until I feel in better shape.”

“Yeah. No. I don’t know. I’ll totally let you know how I feel later.”

“I feel that I’ve got some things to figure out first.”

^ Those are just a few one-liners I’ve heard from people who inwardly want to raise their standards from training at a traditional gym to training a martial art . . . yet at the same time don’t want to. The idea of wanting AND not wanting to do something sounds puzzling on paper. But human beings are not paper, and we express that ‘want vs. not-want’ sentiment regularly in everything from conversation to pop songs. But there’s another one-liner from NJ United MMA Muay Thai instructor Maggie Rickman that, for me, cuts through all of the ones above:

“Why not try? You don’t know how you’ll feel until you try!”

It’s a simple truth that cuts through a lot of the simple dodges we make to keep ourselves feeling safe. When it comes to trying something new, you really don’t know how you’ll feel about it until you try. I’ve been teaching and writing about martial arts for a while, and I’ve always been amazed at the contrast between people who want to try a proven martial art like Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the people who do try. I’ve seen intimidating-looking, muscle-bound men talk themselves into and then out of taking their first martial arts class . . . all within the scope of ten minutes. However, I’ve also seen shy housewives put on a pair of gloves, take an hour-long Muay Thai class, and then excitedly talk about training with their new partners tomorrow, or how they’re going to get their first organized fight!

And I think the weird truth behind this is the fact that initial feelings don’t always tell you the whole truth about a matter. So if you’re looking to fill a void in your fitness life (or if you want to straight-up start a genuinely fit life), why not try some friendly drilling and sparring in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or throw some leather in Muay Thai? Mr. Chow from The Hangover 2 has a good point! 😛

JJ Mike

Come train at NJ United Mixed Martial Arts and take advantage of our 7-day free trial offer! Whether you’re an aspiring competitor or casual student, you will benefit from training in our friendly, professional, and ego-free environment. Call us at 973-638-1570 to schedule your first class, and visit us on the web at for more info.

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