A Guide to Starting MMA at Kyuzo- FAQs

We get quite a few questions about how to start the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (aka MMA, UFC, or Cage Fighting as commonly used terms). We are a little bit different from most MMA clubs and gyms with regard to this, so here’s an explanation.

Can I start MMA as a complete beginner at Kyuzo?

The short answer to this is yes. Beginners are always welcome at Kyuzo. However you must also be training in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before beginning training in the MMA session on a Tuesday evening. We do not allow people to just come to our MMA class.

Can I just train MMA and not the other programmes?

No. We require you to have some beginner knowledge of striking and grappling. So you must train in BJJ and Muay Thai also.

Niall Hanley (Kyuzo, Dublin) gets his hand raised after his decision victory over Quigley (Torres, Derry) in Derry City, 2016.

Can I compete (fight) in MMA with your club?

Yes. We train fighters for a variety of levels of competition. We have novice (sports hall on mats) competitors as well as professional (paid fighters in Arenas) fighters in our club.

How long before I’m able to fight in a cage?

There is no set time however for a first time fighter and everyone is individually assessed, however as a rough estimate, a complete beginner, training on average 4 times per week, would take approximately 2 years to get to their first Amateur fight. Novice bouts with reduced striking and on mats may take shorter time periods.

I can’t train that much, can I still get a fight?

Why would you want to fight without training a lot for it?

I’m impatient and want to do it sooner!

You can train every day and work hard and you may do it a little sooner, but expect around 2 years.

Austin Lynch (Kyuzo MMA) lands a right hand on Padraig Magee (Torres MMA) on his way to winning the bantamweight MMA title at Cage Legacy 28/10/16
(Photo Credit, KO Media)

I have experience in another martial art/combat sport. Can I come training?

Yes, however it’s important to remember that you will still be a novice in other areas of our sport and that these must be trained too.

I just want to get fit and learn. I’ve no interest in fighting.

No worries. You can use MMA as a method of fitness and to learn the sport. Fewer than 10% of our membership actually compete, and some of our MMA class have no interest in fighting competitively.

I’m under 18. Can I still train and compete?

We take people from 15 years of age and upwards. However we do not allow full-contact MMA bouts to be participated in before the age of 18. Minors may train but only participate in grappling or reduced contact bouts under strict supervision.

What gear do I need to train MMA?

The compulsory equipment list for MMA training is


  • Boxing Gloves (14oz for -80kgs fighters, 16oz for +80kgs)
  • MMA sparring type gloves,
  • Leather Muay Thai shin/instep pads (no cotton pads please)
  • Hand wrap
  • Mouthpiece
  • Groin guard for men

Those participating in full sparring must have a closed face Headguard that provides protection to the cheek and orbital bones.

Are there medical checks for competitors?

When you begin to compete in Amateur Mixed Martial Arts events, there are safety checks that you must go through to be granted permission to compete. These are a full medical by a doctor, an MRI scan of the brain to detect any abnormalities, and a 6 monthly blood test. Overall, it costs about €220 to be cleared to fight for your first fight, and about €50 every 6 months after that. Kyuzo subsidises your MRI scan by 50%.

All of our fighters are Martial Artists FIRST and fighters SECOND. Competitive fights are only a very small part of what we do. We build skills!

Hopefully this answers your questions and we’ll see you down in the gym soon!



Kyuzo is Dublin’s best beginner training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts club. we really believe that we can help you out and get your started in the very best way possible in the martial arts. We run beginner Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes twice a week, every week! We also have mixed martial arts, muay thai and a gym under our roof. When you sign up to Kyuzo you’re joining a great club full of friendly faces!

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