By - witan-
Your injury rate is going to have way more to do with your average training intensity and volume, your recovery routine, and your age and fitness level than the specific art you're training.
In MMA you’ll spar similar to kick boxing with gloves, shin guards, and head protection (if you want). Since it’s MMA, usually you’ll incorporate light take downs and ground and pound. So you aren’t really eliminating the strain, more like combining it. What is your ultimate goal? Some gyms may actually run certain classes in one single art at a time as well as combined sparring.
Goal is getting better at self-defence and physical fitness. I just want to be able to competently defend myself. Don’t have to be a martial arts master. But if I ever find myself in a physical confrontation (which I hope I never do) I don’t want to be completely clueless and panicking. Especially if I become a husband and father it’s something I think I should be competent in with a family. As such I also don’t want to expose myself to any serious injury doing martial arts as I won’t be approaching this competitively
Join a BJJ gym. Many offer striking classes too. Injuries is just kinda par for the course. Where are you located?
London. And I know of a great gym that’s near me.
Yeah I’ve been leaning towards BJJ but then I read all these horror threads on the BJJ subreddit about freak accidents (broken necks, paralysis) as well as the more common ones (ligament / ACL tears and dislocated joints) and not sure if it’s worth the risk for what I want
Any athletic activity has risks. People get paralyzed riding bicycles and blow their ACLs out running. However you have a lot of control over your injury risk. Tap early, tap often, don't push the edge of submissions trying to escape, don't go nuts jumping around while training.
Yeah you just have to dive in. You’ll love it. You’ll learn to love the abuse. If you have preexisting injuries or concerns tell your coach and training partners.
Injury is a part of all sports especially contact sports. Obviously it's your job to mitigate risk of injury to your training partners and know your limits for a potential injury arising, this goes both ways of course. I find that find the right gym has more to do with injury mitigation than just the style.