What do you need to fight in the LFS ring one day? Well, firstly you need to find a local martial arts gym and train. Hard. Look for a club that is affiliated to MASA (Martial Arts South Africa). The ‘core’ martial art is up to you, but bear in mind that martial arts can be very different. The best preparation for the LFS would be a full-contact striking art, with an element of realism in its training. Then perhaps a working knowledge of a submission-based ground art would be a useful addition, even if it’s just to defend and get back to your feet, but you’d need to have a good sprawl if you want to stay standing.
Fitness is also very important, it’s easy to under-estimate how much an adreneline dump can take out of you – some fighters can spar for 30 minutes straight in the gym, but are ‘gassed’ in 3 minutes in a live environment, especially when two warriors are giving it everything they’ve got. Weight training? Well, it does help to be strong, but remember that every hour in the gym is an hour not spent improving your fighting technique and too much muscle can tire you out quickly because it’s more weight to carry round, and muscles need more oxygen to work.
Also don’t forget a good coach. You need to be able to tune into what your coach is shouting while you fight, as experienced advice from a 3rd party perspective is worth its weight in gold. Then when your coach says your ready to compete, go for it!