In any new sport there is a learning curve, wherein one learns concepts really fast and easy for a bit, and then the lessons get extremely hard. For some this leads to training fatigue, causing the m to stop training or learning altogether. One way to avoid training fatigue is be put through tests to challenge your knowledge, or you might be personally mentored to ensure your knowledge of the skillsets. Therefore as Julia Child said, you should find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. This will enable the fighter to push through pain and fatigue and get to their goals.
“When you want to give up, just think of all the individuals who would love to see you fail. Don’t give them the pleasure.” In certain disciplines this is doubly essential, if working in a lab setting and are unfamiliar with how a pipette works, this could hamper one’s ability to perform basic techniques. Therefore a person will often shadow another until they feel confident in their own right, then they will be let loose after their ability has been double checked.
It is the same with MMA, if a person is not safe on their feet they can get hurt, or hurt others, and they need to grasp the basic skills before being thrust into the more complex intricacies of the sport. The artist should be completely comfortable in their own skin on the mat before they try to tackle new moves with other people. Drilling the moves and watching the example of people who know the drills helps tremendously. It allows the learner to gauge whether or not they are retaining the correct knowledge in doing the moves and avoid injury.