Bravin' it with Bryan: MMA

Veta Arteaga is a local MMA fighter who competes in Bellator.

Most people want to avoid fighting.

Mixed martial artist Veta Arteaga welcomes it nearly every day.

"'You are getting hit?!'" Arteaga asked herself. "I know, it's what I do."

Arteaga has lightning-fast reactions.

I do not.

Arteaga let me join her for a quick MMA session.

"You don't want to be too forward. You don't want to be too back," Arteaga said regarding a fighter's stance.

Arteaga trains and teaches at Combat Fitness in Boise.

While going through some punching and kicking techniques, I learned there is actually a big similarity between MMA and broadcasting.

Protect your face.

"This (hand) stays up because this is your moneymaker," Arteaga said circling her face.

While I was slowly going over some basic combinations there was actually a more difficult part that pretty much just involved standing.

Being a punching bag.

"So am I going to feel some pain?" I asked Arteaga, who was fitting a body cushion around me.

"Haha no…maybe," she said with a laugh.

I stood my ground mainly because she took it easy on me.

Arteaga has a 2-1 professional MMA record, fighting in Bellator. Her last fight came in September in Texas.

She's now preparing for her next bout, whenever that may be.

And for her, practice makes perfect.

"You have to believe in your training because you fight how you practice," Arteaga said.

Under her guidance, I learned MMA is a bit like dancing - a violent one.

"Act like your leg is a knife and you are cutting through it," she said regarding a kicking motion.

And the lesson ended with a compliment, probably one that could be easily taken down - even by me.

"You're an expert," Arteaga said. "He's ready to go in the cage."

I'll leave that job to her.