Originally Posted by Krossinc
Seems to me that an MMA gym is not really your thing.
This, and the badminton comment.
Last Nov. I started coaching wrestling at a BJJ club and after I coach for the 1st hour, I roll with the guys at the end and I have zero grappling experience or knowledge of submissions aside from watching TV and youtube. I was also dead tired but that's how you get in shape. I usually can't move the day after and for some reason can't turn my head to the left after almost every session. But for me, I love the feeling of being tired. I don't think its possible to get in shape without working hard... And when you're talking about the "lion's den", I learn by far the most by getting submitted, sometimes I even ask to start in their guard. The most important thing is just not to get hurt so don't go with someone that you think will hurt you.
Anyways, you should probably opt out and pick up the discipline you want to learn at a more relaxed place without aspiring fighters. I'm also doing kickboxing but since I want my brain in one piece, I do it at a community center so its a bunch of randoms and I regularly opt out of sparring.