Mixed Martial Arts - Digging Deeper Into It!
Published By: Wisey Lim. Published on April 18, 2011
Mixed Martial Arts or commonly known as MMA is a form of dynamic martial art which incorporates many forms of
different fighting styles. MMA could a mixture of any combative art but the prominent fighting styles which have molded
what it is today are:
1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: This is obvious from many of MMA fights. You could recognise the guard position and
various submission holds. These are originated from Brazilian Jui Jitsu or commonly known as BJJ.
2. Judo: The hip toss and other throws are judo's techniques which have form part of MMA.
3. Collegiate wresting: clinches and takedowns where commonly used during a MMA fight are from collegiate
4. Muay Thai: The kicks and knee-and-elbow moves, are the Muay Thai techniques.
5. Submission wrestling: This style has contributed the moves such as position flows and submission
combination to MMA.
6. western boxing: Remember the strikes used in a MMA fight? If you have ever watch a western boxing
match you will know how similar they are.
In order to become a well-rounded MMA fighter, the fighter normally combined the above combative arts
styles into one, which is commonly known as submission fighting. If you break down the Mixed Martial Arts
skill sets you will get two main categories:
1. The stand-up fighting
This category covers punches, kicks, knee-and-elbow moves, takedowns (moving your opponent from a
standing position to the ground).
2. The ground fighting
This form of fight consists of engaging a fight from a guard or mount positions, strike from a ground based
positions and submissions.
Mixed Martial Arts has become a life style that focuses on the mixture of martial art in full-contact combat.
Mixed martial artists who took part in MMA fights have become celebrities who star in blockbuster movies,
appear as characters in video games and show up in billboards. Some have even become household names. Do
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