What is Mixed Martial Arts?
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport that was made famous by the UFC. It was created to answer the question, “What is the best martial arts?” Through empirical evidence of over 200 hundred events the data has suggested that success in hand to hand combat comes from a proficient understanding of the 4 phases of fighting which are striking, clinching, wall clinching and ground.The confinement of the caged octagon has created 4 distinct phases of fighting: shoot boxing, clinching, wall clinching and ground fighting with strikes allowed. In the shoot boxing phase of MMA individuals are allowed to strike and takedown their opponents.
The styles of Martial Arts that have found success in this phase are Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate and Free Style Wrestling. The Martial Arts that have found success in the Clinching phase of MMA where opponents are allowed to grab and strike each other are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Greco Roman Wrestling, Muay Thai, Free Style Wrestling, Judo and Dirty Boxing. Wall clinching is the phase of MMA where opponents use the structure of the caged fence to pin there opponent and unleash strikes in the clinch, takedown opponents in the clinch and the use the cage as wedge to pin a opponent on the ground while initiating strikes or setting up submissions. The Martial Arts that have found success in this phase of MMA are Greco Roman Wrestling, Free Style Wrestling, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Dirty Boxing.
The last phase of MMA is Ground fighting where opponents establish dominant positions of control to deliver strikes or set up submissions. Therefore, using Martial Arts such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Free Style Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling and Judo in combination will lead to a higher rate of success in the combat sport of MMA.
Our academy teaches MMA in digestible chunks, introducing and developing a proficient understanding of specific individual martial arts, primarily Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Free Style Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling and Judo. Then slowly combine these Martial Arts in specific transition, positions and scenarios through drills and controlled sparring until student are proficiently versed in the 4 Phases of MMA.