Mixed martial arts

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen, heard or even trained in some sort of martial art in your life now. And with martial arts in the media and mainstream films, as well as a school or gym in almost every city in America. It is quite safe to say that you were introduced to a form of combat known as mixed martial arts. But if not, keep reading this little manual on what is mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts, or MMA for short, are a full-contact combat sport that allows participants to fight inside an octagon-shaped cage, string rings or even on raised platforms, depending on the style or of the association. The fighters use a combination of fighting techniques and styles, which they have learned and refined in many hours of hard training in the gym using different training methods. The fighters are allowed to use any combination of shots, takedowns and fights to get points, drop the opponent or force them to submit by touching.

Although mixed martial arts or MMA broke out in 1993 with the first Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC, fighting styles and mixed competitions have been around since 648 BC, where it was called pankration and was presented at the Olympic Games of that time. Historical records show that there were similar styles in the 1800s that continued until the early 1900s up until the present day and, as I believe, in the future.

The fighting styles of the past differ from MMA in that they were developed and created as a means of self-defense or to be used by soldiers in combat and in war. Where as today’s MMA it is still a form of self-defense but it is used predominantly in entertainment and sports competition. Although, not much different now than in the past where fighters of various disciplines came together to test their skills and techniques, today the MMA has established rules for the safety of competitors and to help promote the sport.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC can be seen on many TV stations and is regularly featured as a pay-per-view event. It is very safe to say that today MMA has become more popular than any other combat sport, especially since more people are willing to pay to watch it live or on television for wrestling or boxing.

There are many different weight classes currently used by the UFC to promote fair competition, even more so now that the popularity of the sport has grown so much over the years. And now the number of competitors is much greater than ever, with new men and women fighters entering the sport every day.

As stated before, a fighter can win an MMA in several ways: either by scoring points with clean techniques, strikes, takedowns and / or grappling on the floor to win with a decision made; causing the opponent to escape or forcing them to submit by touching! If the referee stops a match due to a fighter who does not defend well or is unable to counterattack, he is known as a technical or TKO knockout. The attack can deduct points or even disqualify a fighter for illegal contact or foul, especially if he has been committed intentionally or has not been any dispute for an involuntary foul.

The biggest difference of MMA compared to other sports like boxing or wrestling is the ring in which the fighters compete. It is built on a large octagon-shaped platform surrounded by a padded metal structure wrapped in a chain link fence that forms a battlefield in a cage for those brave MMA warriors to let off steam through their voices.

Fighters entering this cage must be equipped with the proper equipment. They can only enter a game wearing approved tops (for women), shorts, shoes and gloves. The most important, I feel like being, the gloves must have at least one inch of padding around the knuckles and be approved, they also have what is called a half finger, unlike the boxing gloves, so the fighter will be able to use the fingers and grab the alternative for grappling and takedown, reducing the risk of injury to the fingers.

Everyone knows that MMA is nice to look at, but it can be just as fun to compete or be involved in it. It has many advantages to be gained through its proper use and training, which include weight loss, strength gain and a great form of self defense. So what are you waiting for, let your beast MMA!