Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, judo and other styles. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration. Various mixed style contests also took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s.
The combat sport of Vale Tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is currently the largest MMA promotion company worldwide. Prior to the UFC, professional MMA events had also been held in Japan by Shooto since 1989.
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Since the sport has no prejudice of style, fighters and martial artists from all over the world can compete. Major events are held in the US, the UK, Brazil, Korea, and Japan, with smaller events being held in places like Holland, France, China, the Philippines, Lithuania, Russia, and Canada.
What to Expect
Warm up and fitness/ conditioning exercises. Pad work using focus mitts, Thai pads and kick shields. Sparring (please note that you will not be expected to join in with sparring until you feel comfortable to do so, and have the necessary protective equipment).
MMA for Beginners
As a beginner you will receive plenty of help and guidance in your first sessions. With some regular training you will quickly pick up the basics.