Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

London

Urban Kings Gym are one of London’s most respected Mixed Martial Arts gymnasium. We offer classes for all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming environment and our trainers are experts in MMA technique.

About Mixed Martial Arts

 

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 it takes

Strength
Endurance
Cardio
Flexibility

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.

Mixed Martial Arts Gallery

 

About the Trainer

 

Ashleigh Grimshaw

An immensely popular fighter with UK fans, regularly featured in a variety of MMA magazines and websites, Ashleigh has been in the MMA spot light for over 10 years., combining teaching in the last 4 years.

Ranked No. 4 in the UK featherweight rankings and current UCMMA FW Champion,  Ashleigh holds significant victories over UFC veterans Vaughan Lee, Phil Harris and David Lee.

Experience:

  • BJJ Black Belt under Jude Samuel
  • Judo brown belt
  • Former Cage Gladiators Champion (Show ended)
  • Former OMMAC Champion
  • Current UCMMA FW Champion
  • British Open BJJ silver medal winner
  • Medway Submission Championship Gold Medal winner
  • MMA record 19 wins 10 losses 1 draw (With 10 TKO’s and 4 Submission wins)
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