Mixed Martial Arts. Three Main Aspects to Excel in MMA
The growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA in the world of sport is spreading in all corners of the earth. An increase in the number of people enrolling in Mixed Martial Art training has been noted as well. You can now view live fights on pay-per-view, cable and even network television. Much of its explosive growth can be attributed to the first MMA event held in America back in November of 1993 where the Ultimate Fighting Championships contest was conducted to determine which martial art was the most effective. The tournament which featured 8 representatives from several fighting styles like Karate, Sumo, Kickboxing, Shoot Fighting, Boxing, Savate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling all came to fight for the title.
The eye-popping and jaw-dropping tournament culminated with Royce Gracie as the ultimate fighter representing the martial art BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) with its unique and revolutionary style of fighting. Since then the world of Mixed Martial Arts was never the same again. The Mixed Martial Arts experienced a sudden spike in popularity, especially the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art. Sportsmen who are traditionally undergoing Mixed Martial Art training with focus on stand-up striking techniques realized they also need to learn ground-fighting strategies to keep up with the fast evolving trend in martial arts. Most of the serious modern MMA fighters are now being cross-trained in the three main aspects of MMA which are striking, wrestling and submissions.
Striking – Several martial arts have already begged off from the MMA competition due to its unsuitability for cage fighting. The ones that have been proven with effective striking styles are American boxing, Kick Boxing, and Muay Thai.
Wrestling – The ability to take down the opponent as well as the ability to defend against take-downs is important in Mixed Martial Arts. A fighter with a good wrestling background would be able to easily take their opponent down and finish them off with striking techniques which will keep them pinned on the ground. This style is popularly known as ‘ground n pound’.
Submissions – The previous achievement of BJJ can be accounted for the zero submission defense knowledge of the opponents. However, the strikers and wrestlers are now also undergoing the basic submission defense in mixed martial art training to avoid being choked or arm-barred.
So if you want to excel in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, you need to be well-rounded and incorporate these three aspects in your training. However, if you are still planning to enter the MMA sports, you should first condition yourself. You need to be physically ready for the training so it is crucial for you to be in shape. Once you are well-conditioned, you can proceed with the training in confidence knowing that you will be able to keep up with the intensity of Mixed Martial Art training. Basically, you will be ahead of the game and learn at a quicker pace. Eventually, you will also find your niche in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
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