What is Mixed Martial Arts?

What is Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts, in its simplest definition, is a mixture of different martial arts styles. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) also combines the use of grappling and striking techniques. Grappling can be defined as the handling and controlling of an adversary without striking them. Examples of grappling techniques include throwing, pinning, and joint locks. Many styles of martial arts involve grappling. Judo involves throwing your opponent to the ground in order to defeat them. Wrestling is a prime example of the pinning technique of grappling. The joint lock technique is primarily employed in different forms of jiu-jitsu. The submission technique is also considered as a part of grappling, as the object is to have your opponent submit, or simply give up as a result of the particular position they are put in. Striking involves the kicking and punching of your opponent. Examples of striking styles of fighting are boxing, karate, muay thai, kickboxing, and tae kwon do.

Mixed Martial Arts training is practiced world wide and is currently the fastest growing sport since becoming main stream. MMA training is not just for the fight enthusiast. Most people who train MMA today don’t do it for the fighting but for the conditioning. In one MMA class you can easily burn in upward of 600 calories. If your goal is to lose weight or you just want to get in shape, MMA training may be the right thing for you.

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