What is MMA?
What would you call a competition where practitioners of one martial art compete against opponents trained in totally different martial arts - where a karate guy fights a judo guy, for example, and a boxer fights an aikido guy? Easy. It’d be a “mixed martial arts competition”. They did that back in ‘93 and they called it the UFC - The Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Of course, they needed a rules structure that didn’t favour any particular art. If death prods to the armpit were banned, for example, the deadly armpit-prodding arts would be severely disadvantaged by this restriction and so, to be fair to everyone, there were no rules...
In this environment it became obvious pretty quickly that certain arts (and thus techniques) didn’t win fights - and worse... others just didn’t help at all.
Death prods were useless, of course, but even testicle attacks turn out to be remarkably easy to defend when you know they’re allowed. The logic and theory that had driven the development of so many of the world's martial arts was finally put to the test and the results were out.
A long-standing argument in the martial arts world had been over which was the single best martial art of all and with time the competition acted as an evolutionary experiment in which ineffective martial arts died out, and only "the fittest" styles and techniques survived.
And so it was that although the events were originally hosted to determine the best art, it quickly became clear that, in order to ensure success in a fight, not only were some styles next to useless but a small selection of others were, so it transpired, pretty much essential.
With this discovery made, the event changed direction a little by taking on rules, rounds and weight classes, both to make it safer to do and more entertaining to watch.
But along the way a new fighting style developed that was suited to the original real-life, rule-free nature of the event itself, a Cross breed of all the Combat arts, if you will, that grew out of the primordial soup of “real fights” in these original mixed martial arts competitions. They call that style "MMA".
And so whereas most traditional martial arts have a specific area of focus - such as striking, throwing, or grappling on the ground, and MMA is a full-contact sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, MMA is also the art itself, the style required to do well in those competitions.
MMA is no longer simply a “mix” of different martial arts (mixing Aikido with T’ai Chi and Tang Soo Do would not make MMA, for example). MMA remains a product of its heritage; it is, you might simply say, “fighting”- but the skilled version of it. It’s the complete package of skills required to handle almost any fighting possibility. It is the style of being a “complete fighter”.
But what is a complete fighter?
Well, by “complete” we generally mean you’re good at the hat-trick that is wrestling, striking and BJJ.
So why train MMA at Cross Combat...