A Look into the Influences of Mixed Martial Arts

Greek Pankration events during the Olympic Games in 648 B.C. gave birth to MMA. It was a full contact sport with very few rules, two of which is no biting and eye gouging. Such competitions were known for their brutality. But mixed martial arts has evolved from there with influences coming from all over the world.

  • It gave birth to the Asian form of hand-to-hand combat, such as judo, karate, and kung fu when a Buddhist monk travelling through India learned the aspects of pankration.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came to existence when a judo expert, Mitsuyo Maeda, visited Brazil in 1914. The sport is known as a grappling art that will teach you how to utilise a chokehold and joint lock to your advantage.
  • Modern MMA has led to the UFC where the competition rules do not discriminate against weight class, time limits, or decisions. What is more, fighters can have any martial arts background, including sumo wrestling, kickboxing, and even professional boxing. This means that if you want to win, you must train according to your opponent's expertise.

In line with the last option, you should sign up for an extensive training, given by reputable instructors, such as the team at Kevin O'Hagan's Total Combat Systems.


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