Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become a very popular full contact combat sport, largely thanks to the efforts of the UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is managed by Dana White. The UFC was quickly joined by Bellator and One Championship, and these organisations hold live events on a regular basis.
There are numerous martial arts that come together to form MMA, which includes:
- Thai Boxing
If you are looking to learn BJJ in Reading, there are MMA gyms with qualified instructors and it should be noted that MMA is a tough sport if you are looking to compete. Many people train MMA purely to get fit and learn some self-defence and aside from some friendly grappling, they do not wish to actually compete.
MMA has multiple levels, namely the stand-up game and the ground game; the stand-up game involves striking, kicking and blocking defensively. Much like boxing, you learn how to jab and throw a punch; don’t worry, you are wearing protective gear when practicing with classmates, while at other times, you will hit the bag or pads.
This where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo come into play, you will learn take-down strategies and how to defend against such a move. The instructor demonstrates a move, then you and your training partner simulate this many times until it becomes second nature. The intensity of the training increases as does your level of fitness and stamina and that’s when the training is enjoyable.
Weapons in MMA
Technically, you have eight weapons; two fists, two elbows, two feet and two knees; Thai boxing teaches you how to use the elbows and knees; these are very dangerous weapons and great care is needed when sparring.
Check Out your Local Gym
If you are interested in joining an MMA class, take a trip to your local MMA gym after 5pm and feel the vibes; there’s bound to be at least one MMA class running, so you can watch what goes down. The sessions typically last for 90 minutes, with a short break halfway through and the instructor is there to assist you if you need help. If you want to join a class to see how you get on, this is usually possible and if MMA is not for you, perhaps you could try boxing or Jiu-Jitsu.
MMA is sweeping the world and this very demanding discipline offers a real challenge to those who wish to practice.