MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is one of the fastest growing spectator sports currently. Being a hybrid of various disciplines including boxing, Muay Thai, jiu jitsu, wrestling, karate, judo and many more, the fighters can strike, grapple, either standing or on the ground and take down their opponent inside a cage (octagon). The fight is won by submission, knock-out or by referee decision in the event the fight lasts the given rounds.
MMA has had much criticism due it’s no-holds-barred image, but in recent years it has become more popular and widely practiced by both professional and amateur fighters as it’s one of the most challenging combat sports.
At Monarchy MMA we have adapted our classes to suit all skill levels, including beginners, not just to MMA, but to any martial arts.
History of MMA
Believed to have its origins in Ancient Greece during the Olympic Games where fighters competed in a sport called pankration that included a mix of striking and grappling skills similar to MMA, the modern form of Mixed Martial Arts came to attention in the 1990s with the formation of the UFC.
In slightly older times, the concept of matching up different styles of fighting against each other goes back to the early 1900s in Japan, the 1920s in Russia and 1950s in Brazil with the founder of BJJ, Helio Gracie.
Even Bruce Lee was quoted saying “...the best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style, to be formless, to to adopt an individual's own style and not following the system of styles.”. His mixed fighting style and mentality got him nickname as the father of Mixed Martial Arts by Dana White, the president of UFC in 2004.
The formation of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champion), the primary promoter of MMA, came about when the Gracie family showcased their form of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in America at a contest in Denver which became known as UFC 1 in 1993.
After the success of the first event, more followed, but not without issues. Known for its brutality as there was minimal rules in the original contests, the sport was condemned until regulations were put in place in 2001.
The sport evolved from a mainly brawler sport to a competition of skill, stamina and heart. More fighters practiced multiple disciplines and it came under the same regulatory bodies as boxing, making MMA a mainstream sport practiced across the globe today.
Benefits of MMA
Apart from the obvious reasons why MMA is a good sport to learn, like self-defense, or taking it on as a sport, there are plenty of physical and mental benefits. So, if you’re still wondering whether to take the leap or not, here’s some pros.
- Coordination. The use of multiple types of attack and defense strategies requires a huge amount of coordination for you to be able to flow in a fight. Training in MMA will not only help your fight coordination, but also in every aspect of your life.
- Cardio. Because of the amount of strain your body will undertake during a fight, a MMA fighter needs to train hard. Not only punching, kicking and grappling, but you will train your strength and stamina. And our classes are aimed at getting you to your fittest!
- Confidence. It has been proven that not only do you get stronger, but your self-esteem is positively affected. Knowing you can defend yourself in a difficult situation will give you some peace-of-mind.
- Stress. Apart from the physical benefits of MMA, there is a lot of psychological ones too. A good workout relieves a lot of stress, and don’t forget you get to punch and kick things!
- Discipline. As with many martial arts, you’ll learn discipline. Whether it’s from sticking to your routine or achieving your goals within your training, discipline plays a major role in MMA.
- Fun. Not only will you get to have fun learning different martial arts, but you’ll meet other like-minded students at Monarchy MMA classes, and even though it might feel like punishment at time, you’ll still have a good laugh.