What is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Hi again everybody, Matt the awesome Activator writing to you again. If you have read my Bio on the website or my previous blog posts you may know that I love martial arts, I am a Blue Belt 1 stripe in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black belt in Judo, and I also have begun to do some wrestling and striking here and there. Exciting news, we are setting up an Active Students Mixed Martial Arts session in semester B, Fridays 2-3 in the cricket hall and I can’t wait to coach the grappling aspect of it. So this blog I have written is to give you an insight into what Mixed Martial Arts is.

What is MMA?

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is quickly growing in popularity around the world. It is a very dynamic sport that involves a range of different combat styles in both grappling and striking such as; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai and Taekwondo, etc.

What are the benefits of training?

MMA is suitable for both male and females and is a great way to keep fit, have fun and meet new and interesting people. It’s a great way to relieve some stress. The techniques learned are effective and applicable in many situations, therefore boosting confidence and self-defence awareness. The active students sessions will be safe, fun and engaging for all abilities, nothing serious and nothing competitive.

How did the Sport begin?

The sport began in 1993 where the Gracie family from Brazil set up the very first tournament called the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This tournament invited elite level competitors who each represented their fighting style consisting of Boxing, taekwondo, sumo, kickboxing, karate and more. Representing the Gracie family was a young man named Royce Gracie, an expert in the family generated art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The tournament altogether was set up so that the Gracie family could showcase the supremacy of this new martial art to the world by challenging other representatives of particular styles. Put simply, Royce Gracie Smashed them with his ground fighting submissions. The strikers had no idea what to do on the ground. This changed the world of fighting forever, and from then on grappling is perceived as an important aspect of every MMA fighters training. This is one of the reasons why I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Rules

An MMA fight is sectioned into 3 rounds each lasting 5 minutes. Or 5 rounds for championship belts. The fight takes place within a cage or a ring with canvas/matted flooring. A fight is won by knockout, technical knockout (TKO), submission or judge’s decision based on effective striking, grappling, aggression and control. There are ethical rules that apply which acts against illegal actions such as strikes to the groin, eye poking, grabbing the fence, etc.

Matt’s Favourite MMA Athletes

I love to watch MMA and here are some of my favourite athletes, feel free to search them on Youtube for some great examples;

Ronda Rousey,

Georges St Pierre,

Rafael dos Angos,

Anderson Silva,

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza,

Joanna Jedrzejczyk,

Paige Vanzant,

Conor McGregor,

BJ Penn.



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