If you are interested in sports and physical fitness, you may have heard people talking about MMA before. However, you might not know exactly what it is. The abbreviation MMA stands for mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts is a combat sport that has it origins in the early Ancient Greek Olympian combat sport know as Pankration. It was in the late 1800s though, that sport-fighting increased in popularity throughout the world. People began mixing boxing, wrestling, and other fighting styles together while putting to their skills to the tests in fighting matches, challenges, and tournaments.
In the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, Edward William Barton-Wright created one of the first popularized forms of mixed martial arts called Bartitsu. It combined such martial art forms as judo, jujutsu, kickboxing, and Canne de combat (a style of self-defense using canes). Later, in the 1960s and 70s, the famous actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, helped popularize mixed martial arts in the western world with his creation of Jeet Kune Do, a mixed martial art and lifestyle that combined a variety of fighting techniques and stressed the concept of fluidity. Mixed martial arts were further popularized in the west in the early 90s, with the founding of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).
Now that you have a brief history of the sport, let us discuss some basic facts about modern mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts practioners must keep their bodies in good shape. Mixed martial arts training typically includes work on the core. Lateral band drills, sledgehammer strikes, and hand walking are just a few things that a mixed martial artist might practice in their training. Mixed martial artists should also include cardio work into their routine. One aspect of mixed martial arts that is often overlooked in training and during fights, is proper mma gear. Proper mma clothing such as weight lifting gloves and fight shorts can help a mixed martial artist remain more comfortable during training and fights. Gear such as thai boxing gloves, thai kick pads, kickboxing gloves and punch bags, can also assist in training, making training safer while pushing the mixed martial artist to continue building their fighting skills. If you are just starting out, it is especially important that you start with a basic gear set, and a good knowledge on the sport.
Given enough dedication and skill, many people can become adept in mixed martial arts. However, to become truly skilled in mixed martial arts, it requires vigorous training, time, and a little bit of money. If you put enough effort into it, mixed martial arts can become a way for you to stay physically fit, while giving you a form of stress relief and helping you learn handy skills including but limited to self-defense, sharper reflexes, enhanced ability to deal with stress and an increase in physical strength. The benefits and skills from mixed martial arts are things that can be useful in many areas of life.