Mixed Martial Arts Baltimore: Three Disciplines Make Up Traditional Mixed Martial Arts Focus

| December 23, 2010

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is a full contact sport allowing a wide variety of fighting techniques.  These techniques range from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions used in competitions.  These competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete following rules that allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing.

Mixed martial arts can be traced back to various mixed style contests that took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s.  With the founding of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), modern MMA competition emerged in 1993.

Most ‘traditional’ mixed martial arts have a specific focus and these arts could be trained to improve in that area.  The most popular disciplines for each type include:

Stand-up – Various forms of boxing, kickboxing and forms of full contact karate focus this discipline to improve footwork, kicking and other techniques.
Clinch – Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo and Judo are trained to improve takedowns, clinching and throws.  Muay Thai is trained to improve the striking aspect of the clinch.
Ground – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Sambo, among others, are trained to improve ground control and position.  This focus also helps achieve submission holds and defense.

Initially, mixed martial arts were practiced exclusively by competitive fighters.  However, the sport has become more mainstream and more widely taught and has become accessible to a wider range of individuals of all ages.  This type of training is safe for anyone, at any age and with varying levels of competitiveness.

The key to a successful result of mixed martial arts training is to find the right trainer and maintain a consistent workout schedule.

About Mixed Martial Arts Baltimore:

Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the Team Lloyd Irvin Training Center for the Baltimore Area. They are the ONLY Mid-Atlantic Team to have members competing at the highest levels in Mixed Martial Arts, Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Whether you’re an aspiring competitor or casual student, you will benefit from training in our friendly, professional, and ego-free environment.  For more information, please visit the website http://www.Baltimore-MMA.com.

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