Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Basic Info

| January 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Despite the array of martial arts and styles, most of them share common techniques, and so they can be organized into broad categories that facilitate understanding. The primary way of classifying martial arts is by the basic physical technique they use: striking or grappling.

Martial arts are now practiced throughout the world. About 100 million people participate in the martial arts as a means of self-defense, physical fitness, mental tranquility, and competition. There are about 200 distinct martial arts, and within each one are specific schools called styles or systems. These styles number in the thousands.

The striking technique, technically referred to as percussive, uses blows with the hands, elbows, feet, knees, and head. Such popular martial arts as karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do fall under this category.

Grappling arts, on the other hand, primarily employ throwing, locking, and wrestling techniques. These arts seek to neutralize aggressive action by gaining control over an adversary without necessarily striking the person. The most popular grappling arts are jujutsu, judo, and aikido.

Judo (Japanese for ‘gentle way’) is an art of self-defense developed from jujutsu in 1882 by Japanese educator Kano Jigoro. Like jujutsu, judo is a method of turning an opponent’s force to one’s own advantage through grappling and throwing skills. Instead of directly opposing the opponent’s strength, the goal is to yield to him or her, which will unbalance the opponent. This makes it easier to complete a throw.

The martial arts can also be divided into those that prohibit weapons and those that require them. In judo, for example, competitors use only their bodies, but in many styles of kung fu, weapons represent an essential part of the basic training. Common weapons used in martial arts include swords, staffs, and spears made of wood or metal. Firearms are never used.

Martial arts can also be divided by function and philosophy into traditional and nontraditional, according to the way they are taught. Traditional teachers emphasize self-improvement, whereas non-traditionalists emphasize self-defense. When instructing their students, traditionalists focus on three priorities, in the following order: spiritual development, discipline, and aesthetic form. Nontraditional instruction accents combat, discipline, and spiritual development. Both schools of thought offer advantages to students, encouraging the cultivation of such traits as self-confidence, which can then be successfully carried over and applied to everyday life.

Newer forms of martial arts such as Bazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai are also gaining tremendous popularity for its health and lifestyle benefits. BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend himself against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Martial sports like kickboxing are also very popular. Kickboxing is the main martial arts spectator sport because of its extensive international television coverage. The sport was first developed in Thailand hundreds of years ago, but in the 1970s it was adopted by Americans, who helped make it popular all over the world. Kickboxing techniques involve the hand techniques of Western boxing and the kicking techniques of the Eastern martial arts. Contestants wear gloves and footpads.

Evolution Martial Arts, a studio that teaches men, women, and kids of Tampa and Carrollwood focuses on training Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to its students for self-defense and self-improvement. Their school’s main disciples are Barzilan Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Gracia Jiu Jitsu, karate, judo, kickboxing, and wrestling.

The studio also provides afterschool pick up programs for kids, which means helping them finish homework and then train, straight from school.

Evolution Martial Arts
14436 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: (813) 961-5425
Email: rcook10@verizon.net
Website: http://www.graciebarraevolution.com

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