What is MMA Known For?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows competitors to use a wide range of fighting methods and skills from a variety of other combat sports.

While standing and on the ground, the regulations allow for the use of both striking and grappling methods. Athletes from several martial arts disciplines fight under a common set of rules in competitions.

What is MMA?

Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is a fighting sport in which two contestants use three broad methods to gain dominance over one another: striking, finishing holds, and control.

The regulations let the fighters use punches, kicks, joint-locks, chokes, takedowns, and throws among other martial arts techniques. Knockout, submit (one fighter yields victory to the other by tapping the mat or his opponent with his hand), or stoppage by the referee, fight doctor, or a competitor’s cornerman are the most common methods of victory.

MMA can also refer to any modern type of martial arts that incorporates methods and theories from a variety of sports. This is especially true of MMA methods that train with a combination of ground fighting, stand-up strikes, and takedowns. The primary purpose of this page is to provide information on mixed martial arts (MMA) as a “realistic, few rules, full contact fight sport,” rather than to discuss hybrid martial arts that aren’t typically used in minimal-rules competitive environments.

What are the Fighting Styles Used in MMA?

MMA fighters utilize a number of different fighting styles in bouts. The most common fighting styles used in MMA are boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Judo, Karate, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and Wrestling.

Here is a short description of the top MMA fighting styles:  

Boxing: Fighting with one’s fists, commonly while wearing protective leather gloves. Boxers, often known as the “sweet science,” attack with intricate footwork and rapid jabs.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ): Carlos Gracie founded the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the mid-1920s. He passed on the techniques he learnt from Esai Maeda, a Japanese judo instructor. Later, the skills were tweaked to need less strength and be more effective against larger opponents. The popularity of Brazilian jiu-jitsu grew as a result of its practitioners’ performance in no-holds-barred competitions.

Jiu-Jitsu: Throwing, joint locks, hitting, and weapons training are all part of this ancient Japanese martial art.

Judo: Jigoro Kano established a sporty Japanese martial art adapted from Jiu-Jitsu in 1882. Judo is now an Olympic sport that focuses on throwing techniques. Striking is not permitted.

Karate: Many Japanese and Okinawan martial arts go by the name karate. While many karate forms are recognized for their forceful, linear techniques, several also employ softer, circular techniques. Kyokushinkai, Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu, and Kenpo—the first “Americanized” variation of karate—are some of the most prominent styles.

Kick-Boxing: Boxing punches and martial arts kicks are combined in this sporty martial art. Muay Thai, full-contact karate, and Asian Rules Fighting are just a few examples of distinct styles with different rules.

Kung-Fu: Gung Fu, Chinese Boxing, and Wu Shu are all terms for the same thing. There are hundreds of different Kung Fu styles to choose from. Many of them are based on animal motions. Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Pau Kua, Tai-Chi-Ch’uan, and Shuai Chiao are some of the most well-known Kung Fu systems.

Taekwondo: Taekwondo is a Korean martial art recognized for its flamboyant kicking techniques. It is one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world.

Wrestling: The world’s oldest sport, in which competitors compete hand-to-hand in an attempt to throw or take down their opponent without delivering a blow. Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and catch-as-catch-can are examples of wrestling styles.

What is the Point of MMA?

The point of MMA is to attain mental and physical strength.

To develop self-confidence, self-esteem, the ability to overcome hurdles and hardship, mental fortitude, the ability to overcome past issues that can stifle inner progress, and the ability to develop self-confidence. Because martial arts are not easy, you must develop these principles at your own pace. You have no one to compete against because you are not participating in a team sport. Competing with oneself improves these mental components because you can see your development as you practice, which boosts your confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect. These are all principles you learn when training in Mixed Martial Arts, and you begin to develop them in the gym and in class. Then you apply the mental principles you’ve learnt there to every other facet of your life.