Here at AFS, our mixed martial arts program incorporates several different martial arts and techniques such as Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, grappling, Judo, and much more.
A lot of people ask this question, what is MMA? I have yet to find a good answer out there, although it should be very clear since it is time we all realize that it is here to stay. Sure, you could look it up on Wikipedia, but to me the Wikipedia article is missing the whole point of MMA since it just simply talks about where it came from. I’ll take a stab at it, we need to refer to it as what it really is, A SPORT.
Yes, MMA is Mixed Martial Arts. I see it as a proven reality. A reality formed by experience. MMA is a SPORT that formed because the participants of the original Ultimate Fighting Championship realized that they needed to make their fighting styles better by adding techniques from other martial arts disciplines. The promoters tried to make it more acceptable for main stream America by having athletic commissions regulate it and added more rules to make the fighter’s safety the number 1 priority. That is MMA. That is Mixed Martial Arts. A SPORT that consists of regulated hand to hand combat between 2 athletes trained in various forms of martial arts. An MMA Fighter is an athlete that trains himself to learn and use the best techniques from different martial arts (Muay Thai, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, and Sambo). He conditions himself with the best strength and conditioning methods in order to enter the octagon or cage and compete against another athlete under similar conditions, to see who the best is. At the end of the bout, the athlete that learned the most techniques, was able to apply them correctly and was better conditioned will prevail. That to me is a SPORT. Similar to football, where the NFL athletes have to study playbooks, condition themselves, come up with a game plan and apply their knowledge on the field to win a game, MMA athletes do the same to win a bout. Today it would be ignorant to think otherwise, MMA is a Sport and has become a lifestyle as well. Clothing lines, training gear, training facilities, nutrition are all now part of the sport’s culture.