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Aug 2011 03

MMA is a cross disciplinary field that incorporates many different fighting styles and techniques. Many participants draw on their own individual specialist style to gain an advantage. The question for you, however, is which martial art do you want to master?

For anyone who wants to learn a martial art, there is a lot to know in regards to the many different styles. Of course there is the question of finding the best martial art, which is a question a lot of people ask. With so many martial arts styles to choose from, it can be very complicated to pick one to learn.

No matter what you may hear or what others have to say, it is quite impossible to name one style of martial arts as the ultimate best. Actually, there are several factors that come into play, which makes a statement about a style being the best impossible. Even though one style may beat another in a competition or a fight, doesn’t always mean that the winning style is the best.

Before deciding to rush out there or embark on our course to learn a martial art, there are several things that you should decide first. Martial arts are great to learn, no matter which style you decide on. A martial art can teach you self discipline, self defense, and several other traits that will help you no matter where you decide to go in life.

Self defense

All over the world, there are several martial arts schools and dojos that emphasize self defense a lot more than others. Our course places a particular emphasis on self-defense too. Schools that focus on kata, forms, or light sparring are less than likely to teach you what you need to protect yourself on the street. If you are looking for street self defense, then you’ll want a style that trains hard and doesn’t let up.

Fitness

Even though martial arts can improve your fitness level, it isn’t the goal behind a lot of the martial arts styles. Several styles, such as Tae Bo, are based purely on martial arts and don’t include a lot of physical fitness training. If you are looking for fitness as your main goal, then you should be looking at Jujitsu combined with cardio workouts.

Fighting ability

This will vary among the many different martial arts styles. Our course, however, will show the most prominent self-defense techniques so you can take advantage of fighting skills, teaching you everything you need to survive. Most martial arts styles are slow in theory, teaching you kata, movements, and forms. Martial arts and self defense are different topics but we like to cover both, which is why we teach you how to inflict the most amounts of damage in the least amount of time.

Competition

Competition based martial arts are all about winning trophies and showing the world your style of martial arts. The competition that you have chosen, will greatly impact your style of martial arts. You’ll need to decide if you will be fighting or showcasing display kata, light or heavy contact, or focusing on grappling or striking.

Before you decide on a martial arts style, you should always research the options and consider trying an online course before committing to gear. If you also want to attend a school find one that allows you to participate in a few free classes, or offer you discounts on your first few months. They will answer any questions that you have, and work with you to help you learn as much as you can.

Martial arts can be a very fun and exciting learning experience. There are hundreds of different martial arts styles out there including Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. The more distinct styles, such as Kung Fu, Shootfighting, Kenpo, and Shaolin styles are a bit hard to harder to find in terms of local classes but again online training can do the trick.

Martial arts can change your outlook on life – all you have to do it devote yourself to learning all you can about the philosophy of your martial art. Get started today!

If you’re tired of typical training routines, find classes expensive or simply want to master Mixed Martial Arts at your own leisure I’d certainly recommend taking a look at our online tuition program. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Jul 2011 02

Many of you will be very familiar with UFC and it’s no secret that martial arts have indeed come a long way over the years.  Many years ago, Bruce Lee helped the arts become even more famous, when he developed his style of Jeet Kune Do.  He participated in several movies, showing the world his speed and finesse.  Since then, movies have been a popular way to showcase martial arts skills. 

Back in the mid 1990s, something known as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) came along to take things one step further.  Even though there have been other competitions similar to the UFC, none of them had the flair and the dedication as UFC did.  When it first began, the UFC paired different styles and different weight classes.

The result was exciting fights with varying results.  The first ever champion was a man from Brazil named Royce Gracie.  Gracie was the first to introduce Brazilian Jui-Jitsu in this way, opening up the eyes of everyone who witnessed him fight.  After the first UFC tournament, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu was instantly viewed as the best martial art. Royce weighed under 200 pounds, and he was completely dominating people nearly 2 times his size.

 Gracie would go on to win UFC 2 and 4 as well.  He was the most dominating in the sport, and opened the eyes of everyone across the world.  In UFC 3, he didn’t lose, although he ran into a very tough fighter who nearly beat him.  Gracie came back in UFC 5 for a superfight match up with Ken Shamrock, which would go the distance and end in a draw.

Other fighters have done exceptionally well in the UFC, although none of them had the impact as Royce Gracie.  Fighters like Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov, Matt Hughes, and Matt Sylivia have also done very well.  Matt Hughes is also regarded as one of the best, as he fights in the Welterweight class and is considered pound for pound to be the best fighter in the world.

 In the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), the UFC has made a big impact.  In the beginning, there were no rules and no judges, just one on one fights until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref threw in the towel.  Fighters also fought in a tournament style as well, which took 3 fights to win the championship.

Over the years, there were several changes.  The UFC would start with judges after a few years, along with eliminating the tournaments.  The fights would eventually go to one on one, which was great for the fans.  Although the fights didn’t have time limits in the beginning, they do now.  The non title fights are three 5 minute rounds, while the title fights are five 5 minute rounds.

If a fight goes to the judges, the judges score the battle to determine the winner.  There are three judges, which normally change with each different UFC.  Judges are there to crown the winner if there is no knockout or submission, while the ref is there to protect the fighters.  The referee can stop a fight as well, if a fighter is unable to defend themselves.

With all the changes in the rules of the UFC, it’s only a matter of time before the brand gains a lot more popularity.  It is more popular today than it ever has been, which tells you that martial arts have come a long way.  Martial arts are extraordinarily popular these days, with competitions such as the UFC being one of the most avidly followed in the world.

In many ways UFC brought MMA into the wider spotlight of day-to-day life in America. Some 18 million people in the US alone practice a martial art of some description. The reasons for getting involved vary from person to person but there’s no disputing that physical fitness, discipline, confidence and psychological strength are highly beneficial. If you like watching the UFC why not step up to the plate? Nothing is stopping you from following in their footsteps, even if you choose not to fight in the ring. Most followers learn purely for self-defense purposes for protection in the event of an attack to yourself or your family.

If you’re an aspiring MMA apprentice yourself but tired of typical training routines, find classes expensive or simply want to master Mixed Martial Arts at your own leisure I’d certainly recommend taking a look at our online tuition program. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Jun 2011 05

With the rules and sanctioning of certain MMA events there has been an explosion of new followers of the mixed martial arts scene. The purpose of this article is to help familiarize the new fans of this sport and aspiring competitors some of the terms that are used. If you have a basic understanding with some of the terminology you will find viewing the sport more enjoyable. Keep in mind that this description is not inclusive of every aspect, but more of a guide for the beginner. 

Submissions: submissions are techniques that cause the receiver to give up due to pain being applied to a joint or strangulation from a choke. Here are some of the basics.

Kimura: A shoulder lock that applies pressure to the shoulder joint.

 Rear Naked Choke: A choke that apples strangulation to both sides of the neck (both arteries) it also impedes breathing.

 Guillotine Choke: This is where the defender reaches underneath the attacker’s neck and applies upward pressure, with the attackers head under the defender’s armpit. It is usually applied when an attacker attempts a takedown and the defender is able to capture the neck.

 Triangle Choke: The attacker is between the defender’s legs on the ground. The defender gets an attackers arm between his own neck and the defender’s leg. The defender then places his ankle behind his knee of his other leg and secures the choke.

 Arm Triangle: Similar to the Triangle Choke except arms are used instead of legs. Usually executed from a top or back position.

 Arm Bar: When an opponent is able to secure an arm and straighten it out with pressure underneath the elbow.

 Knee Bar: Same as an arm bar but causes pain to the joint of the knee.

 Ankle Lock: A submission that causes pain to the joint of the ankle or Achilles tendon.

 There are way too many techniques to list in this article but these are a lot of the main ones you will hear mentioned. There are also several “control” positions. Here are a few: 

Full Mount: This is when an attacker is on top of his opponent with both of his legs on either side of the defender. A bad spot to be in because the attacker can rise up and deliver strikes.

 Half Mount: The attacker has only one leg on the outside and the defender is holding the attacker’s other leg between his legs to stop the attacker from achieving a full mount.

 Side Mount: The attacker is perpendicular to the defender across the defender’s chest. A transfer to full mount or submission can be accomplished.

 North/South: An opponent is on top of the other facing opposite directions.

 Professional MMA through companies like UFC is an elite sport with various strategies and techniques. Here are a few more terms you might hear.

 Ground And Pound: A fighter takes down an opponent, mounts him, and delivers strikes until knock out, referee stoppage, or the defending fighter gives up (taps)

Take Down: A fighter attempts to bring his opponent down to the mat for a submission or to deliver strikes from the mount.

 Tap Out: When a fighter taps on the other fighter or the mat to concede the fight. Mostly done when a submission is applied. (kind of like saying uncle.)

 This article is not a “catch all” for every term you might here during an MMA fight. It will give you a better understanding of the sport and make it a lot more fun to watch. Whilst professional fighters may use many of these techniques in the ring there is nothing to stop you learning some yourself for application in self defense and strength building.

If you’re keen on all things MMA and self-defense we recommend the MMAGod.com online training course packed with tips, techniques and training from professional tutors. Take yourself to the top of the game without years of expensive classes from amateur teachers!

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