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FAQ About Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts is still new as a formal sport, as it only has a twenty year history, but it has been growing in popularity.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the sport: 1.
What is mixed martial arts? Mixed martial arts (MMA) is considered a full-contact combat sport.
Other examples of combative sports would be boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, and fencing.
What makes mixed martial arts unique is that it allows for a combination of multiple fighting styles and techniques and further allows for a hybrid style.
This also makes it possible for fighter with divergent backgrounds to compete against one other in contests of skill.
The ability for diversely-trained fighters to compete was the genesis of the sport back in the early part of the 20th century.
The sport became formalized in the early 90s and left behind some of its no-holds barred origins in favor of some rules for safety.
2.
What are some of the most recognizable styles of mixed martial arts? Fighters can study a wide variety of styles to incorporate into their personal style.
Generally there are three basic areas of study: Stand-up, Clinch, and Ground.
3.
Are there health benefits to practicing MMA? To become competition-ready requires rigorous physical training in addition to just learning particular moves.
Therefore, a program of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training will also include speed drills and flexibility.
So even if you are not preparing for a fight, MMA can provide a well rounded fitness program.
4.
What are some of the mental benefits practicing MMA? Because of the hybrid roots of mixed martial arts, there is no one overarching mental practice as there can be with particular arts.
However, the mental and physical focus necessary for training can aid self-control and inner balance.
Additionally, as with many rigorous fitness regimens, self-confidence can also receive a boost.
5.
How can I become involved? Check your local phone book to see if there are any training facilities close by.
Even if a central school is not a possibility, you may choose several arts to study depending on what aspects you are interested in improving personally.


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