What is Mixed Martial Arts?
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport that was made famous by the UFC. It was created to answer the question, “What is the best martial arts?” Through empirical evidence of over 200 hundred events the data has suggested that success in hand to hand combat comes from a proficient understanding of the 4 phases of fighting which are striking, clinching, wall clinching and ground.The confinement of the caged octagon has created 4 distinct phases of fighting: shoot boxing, clinching, wall clinching and ground fighting with strikes allowed. In the shoot boxing phase of MMA individuals are allowed to strike and takedown their opponents.
The styles of Martial Arts that have found success in this phase are Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate and Free Style Wrestling. The Martial Arts that have found success in the Clinching phase of MMA where opponents are allowed to grab and strike each other are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Greco Roman Wrestling, Muay Thai, Free Style Wrestling, Judo and Dirty Boxing. Wall clinching is the phase of MMA where opponents use the structure of the caged fence to pin there opponent and unleash strikes in the clinch, takedown opponents in the clinch and the use the cage as wedge to pin a opponent on the ground while initiating strikes or setting up submissions. The Martial Arts that have found success in this phase of MMA are Greco Roman Wrestling, Free Style Wrestling, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Dirty Boxing.
The last phase of MMA is Ground fighting where opponents establish dominant positions of control to deliver strikes or set up submissions. Therefore, using Martial Arts such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Free Style Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling and Judo in combination will lead to a higher rate of success in the combat sport of MMA.
Our academy teaches MMA in digestible chunks, introducing and developing a proficient understanding of specific individual martial arts, primarily Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Free Style Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling and Judo. Then slowly combine these Martial Arts in specific transition, positions and scenarios through drills and controlled sparring until student are proficiently versed in the 4 Phases of MMA.
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Learning Mixed Martial Arts is daunting task. The method that is used at Jonesly Mixed Martial Academy is summed up in this one phrase “the rules of the game dictates the way it’s played”. In my opinion a student learning Mixed Martial Arts must have a good understanding of the individual techniques as well as principles of Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling before integrating them together. My definition of a good understanding of an individual martial discipline is the successful application of that art in the rule set it was created in. A student must be able to land punches, kicks, knees, elbows and clinch in a Muay Thai rule set. A student learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be able to perform takedowns, positional escapes, positional transitions, submissions and submission escapes in it’s specific rule set. My definition of success is simple… was the student able to defend themselves in that controlled setting within the rules.
Once the skills of each individual Martial Art has been developed then an isolated integration process occurs. As stated before Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) can be broken down into 4 phases of combat: shoot boxing, clinching, wall clinching & ground fighting with strike ( Jits with hits). The student is then taught how to combine the martial arts techniques within the specific 4 phase of MMA competition. In shoot boxing a student will learn how to use the striking techniques of Muay Thai and Boxing in combination with wrestling to taken an opponent down to the mat. In clinching the student will learn how use Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo dictate if the opponent stay standing or is taken down to the mat. In wall clinching the student learns how to use the surface of the wall to control an opponent and dictate direction of the competition. The choices the student has is to keep the competition on the wall, return the competition to the shoot boxing phase or transition into the ground fighting phase. In the ground fighting phase the student learns how to combine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the striking arts of Muay Thai and Boxing.
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