With the growing popularity of MMA, and especially the UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championships, a growing legion of new fans are excited about this exciting sport. New members are packing Premier’s kickboxing gym in Austin, TX. Many drop by our Austin MMA school and want to talk “shop.” Ask any one of them what they like about the fights, and you’ll get responses about how they like the knockouts, the explosive fights, submissions and grappling, and devastating kicks. Our MMA Franchise is also taking off as a result.
The first UFC events were designed for bragging rights -to test the different martial arts fighting systems to see which style was superior. It was the same debate that has existed for hundreds of years among the practitioners of the martial arts. With this new fighting sport, the debate was still hard to answer because it became apparent that each style had merits of its own.
Many fighters are now masters of several styles of martial arts and MMA training has become almost a fighting style of its own, combining the best of stand up skills and ground fighting.
It now has evolved into an athletic test of man versus man, rather than which style of the martial arts they practice. There is no doubt that this evolution of the fighting styles of MMA, has changed the way fighters approach training and skills development.
To be a successful fighter today in the Octagon today takes the highest level of athletic strength and conditioning, combined with a repertoire of the best techniques and skills of MMA fighting styles that are suited to them.
The crème of the crop of the fighting arts have distinguished themselves as a constant staple in MMA and the UFC. These are the martial arts styles and combat effective techniques that have shown and proven effective when used in the Octagon.
Here’s a look at the most effective traditional fighting styles or sports seen in MMA today:
BOXING – The “Sweet Science” may be the biggest influence in all of MMA. Boxing skills and footwork are the foundation of every fighter. In a 5 minute round, the punching skills practiced in a boxing gym count into the dozens, or even hundreds of punches.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU – Developed from the Japanese art by the Gracie family in Brazil, this martial art has proven one of the most influential in MMA competition.
MUAY THAI – Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Muay Thai Boxing is Thailand’s national sport.
KARATE – With different styles of Karate practiced, karate has powerful kicks and conditioning.