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What is MMA?

What is MMA?

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in the world. MMA includes elements of different martial arts disciplines, hence its name. Disciplines include boxing, karate, kick boxing, jiu-jitsu, Tae kwon do, muay thai, wrestling and judo.

MMA is not a free for all, no rules sport, there are strict rules in place from the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. These rules dictate what is and isn’t allowed in the sport and enables those new to the sport to gain a greater understanding of what is involved.

Because MMA derives from so many martial arts disciplines it also have a very strong culture. Evolution MMA teaches this culture to our students, focusing on three main elements, Courage, Respect & Honour. Because of this there are very few serious injuries in MMA compared to other full contact sports such as football and rugby.

Part of the reason for this is the high ratio of training to competition. Elite MMA athletes would train 12-14 sessions per week however only fight 1-3 times per year. Also the level of medical assessment prior to bouts is very high and if athletes fail these assessments they will not be allowed to compete to protect their safety. And finally one of the biggest elements of MMA is defence. Athletes are trained to defend themselves at all times.

Another misconception in the sport is that the cage is dangerous. This is not true. The cage is there for the athletes protection, particularly with the wrestling aspect of the sport involved. The cage is designed to not allow the fighters to fall out as they would if a traditional boxing ring had to be used. This ensures fighters are not falling through the ring onto the floor or onto spectators where serious injury could occur.

If you would like to know more about the amazing sport of MMA please contact our friendly staff at Evolution MMA. MMA is not just for elite level athletes. Children, youth and women are all encouraged to participate and classes are structured to accommodate these different skill levels. Evolution MMA will help to teach you Courage, Respect & Honour in a fun, safe and friendly environment.

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