Mixed Martial Arts – or simply MMA – is an extreme combat sport in which contestants are permitted to use the fighting techniques of wrestling and boxing, but also those of martial arts such as kickboxing, judo, and karate. Modern MMA has only a short history, as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event took place on November 12, 1993. However, martial artists of different backgrounds have been fighting for years leading up to the burgeoning modern day interest in full contact combat athletic endeavors. In accordance, this full contact combat sport is growing in popularity at an amazing rate, including here in our MMA St. Petersburg, FL.
In a sense, all martial arts styles and – therefore – martial arts history in general has led up to what we now refer to as MMA. Along with this, those that practice fighting techniques have been testing their skills against one another likely before history even began to be recorded. A common misconception is that MMA has no rules, when in fact, it has many. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts is the most common rule set used throughout the world. All state athletic commissions in the United States – including Martial Arts St. Petersburg, FL – adopt the Unified Rules to help regulate the sport.
The rules are thorough and include the size of the fighting area, specifications about hand wrapping and information on judging and fouls, amongst many other things. They are an essential read for those wanting to understand the sport. Another thing that we – at our MMA St. Petersburg FL gym – keep in consideration are the more than 25 fouls officially listed within the Unified Rules. Some examples are; no head butting, no small joint manipulation and no unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
When it comes to training Martial Arts St. Petersburg, FL teaches you how to really fight. Some of the benefits that MMA offers to trainees are:
When you know how to fight your mind is a little calmer, a little freer, and a little more relaxed. When you know how to throw a punch, break an arm, or choke someone unconscious there isn’t too much threat of physical confrontation. And if there is threat, it is easier to walk away.
As with any sport, MMA requires discipline. It teaches discipline of the mind and body. Training MMA teaches the discipline of eating right, sleeping right, and training right.
Sparring (Boxing practice during training) or grappling (wrestling or ground-fighting practice) for 3-5 minute rounds is absolutely brutal cardio, which is why fighters are usually in top notch physical condition. There is no treadmill or stair-master in the world that can beat the benefits of practice fighting.
If the need should ever arise you will be able to defend yourself against would be attackers.
Fighting in our controlled martial arts St. Petersburg, FL environment is just a good hobby that promotes values like courage, strength, will and heart.
We don’t want violence in our daily lives but we still yearn for physicality. Training MMA is a perfect middle ground. You can train (or fight) in controlled areas and release aggression with no threat of repercussions, jail time, murder etc.
MMA will bring that winning drive and spirit to the surface, which can be utilized in other aspects of daily life like business and relationships. Competition is good. A person training in MMA St. Petersburg, FL will not spar or grapple with too many opponents willing to roll over and lose – it’s real competition and everyone wants to win.
Above, we talked about how fighting releases aggression and it’s true. After an hours session of training, when you are completely drenched in sweat, tired and sore as hell, ready for a big meal and sleep there can be no more room for stress.