Mixed Martial Arts - MMA

MMA Laura Howarth submits her opponent via Rear-naked Choke (2012)

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Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

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Since MMA is a product of combined martial art skills, the sport has adapted the basic philosophy of all martial art practices: that warrior must learn from their attackers and take advantage of their opponents’ combative moves. It encourages MMA warriors to learn and adapt to the combating skills of the opponent in order to become a well-rounded fighter. But before one learns various martial art skills, MMA points out that a person must ideally initially perfect a particular martial art and later enhance it by combining it with other martial art techniques. MMA believes that knowledge of a mix of martial arts would give a warrior a beneficial position on the battleground.

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  • Weight Classes: Weight is always a significant factor in any battle. This is why the determination of the weight class of the competitors is always a crucial part of any rule sets of MMA. The nine weight classes of MMA are flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight. These may differ slightly between organisations.
  • Use of small, open-fingered gloves: Since MMA encourages the use of the hands to strike and attack, it has become a rule to wear small, open-fingered gloves to support and protect the fist and prevent the occurrence of cuts and injuries.
  • Time limit: To conserve the strength of the competitors, a time limit has been set to avoid long fights that can drain energy.
  • Clothing: Male competitors of MMA are bare-chested during the match. In addition, most of the MMA organizers require their competitors to wear clingy short-length bottoms or shorts. For female matches, competitors are required to wear protective bras and clingy short-length bottoms or shorts. In both male and female competitors, the use of a mouth guard is strictly implemented in MMA matches. The use of groin protectors underneath the trunks is highly-recommended.
  • Strategies: As the name depicts, MMA matches uses different fighting techniques, and the ones that are mostly practiced by competitors include the following: Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai which all make use of strategies such as clinches, takedowns, throws, hand strikes, and kicks, just to name some.
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As MMA has become a popular contemporary sport, it is only natural that it has made its way to action-packed movies. In fact, there are films that focus its theme on MMA by projecting its importance and benefits together with the introduction of its techniques and forms. The Ranker proclaims The Warrior as a top MMA movie. Released in 2011, The Warrior is an American film that tells the story of a US Marine Tommy Riordan who returned home to his former boxer father. The father trained him different martial art techniques for a tournament. Later, Riordan found himself in the tournament pitting against his estranged brother.

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  1. http://www.mmafacts.com/index.cfm?fa=main.history (general)
  2. http://www.ockickboxing.com/blog/mma/history-of-mma-mixed-martial-arts/ (general)
  3. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/history-of-mixed-martial-arts-fighting.html (folklore)
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_(2011_film) (pop culture)
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