The origins of MMA
MMA or Mixed Martial Arts became popular in the USA in the 1980’s as competitions were hosted to find the most effective martial arts in real unarmed combat situations. Later, competitor’s sought to gain advantage over their opponents by employing martial arts techniques from multiple disciplines and MMA was born.
What is MMA?
Unlike traditional martial arts (like Akido, Hapkido, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Tai Chi etc..) which are based on a particular fighting style, MMA is a combat sport which allows a variety of martial and non-martial arts techniques to be used. For those wishing to pursue Sport MMA, it is now essential for participants to train in multiple styles.
What’s the difference between mixed martial arts (MMA) and martial arts training?
Many people think that mixed martial arts (MMA) and martial arts training are the same thing. They are not.
MMA is an organised combat sport, like boxing and involves structured bouts; a ring or cage; referees; special protective equipment etc.
Whilst some people may wish to pursue a career in Sport MMA, it is impossible to do so without learning the fundamentals of a range of martial arts styles.
That’s we’re we come in.
Combined Martial Arts
At HKJ we teach a variant of MMA called Combined Martial Arts, which is specifically tailored for real-life self-defence situations.
Like MMA, we teach punches, combinations, stances, kicks, blocks and takedowns, along with the most effective techniques from a variety of traditional martial arts – but all designed to help protect yourself in short-duration, intense self-defence situations, that require extreme focus, technique and discipline.
We are not a traditional martial arts club. Neither is our goal to prepare fighters for the ring. But our syllabus does integrate many of the techniques that have been proven to work in MMA, as well as techniques that have been proven to work in self-defence.
MMA is a sport, self-defence is for survival.
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