BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
"IT'S NOT WHETHER YOU
GET KNOCKED DOWN, IT'S WHETHER YOU GET UP"
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting. BJJ teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant through the use of leverage and proper technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on the skill of controlling your opponent and applying techniques that force him or her to submit.
Most of the techniques learned in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concentrate on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there, enabling you to attack for submissions. Moreover, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is conducive to real-world every day training with low injury because of the students’ ability to “tap out” to prevent injury. Studies show that the majority of street fights end up on the ground, making Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one of the most effective, real-life fighting systems on the planet and is considered a foundational part of Mixed Martial Arts.
Muay Thai is one of the most powerful and effective martial arts in the world. Developed over thousands of years, this ancient martial art of Thailand is known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity.
Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”.
Muay Thai has spread throughout the world to become a globally recognized combat sport. It has also become an important discipline in the world of Mixed Martial Arts due to the effectiveness of its multiple striking combinations.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques derived from the world’s most effective martial arts. It is also considered to be the fastest growing sport in the world. Across the globe, fans have been able to witness world-class martial arts athletes compete against one another in major events such as the UFC, Bellator and WSOF.
The roots of MMA can be traced as far back as the 1920’s, when Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie organized Vale Tudo events called the “Gracie Challenges”. Participants of these events would battle it out using various forms of martial arts disciplines. Since these humble beginnings, MMA has rapidly risen to one of the world’s fastest growing and most popular sports.
Mixed Martial Arts has proven what works and what are the most effective techniques in fighting. The whole concept of MMA is congruence with this quote from martial arts legend Bruce Lee, “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” In fact the philosophy of Bruce Lee so closely embodies the concept of MMA that the president of the UFC, Dana White has be quoted saying, "Actually, the father of mixed martial arts, if you will, was Bruce Lee. If you look at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he fought, and many of the things he wrote, he said the perfect style was no style. You take a little something from everything. You take the good things from every different discipline, use what works, and you throw the rest away."
It has been said that wrestling makes the best base for MMA competition. Wrestlers can dictate where the fight goes. If you're the better striker, the wrestler can put you on your back. If you have great submission holds, the wrestler can keep the fight standing. Against a better wrestler, you will probably be forced to fight his or her fight.
Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.
Amateur wrestling (including Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and American Folkstyle) gained tremendous respect due to its effectiveness in mixed martial arts competitions. Wrestling is also credited for conferring an emphasis on conditioning for explosive movement and stamina, both of which are critical in competitive mixed martial arts. It is known for excellent takedowns, particularly against the legs.
Sanda otherwise known as Sanshou or Chinese kickboxing is a Chinese self-defense system and combat sport. Sanda is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques. Sanda as a combat sport combines full-contact kickboxing with wrestling takedowns and Judo throws. Sanda practitioners also specialize in kick catches and sweeps. Sanda is very similar to Muay Thai in that they use punches, kicks and knees to strike. There are frequent contests pitting Thailand’s best Muay Thai fighters and China’s best Sanda fighters in a mixed Sanda and Muay Thai rules fight which will often yield spectacular fights and performances.
What separates Sanda from many other stand up (as opposed to ground fighting / grappling) striking arts is that Sanda fighters have to continually transition from strikes to takedowns and throws and to defending against takedowns and throws. Due to this uniqueness Sanda is a great stand up art that is the perfect fit for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Current and past UFC stars such as Cung Le, Pat Barry, KJ Noons and Zhang Tiequan are all Sanda practioners.
To paraphrase boxing training legend Kenny Weldon, ”Boxing is the art of hitting an opponent from the furthest distance away, exposing the least amount of your body while getting in position to punch with maximum leverage and not getting hit.”
Boxing is widely used in MMA and is one of the primary striking bases for many fighters. Boxing punches account for the vast majority of strikes during the stand up portion of a bout and also account for the largest number of significant strikes, knock downs and KOs in MMA matches. Several aspects of boxing are extremely valuable such as footwork, use of combinations, and defensive techniques like slips, stance (to include chin protection and keeping hands up) commonly known as Guard position, and head movement. Boxing based fighters have also been shown to throw and land a higher volume of strikes compared to other striking bases.