MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is on its way to becoming the most popular contact sport in the country. And of course, with the popularity have come many schools claiming to be the best for MMA training. But what is really the best way to train for Mixed Martial Arts, and which of these schools is really teaching good styles?
We’ll start by answering the question about the best way to train for MMA. Mixed Martial Arts is a rapidly evolving contact sport where practitioners of different styles of striking and grappling test their skills in a no holds barred context.
As we have seen in past UFCs and other multi-discipline tournaments, there are certain schools of martial arts that consistently outperform the competition. It’s probably best then to start your MMA training by building a good foundation in them.
The first and probably the most visible of those styles is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed for and forged in the fires of inter discipline bare knuckle submission fights over the last hundred years. Its scientific techniques include all of the classical grappling, striking and take down techniques of the Japanese schools of Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, but are also supplemented constantly by newly developed techniques that continue to be born out of caged matches.
Jiu-Jitsu, and particularly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is by far the most effective grappling and ground fighting system developed to date and an important part of any well rounded MMA education.
Another, but somewhat more surprising, style that performs well in Mixed Martial Arts tournaments on a consistent basis is Muay Thai.
Traditionally we have seen stand up striking styles do pretty badly when pitted against shoot fighters, jiu-jitsu men, or Greco-Roman style wrestlers. But with it’s very unique striking system, particularly good for fighting at very close range, Muay Thai has done pretty well in the world of MMA.
Called the art of 8 limbs, Muay Thai makes lethally effective use of knees and elbows, in addition to the more common hands and feet, to deliver blows of deliver blows of devastating power at very close range. That sort of effective in-fighting is often misting from other styles of boxing and kick boxing.
Another fantastic feature of Muay Thai is the incredible long range foot work and kicks. Kicks can be very dangerous in cage fighting, a good way to lose your balance. But if taught and practiced properly the kicks can keep the fight from ever coming to you.
So in order to get the best possible MMA education you need to find a martial arts academy like Peak Performance Martial Arts in Keller, Texas, where you can get good instruction in a variety of styles, ideally Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and find a good coach to help you blend the techniques from the various styles into a combative form that suits your body type and ability.
Because every style of martial art on its own is incomplete, to do well as an MMA fighter you need to keep an open mind and keep learning, and your trainers should do the same.