Types of Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts

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Let’s be clear here: We’re not talking cage fights. We’re talking about the physical & mental benefits that you directly get from non-competitive mixed martial arts training. Regardless of age or gender, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a complete fitness regime that builds energy, improves cardio endurance & overall body strength.

 

You’ll learn self-defense, gain immense confidence, develop self-discipline you never knew you had & you won’t get that ‘I’d rather not go to the gym’ feeling of other exercise routines. MMA is incredibly motivational due to the tremendous sense of teamwork & community you’ll find at the training centres.

 

Classes start with a cardio workout to get your heart pumping & burn kilo’s. That’s followed by strength training – think pushups, squats, abdominal work & shadowboxing. Then the class is then split into smaller groups, which rotate through kicking, boxing & ground drills. You’ll increase your endurance, power, mobility, speed & overall fitness levels by engaging the anaerobic energy system & increasing both musculature & cardio endurance levels.

 

MMA training is a well-rounded form of training that really works towards overall mental & fitness improvement. Expect to sweat your way to what may be the best shape of your life. What’s even better, is that you’re going to enjoy it!

The payoff of non-competitive Mixed Martial Arts training isn’t just physical. Martial Arts is renown for delivering some of the most rewarding mental & moral benefits you’ll gain anywhere. Enormous focus is placed upon understanding yourself both internally & externally as well as mastering that chatterbox mind we all have.

 

Building character is also important & while yes, you will learn to deal with adversity, the focus of the training isn’t about developing a bloodthirsty desire to fight. Quite the contrary. It’s about developing concentration, responsibility, kindness & trustworthiness which form the very foundation of the Martial Arts philosophy.

 

As an industry, non-competitive MMA has become an increasingly popular form of fitness training because it develops such wonderful life skills: self esteem, confidence, focus & self-discipline. It also instills the value of health = wealth.

 

Using a blend of disciplines like Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Karate & Taekwondo & some commitment from you, Mixed Martial Arts will whip both your body & mind into shape quick-smart.

The Theory of Power

Concentration, Balance, Breath Control, Reaction Force & Speed, interrelated with mass, formulate the Theory of Power. For those aware of them, there is sometimes a disconnect in understanding their depth of meaning, what comprises each & their interrelated application during technique & stance execution. This theory was codified by Gen. Choi, Hong Hi in the late 1950’s & remains a valid concept across many Martial Arts forms.

 

Concentration

Concentration is based on pressure being equal to force multiplied by area & has three dimensions: Spiritual, Mental & Physical. If any of the three are disproportionate to the others, concentration is weakened & its contribution to power dynamics is diminished. Mental attentiveness is achieved by clearing the mind of all thoughts, except those relating to what is being done at the moment & developing the skill to block out distractions.

 

Balance

A Martial Artistist out of balance is a practitioner in peril. Without correct balance (maintaining ones center of gravity) no technique or stance can be completely effective & the practitioner is subject to stumbling or being easily tripped or taken down. The components of balance entail proper stance, eye contact, head & appendage position, correct posture & a strong middle core.

 

Breath Control

As a practitioners exertion increases, breath control becomes paramount for continued activity. Learning how to conserve energy while maximising oxygen use when continued activity is required is an essential training skill. It's a matter of perfecting the ability to train softly, executing effective movements with less base muscle exertion while maximising breath control & oxygen intake thus building endurance or “staying power”.

 

Reaction Force

Reaction force is that “back up or augmenting” energy generated by the movements of the other or non force vector appendages & body/stance motion accompanying the technique executing appendage or body part. It's based on Newton’s Third Law of Motion.

 

Speed

A continuous, smooth, correct path to the target – whether offensive or defensive – is critical to speed. A smooth, moderately paced, uniform, correct motion is faster in the long term, than a sloppily executed motion performed rapidly. Speed is sometimes equated only with rapidity; seldom is a slower motion identified with speed. Yet, slow motion is an integral part of speed as is mass and proper tool usage.

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