Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports are dominating today’s combat sport industry with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand and events. Las-Vegas born corporation, operating for over eighteen years, UFC managed to master the MMA industry by hosting large international events that bring over $40 million dollars per each tournament. To many fighters, UFC became the Yankees of combat sports adopting and training amateur fighters and bringing them world fame.
While UFC and MMA undoubtedly create a great combination and attract millions of viewers from all over the world, critiques and martial arts experts often blame the industry for lacking traditionalism and philosophy, and promoting violence.
The Training Techniques
MMA training techniques are very challenging and complex. Because of the deadly mix of martial marts such as Wrestling, Boxing, Thai Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu, each training session includes standard conditioning as well as strength and endurance.
MMA Training Principles
- Standard exercising program for strength and endurance.
- Increased body stress and stamina program such as “ropes”, “hammer” and free-weight combat training.
- Sparring – actual practice against one (or more) opponents.
The specifics of MMA are lie within the unique combination of skills and training exercise. Some trainers adapt different type of non-combat sports exercise such as cross-fit, jugging and gymnastics to focus on endurance, stamina and involve various muscle groups.