MMA

Latest update: Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 7:31 am.

Submissions 101 MMA is one of the areas we are continuing to develop and grow. As many of you know our primary focus is Jiu Jitsu however our MMA Fight Team has been doing well in local competitions. We are going to bring as much local MMA content as we can through our site. We will also find as much general entertainment and educational video as we can related to MMA and post it here.

We have posted several videos generally related to MMA which you can see at the bottom of this post.

For those of you who are MMA enthusiasts and want to know a bit of history you can read the following information which gives you some background and perspective on the development of MMA.

MMA or Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact combat sport which allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of other combat sports which is used in competitions. As most of you know, Jiu Jitsu is one of the primary skill sets in MMA Fighters.

The rules in MMA allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and while on the ground. Such competitions allow fighters of different backgrounds to compete. We always find it interesting to see the strengths and weaknesses of the various MMA fighters who attain success along the way. Jiu Jitsu Techniques have become such an integral part of MMA training, it is difficult for an MMA athlete to succeed with only one aspect of the complete game.

The roots of modern mixed martial arts or MMA can be traced back to various mixed style contests which took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of Vale Tudo which developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie (and yes I named my dog Gracie!) family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was the birth of modern MMA.

Professional MMA events have also been held in Japan by Shooto starting back in 1989. In due course the more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA we watch and enjoy today.

MMA was originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with minimal rules. Later promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport of mixed martial arts.

The name mixed martial arts was coined by Rick Blume, president and CEO of Battlecade, in 1995. Sadly, although Battlecade laid the foundation for current forms of MMA Entertainment, it ceased to exist in 1997 due to the short sightedness of many of the regulating bodies of the day.

Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with pay per view reach which has clearly overtaken boxing and professional wrestling. Mixed martial arts has surpassed the expectations of many of the skeptics and it would appear MMA is here to stay.

The movement which led to the creation of the American and Japanese mixed martial arts scenes was rooted in two interconnected subcultures and two grappling styles, namely Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and shoot wrestling. The first MMA style shows were the vale tudo events in Brazil, followed by the Japanese shoot-style wrestling shows. Vale tudo began in the 1920s and became renowned with the “Gracie challenge” issued by Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie and upheld later on by descendants of the Gracie family.

Early mixed martial arts themed professional wrestling matches in Japan (known as Ishu Kakutōgi Sen (異種格闘技戦), literally “heterogeneous combat sports bouts”) became popular with Antonio Inoki in the 1970s. Inoki was a disciple of Rikidōzan, but also of Karl Gotch who trained numerous Japanese wrestlers in catch wrestling.

Mixed martial arts competitions were introduced in the United States with the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1993. The sport gained international exposure and widespread publicity in United States, when jiu jitsu fighter Royce Gracie won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament, subduing three challengers in a total of just five minutes,sparking a revolution in martial arts. Looking back on those events I realize now I was watching one of the coolest things I had ever witnessed and it began the the explosion of MMA as we know it today.

It would serve to reason I should mention some aspect of the origin of MMA as it relates to Japan given the fact one of my black belts is in Japanese Jiu Jitsu (not that this is about Japanese Jiu Jitsu but about Japan in general). So Japan had its own form of mixed martial arts discipline Shooto which evolved from shoot wrestling in 1985, as well as the shoot wrestling derivative Pancrase (Pancrase was a Mixed Martial Arts promotion company in Japan) founded as a promotion in 1993. The first Vale Tudo Japan tournaments were held in 1994 and 1995, both were won by Rickson Gracie. Interest in the sport resulted in the creation of the Pride Fighting Championships (Pride) in 1997, where again Rickson participated and won.

This very quick introduction of the evolution of MMA and mixed martial arts in North America is meant to provide a background and understanding of where MMA established its roots and began to grow. Our site has been committed to the growth of Jiu Jitsu and in doing so we hope to also promote the growth of mixed martial arts as well. We hope you continue to enjoy our videos and if you have something you would like to see related to MMA or Jiu Jitsu just drop us a line.