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What is Mix Martial Arts?

Martial arts is self-defense with less or no weapons, and a part of some of the greatest ancient civilizations. Mix martial arts improve power, training both cardio and endurance strength at the same time while learning a lifesaving self-defense skillset - you want any more reasons to include this in your fitness regime?

It’s hard to find any kid, born in the 80s and 90s who is even remotely close to the world of fitness and hasn’t been inspired by Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan or Van Damme at some point in life or the other. In the new century UFC and Cage fights to be a part of prime time sports channel, the martial arts are finally taking their due place in fitness culture. Once limited to traditional Dojos or dimly lit sweaty Gymnasiums now the martial arts and mix martial arts are one of the most edge-of-the-seat, lucrative sports.

Basics concept of Martial arts is self-defense with less or no weapons, and a part of some of the greatest ancient civilizations. For thousands of years humankind has practiced hundreds of martial arts, some of them survived the test of time, oppression of invading rulers and some have gone extinct.

Some of the most popular martial arts in the modern world is King fu (an umbrella term for hundreds of styles), Karate, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Kalaripayattu, Boxing, Wushu, Judo, Jujitsu, Capoeira, and Dambe.

The martial art forms differ in their tradition and movement patterns, but the basic idea of practicing is almost the same across the globe. A stronger, faster, and more agile body aimed for self-defense, exhibition, combat, or law enforcement. While Taekwondo is kicks dominated with strong, powerful, and rotational fast kicks, Judo is more of wrestling. Karate aims towards a strong stance and posture and strong determining strikes and blocks, on the other hand, Muay Thai is more relaxed and uses elbow and knee in addition to fists and feet. Capoeira survived years as a dance form. India takes pride in one of the oldest martial art forms in the world Kalaripayattu.

With traditional pure martial arts, mix martial arts(MMA) which incorporate different aspects from various martial arts is now hugely famous across the globe and it’s an important part of fitness regime now. While some people are skeptical about practicing MMA for being prone to injury, our take is a little different. While getting into an MMA fight is prone to the injury being a full-body contact sport, but practicing MMA to improve fitness is a different story.

Just like traditional strength and cardio training, MMA can lead to injury for the

  • Lack of proper guidance and precaution
  • Lack in technique
  • Bypassing the gradual progression

On the other hand, the benefits of practicing MMA are:-

  • Fun workout to end the monotony
  • Can be scaled for every fitness level
  • Metabolic conditioning
  • Total body workout
  • Lean muscle gain and fat loss
  • Improved reflex, power, and agility
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Self-defense

One of the main reasons for the rising popularity of martial arts and MMA is people finding out that an intense session can be fun also. It can be practiced in a group, improves power, training both cardio and endurance strength at the same time while learning a lifesavingself-defense skillset - you want any more reasons to include this in your fitness regime?

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Abhishek Chatterjee

Born and brought up in the industrial town of Rourkela, Northern Odisha, Abhishek never thought Fitness will be his profession in future.

After completing Btech (IT) he .... Read More..

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