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What is MMA and How it Started - MMAGYMS.NET
Published: February 23, 2019 What is MMA and How it Got Started MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts; a combat sport consisting of striking, takedowns, and ground fighting between two competitors in a ring or cage. Fights are decided by knockout, submission, referee stoppage, or judges scorecards. Punches, kicks, knees, and elbows are all permitted, along with throws, chokes, and joint locks. Matches are typically 3 to 5 rounds, and usually 5 minutes each. MMA is as close as most would like to get to an actual street fight or combat situation, while still operating within a specified ruleset and realm of safety. MMA has now become a hybrid collection of all the martial arts that came before it. There’s no question that the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has hit the mainstream, and is more popular than it has ever been. It is one of the newest and fastest growing international sports to date. The term itself was coined by one of the announcers during the first Ultimate Fighting Championship held in Denver, Colorado in 1993. In that first no rules, bareknuckle, no holds barred fighting tournament audiences saw for the first time what real, raw fighting looked like. For decades martial artists and action movie fans alike argued over who was the best fighter, what martial art was the best. That first UFC was very much a ‘style vs style’ test of martial artists put together by Rorion Gracie and Art Davies to showcase Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as the most effective style of martial arts. It is impossible to talk about MMA without mentioning the Gracie Family, the pioneers of ground fighting and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Years before the UFC, the Gracies were testing their martial arts style against any martial artist who would take the challenge. The ‘Gracie Challenge’ became famous in the world of martial arts; the Gracies offered an open challenge to any fighter in no-rules bareknuckle combat. The Gracie In Action, a film put together in the late 80’s by Rorion, documents these challenges as the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters take down and eventually force their opponents to submit or be rendered unconscious. To bring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the ultimate proving ground, Rorion Gracie and Art Davies put the Ultimate Fighting Championship together with a cash prize for the winner.The eight man tournament of UFC 1 ended with Royce Gracie, the younger brother of Rorion, submitting all 3 challengers in the evening. What the world saw was a smaller, less athletic guy beat much larger opponents with relative ease, using technique, leverage, and strategy to make them submit. UFC 1 instantly spread by word of mouth to all fight fans, martial artists, and tough guys that there was a real life version of the arcade game Street Fighter and the movie Bloodsport taking place. Royce Gracie dominated 4 of those first 5 UFC tournaments, succumbing to injury in UFC 3 after beating Kimo Leopaldo. By that time Royce had effectively shown that Gracie …