Enter the Fight Club: Mixed Martial Arts

I was having a conversation with a friend the other night, when he broke the news that he is now doing some routines on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He is in training because he wants to enter the UFC.

Lol! Fat chance! I told him at once. So do you know Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu? I inquired. He answered me with a NO.

Gah, what are you going to do inside the octagon? Walk like a ramp model, strike a pose when your opponent is about to kick you? Or maybe you make some dribble exhibition so you can distract the other combatant huh! Do you even know how to punch?

How about, I’ll punch you in the face and you tell me after If I know how to box. That is why I’m on training because I want to learn about the techniques. He irritably answered back, lol.

Well, I was surprised because it is not in his element to do something being engaged in such brutal sport. Yes, he regularly visits the gym only because he needs to be fit. He is a freelance model. And I don’t think routinely playing basketball is either enough to give him the guts to be an MMA fighter. He was a varsity player back in his college days, by the way.

Yes, I am fan of MMA. I used to watched UFC without a missed and sometimes buy some DVDs about the sports and my favorite fighter is Chuck Liddell.

Mixed martial art is a combat sport that utilizes techniques from different martial arts. This sport is also known as a no-holds-barred fighting. A combatant will struggle it out by using techniques from different martial arts such as, Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, judo, karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Combatants will battle each other in an eight-sided cage for three, five minutes rounds. The way to win is to knock out the opponent by forcing them to tap out and employing a submission, or succeed by way of the judges’ decision.

The fights can be very intense that a referee must be keen to make sure the fight will be stopped if one of the fighters is no longer able to defend himself.

There are very few rules in mixed martial arts, and these rules were only established over the last ten years, this after the old mixed martial arts was a brutal combat sport in which fighter was always at risk.

For the new rules, certain moves, including headbutts, biting, and eye gouging are not permitted. Attacks to the groin area, kidneys, and trachea are also prohibited. Since no worldwide association that presides’ MMA, the rules may vary from country to country to protect the health of the fighter and to avoid damage.

It takes years for a person to learn several MMA techniques and how to utilize it for fighting. Training demands hours of dedication and practice and uses exceptional fight gear that include special training gloves that are designed in such a way to let the fighters utilized their hands so that they can seize their opponent and perform the submission.

Today, the sport is widely appreciated and by its popularity the sport is now being considered to be included in the Olympic sport.

So how about you, do you like mixed martial arts too?

By the way, I leave you photos of Patrick’s with his MMA training exercises and routines.