Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Croydon
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport with increasing popularity, and a pay per view business that rivals professional boxing and wrestling. Utilizing both striking, grappling and submission techniques adopted from a wide range of different martial arts, modern MMA bears a resounding similarity to Pankration, a full-range unarmed combat event in the ancient Greek Olympics.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the concept of combining elements from different martial arts was popularized in the West by Bruce Lee, when he created his Jeet Kune Do system by combining techniques from Wing Chun Kung Fu with elements of boxing, fencing, and other fighting styles. The rise of modern MMA probably started from the creation two hybrid martial arts: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and shoot wrestling. Today, common disciplines of MMA fighters include Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai and kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo.
Jeet Kune Do combines the most effective forms of self-defence from multiple styles. MMA, however, combines the most effective forms of fighting that is legal in the context of a regulated match. This emphasis on sport means that many of the more efficient techniques in self-defence, including strikes to vulnerable points like the eyes, throat, and groin, are not incorporated for safety reasons. Because there are no such things as rules in a desperate life-or-death situation, Wing Chun teaches effective, no-holds-barred self-defence techniques where no body part is sacred. This discrepancy between a purely self-defence style and a combat sport could explain why there are few MMA fighters who are Wing Chun practitioners.
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