Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
MMA incorporates the most effective techniques, from Wrestling, Boxing, Karate, Shoot Wrestling, Kickboxing, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s currently the fastest growing sport in the US with names such as Randy Corture and Royce Gracie bringing MMA ever increasing popularity.
MMA covers all ranges of unarmed combat and it is designed for sparring and competition. The aim is to have as few rules as possible while still ensuring safety against sever injuries. In general, Boxing (Kickboxing and Muay Thai included), Wrestling (Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and to a lesser extent Judo) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are the three styles that comprise the core of nearly all modern MMA.
Seishin’s MMA & BJJ classess can benefit the practitioner with:
– a well rounded fight game
–total body conditioning
–constantly evolving MMA strategies
To help you get started you will need a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi and Pants, a mouth guard and / or MMA shorts and rash top.
Seishin Martial Arts and Fitness Academy has developed its own MMA syllabus, endorsed by the Australian Mixed Martial Arts Association, based on experiences from the first Australian MMA, Shootwrestling and BJJ competitions in 1992 and train under coach John Donohue from Extreme Grappling and Jiu Jitsu.
The first local MMA competition in Perth was held in 2001, where Seishin MMA Instructor Andrew Wallace, coached by Doug Spear, won the bout by submission in the second round. As a sport, competitions are held quarterly at Craigie and Kalamunda where local fighters are able to put their skills to the test. Doug competed in the first state championship for BJJ in Perth in 1996, and in numerous Judo competitions in Perth in the 1990s.
Most MMA fighters fall into one of three general categories / strategies:
– The Ground Fighter who will force a fight to the ground, where the focus will be on getting a fight ending submission, “mission submission”. The ground fighter is the closest to a pure grappler one finds in MMA nowadays.
– The Wrestler whose strength is ususally teh takedown. A common strategy of the wrestler is known as “ground ‘n’ pound”. This refers to the method of taking an opponent down, achieving a dominant ground position, and finishing off the fight with attitude.
– The Striker whose preference is to stay on his / her feet and win with a knockout. This strategy of the striker is sometimes called the “sprawl ‘n’ bawl”. This refers to the focus on counter takedowns in order to stay upright and exchange blows.
Useful links: www.everythingmma.com.au