Questions tagged [mixed-martial-arts]

Mixed martial arts permits both striking and grappling techniques, drawing from boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, muay thai, and several other styles. The term mixed martial arts was coined in 1995 to describe the fighting style emerging from the Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions.

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Martial Arts / Gym [closed]

There experts, I'm a type 1 diabetic since my childhood. The diabetic condition is good. I'm 26 years old. Currently I'm 58kgs / 128 Pounds , 10kgs / 22 behind underweight. I'm more interested in ...
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How much would MMA change if gloves and wraps were banned?

It seems obvious that punches would be far riskier without hand protection designed specifically to cushion the knuckles and stabilize the hand, but I don't have any idea how much it would change the ...
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Diagnosed with Grade - 1 Spondylolisthesis of L4/L5. Can I start my training in MMA after recovery phase is over? [closed]

So, I have been diagnosed with grade - 1 spondylolisthesis of L4/L5. Here is the MRI Scan result and here is the X-Ray Scan. I used to train in MMA (kickboxing, Grappling, Wrestling) three years ago. ...
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Are there MMA rules that prohibits reactions which would render grappling unusable in a real world scenario?

I was watching some MMA and grapplers like Khabib are incredibly fast and efficient in launching on the opponent. But it seems to me compared to the other reactions like dodging when being kicked at, ...
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Is the predominance of grappling in MMA prizefighting primarily a function of the small ring and cage?

This is how it was explained to me years ago by a practitioner of the various arts emphasized in MMA. Essentially, in Judo competitions, it’s not as easy to take the opponent to the ground b/c there ...
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Is getting on your back a good stalling tactic or was Kazushi Sakuraba an anomaly?

In almost all the MMA fights I've watched, nobody seemed happy on their backs. Being good at BJJ can turn this into a plus if the opponent is a lot worse at groundfighting and is trapped in your guard,...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

As someone who plans on studying at university, it might be quite difficult to find part-time jobs that are similar to my chosen area of study. Other than my subject of study; theoretical physics, I ...
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Why aren't forbidden moves in grappling sports like Judo and BJJ also a problem in MMA?

Bear in mind I only very recently started watching combat sports, so I'm still unfamiliar with many techniques and the history of the various sports. Explain it like I'm 5 if you must. In Judo and BJJ,...
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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to protect your chin while you throw your punch combinations, as in tucking in your chin behind your shoulders. Often times, this whole idea ...
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How do mixed martial artists select their stance lead foot?

An orthodox (right-handed) boxer fights with their left foot forward so they can throw a strong right-handed punch with hip rotation. A right-handed judoka has their right foot forward so their ...
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What are the major differences between a mentor and a cornerman, and why would one be preferable to the other?

Mentor vs Cornerman: What are the major differences between these roles? For example: Trust level Confidence in advice given Formal vs informal relationship Things you talk about And is your ...
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Help me make a choice: Wing Chun or Bujinkan Ninjutsu

This September I will be going away to university and currently, I am dealing with a dilemma of signing up for either a Wing Chun or Bujinkan ninjutsu club, along with my MMA training. Now, I have ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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Does BJJ adequately train defence against “ground and pound” situations?

I am nervous that my BJJ training is negatively affecting my MMA skills (which is what my priority is). Many of the positions we are drilling in my BJJ class would be a bad idea in an MMA fight, ...
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How do you move a wavemaster bag around?

The freestanding punching bag. At my studio it’s situation on a rubber mat, and we need to move it around to the middle of the mat for drills. I’ve seen a few instructors stand on it and somehow tip ...
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Is weight class related to injury risk in combat sports like MMA or boxing?

I have a hypothesis that damage resistance (ability to handle destructive impact without damage) is not related to the ability to deliver destructive damage (as a function of body mass) in ratio 1:1 (...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

For instance, why are there no MMA guys over 62 that can win championships? Is it that MMA techniques no longer work once you reach a certain age when fighting a competitive opponent? What is the deal?...
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What would be the best form of martial arts for a bigger guy? [closed]

I am 6”3 and 256 pounds, I played sports my whole life so I’m not fat but I do have a few extra pounds on right now that I just started working on losing again. After I get down to 230-240 I wanted to ...
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Chess Boxing - Wondering how I would do / how I'd get into it

Ok I tried to find the 'chess boxing' subforum here and one doesn't exist, but I'm not surprised it's not by any means mainstream. Hopefully there's someone here that is knowledgeable and I'd ...
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I still look like a complete “noob” during drills with long combos I've never practiced before hand

In our class we get long combos thrown at us, something like e.g. jab cross jab switch kick then body hook head hook right. I can never remember when they're said in class. I can do OK when it's my ...
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how come some people are able to move around the ring like they're skating or floating?

while for others it looks so awkward. I understand basic footwork like the step shuffle and have heard of some 'advanced' techniques like the blitz step that somehow involve shifting your weight ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

And if so how far into human anatomy should you go? I know obviously aim for the jaw or back of the ear, and know certain spots on the body like the liver and solar plexus for winding the person. Does ...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Intuitively I know faster punches = more speed is better. But also mass is important for generating force as well as energy. In high school physics we learn E = 1/2 mv^2 so energy is proportional to ...
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Fighting stance

What is the best fighting stance for kickboxing Dutch style? I'm new to kickboxing K-1, and I'm wondering if keeping your back straight with the core tensed and raising your shoulders to protect your ...
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MMA with a knee issue?

I'm a 17 year old male, reasonably fit, recently got into weight training. Last year I had this knee issue called Osgood Schlatter disease. I don't have any cracks or tears, but my knee isn't quite ...
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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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Are there moves that would never be taught or talked about in an MMA gym?

because they're just too dangerous to the public or for public consumption? I assume they'd be slight modifications of the more dangerous moves that would be the ones actually taught.
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How can you take steps to decrease risk of brain damage during Thai sparring?

For example I'd much rather take a kick to the leg than to the head, or even to the body. Is there a way I can incorporate this into my style to minimize risk of damaging head shots?
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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

In three months I'll be going abroad for master studies. I have left my job in order to prepare somewhat for the course in the three months before I leave. This gives me time for some extra activities ...
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Why do MMA fighters seem to duck down before they throw a right hand?

Is this a standard technique to avoid being hit in the head (from a counter punch) or am I seeing things? If they duck, why can't the other fighter anticipate their move and kick or aim punch at a ...
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Right handed southpaw

I primarily fight in the southpaw stance. I fight like a southpaw, throwing the left cross, and lead with my right. Here is where it gets weird: I’m right handed. I fight like a natural southpaw, but ...
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Possible explanations for contradictory facts on headgear and brain damage?

We have two scientifically proven facts that seem to contradict: Amateur bouts (where they wear headgear) have fewer knockouts than professional bouts (where they don't wear headgear) Amateur bouts ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

Is there a style of Martial Arts that requires a person to be double-jointed or is performed better if double-jointed? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njWL8woekB8 You must watch to get the range of ...
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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Many times, when my sensei teaches me a technique, he takes reference from either wrestling or grappling. I always thought the two are different terms for the same art until the master told me that it'...
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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I've been practicing BJJ for quite some time now. Recently, in sparring sessions, I think I've hurt one of my ears. It pains a lot and now that ear has turned red. I've read in many sites that ...
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Doing martial arts on LSD

I hear people on LSD can see movements in slower frame rates. Looks like very helpful in martial arts! Do you suggest doing martial arts on LSD? Any experience?
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“Lighter” but effective martial art

I'm recovering from a very tenacious back injury and the martial arts I usually do (MMA and BJJ) hurt too much. I've had this injury for 2 years and whenever I think I'm healed enough to restart ...
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Concerns with lead leg while throwing a jab

When throwing a jab is it necessary to step with the lead leg to add some power? I personally step with both feet for the sake of a strong base, also not to be vulnerable for an inside leg sweep to ...
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Learning to throw a proper Muay Thai low and body kick

Have been training Muay Thai for about 4 months, yet I still find myself struggling with almost all the Muay Thai kicks - especially the low and body kick. My kicks happen to be weak as I often lose ...
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What does “submission (terror)” mean as method of winning or losing a fight in MMA?

I've been reading about the old days of UFC and came across a fighter named Joe Son. If you look at his MMA record on his Wikipedia page, you'll notice that listed under method for his losses are: ...
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Help for Cauliflower Ear

I train in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). About 3 weeks back, I got my ear in a bind (headlock, probably, but it wasn't traumatic enough to make me think about it). I went to a dermatologist, but they ...
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Why are some people just not getting knocked out?

I just watched this compilation https://youtu.be/p4aRkLSgNGY. I've been sparring for a few months now, and even though I've never been knocked out, I can see how one would get knocked out. In this ...
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Rice filled bag or mung bean filled bag which one is effective for training?

I have rice filled conditioning bag is it good for improve knuckles ? Or do I need make new one with mung beans ?
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Is the head-outside single leg takedown relevant in MMA?

The head-inside single leg is an essential takedown in both wrestling and MMA. Often when one fails the head-inside, you can fake the switch to the double leg, and the head-outside single is there. ...
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How to condition knuckles?

I punch rock and wood slowly everyday; is it good for conditioning knuckles? What do you recommend for conditioning knuckles? I am doing knuckle push ups on concrete, too.
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How can I build striking power?

I am asking how to develop strong punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbow strikes. I have attempted training my biceps, chest and back, but I feel as if my striking force is the same as before...
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What is the relative frequency of Muay Thai in the UFC vs. other fighting styles and why?

In the UFC, Muay Thai seems to be much more common than kickboxing, karate, or tae kwon do. Is this actually true, or is it just my perception? What's the relative breakdown of the styles? What are ...
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Technique for landing a Teep

When landing a teep kick, should one apply pressure via the toes/palm of the foot or the heel?
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Does glove size make any difference?

I am a noob when it comes to mixed martial arts and boxing. I was just curious what difference does the glove size make in MMA as Mcgregor was happy that Mayweather agreed to reduce the glove size to ...
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Why is wrestling often not seen as a martial art?

Why, at least in the United States, is wrestling not generally considered a martial art? It's arguably the single most important martial art in MMA and self defense, in addition to being one of the ...