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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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What martial art should I start with?

Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF) What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching MMA/...
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Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

In my opinion, Kung Fu fighters seem to be stuck into their own environment/technique. I say this because I've never seen any Kung Fu guys fighting (for real/professionally) in a fight with MMA rules. ...
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Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag

I don't have a place for a punching bag in my home. I wrap my hand in a cloth or a bandage and practice my kick boxing punches on the wall, along with knuckle push ups. My master told it isn't good ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This question admittedly contains a generalisation. There may well be traditional martial arts (especially particular schools/branches) that do seek to evolve and improve. However, it seems fair to ...
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Is there a reason why wing chun is uncommon in MMA

Is there a reason why Wing Chun is uncommon in MMA? An expert in Wing Chun might do really well as opponents would have a hard time finding training partners (like Lyoto Machida and Karate). perhaps ...
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What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...
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Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits? After years of practicing and sparring, my wife and I noticed that my posture when walking has changed drastically in a bad way. I constantly slouch when ...
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What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?

I basically always cut my hair right at the moment when they start getting into my eyes when training. Now I want to try and grow my hair to a half long - long hairstyle. There are some solutions I ...
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An Ontology of Combat

I've been looking for a semantic ontology defining the structure and varieties of attacks and defenses. Initially I'm looking for a very simple tree, something like: Attack-> Punch-> Jab ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

Not saying I can always block every punch or kick that's thrown against me in sparring but why is it that you sometimes cannot block, parry or dodge an attack? Is it because I haven't trained the ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

I am planning on doing MMA. Previously I have done taekwondo for 2 years. I choose MMA because I felt that taekwondo is less powerful with punches and grappling techniques, but when you do a sport ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to become expert in different martial arts

If i start my career with one martial art and become mature in that, will that particular martial art become my expertise and will other martial arts always be secondary like a native language and ...
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How do Boxers and other Martial Arts practitioners deal with pain?

As I understand it Boxers/Martial Arts practitioners can never become immune to pain. Instead they learn to deal with pain better than the regular Joes. So what do they do to deal with pain?
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Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts

I have never practiced any form of martial arts nor do I have any knowledge of the different forms of martial arts. I'm considering joining a mixed martial arts gym, however I wonder about what are ...
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Underwater Rear Naked Choke

I play waterpolo and while it is not often that I am blatantly choked out it has happened enough that I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for escaping a rear naked choke while underwater. The ...
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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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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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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 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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Advice on wearable technology during MMA class to alert me of critical phone calls (on-call 24/7)

I'm a caregiver. My phone is linked to my FIL's life alert system, but having a phone in my pocket during class is not working at all. I would like to know if anyone else has a product they use or ...
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Dropping weight before a MMA fight

In wrestling, we would drop a kg of water weight the night before and call it good. In MMA it is typical to drop between 4-6kg in the months before a fight. One issue I have is that I put on muscle ...
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How should a college club train for MMA?

I'm planning on starting an marital arts club at my college as a student group. My main idea is that myself and others who are trained in different martial arts disciplines (striking, grappling, ...
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If yelling is so good, why MMA fighters don't yell often

In our class, the benefits of yelling/shouting, i.e. Kihap, in sparring are sometimes pointed out. If yelling is so beneficial, why MMA fighters don't yell often? Or do they?
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Was grappling actually underappreciated in the USA before the UFC?

A narrative I commonly see is that grappling was only widely appreciated in America due to the success of Gracie Jiujitsu in the first few UFCs of the 1990s. Supposedly, people expected boxing, ...
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Established "curriculum" for MMA?

I'm basically asking for an established MMA "curriculum". By that, I mean a way of training students for mixed martial arts that has been applied successfully by a significant number of schools. The ...
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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

I have found a few examples detailing that bobbing and weaving is not as (if at all) effective outside of boxing, in scenarios where especially knees, kicks and elbows are involved. I understand ...
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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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A straight Punch on the nose can knock a person unconscious.How do fighters (MMA, Boxers etc) survive such repeated direct blows to their nose?

I often witness fighters in UFC survive direct blows to their nose. Punches with such extreme force can knock a person unconscious. Even soccer players are knocked unconscious if the Ball hits them ...
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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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Punching: Which way to Rotate Knuckles?

Why do they teach person to hit with knuckles horizontal in especially MMA and Muay Thai? It seems this can cause wrist damage, and hyperextension over the years. In Krav Maga they say to rotate ...
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what kind of gym work out is necessary for a Tae kwon do learner? [closed]

I take Tae Kwon Do 2 days a week and I also jog in the morning. I need a gym work out plan for the rest of the week. I need it to supplement body fitness and do specific strength supportive ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

I am coming from a Muay Thai style and trying out MMA. When sparring in Muay Thai I would frequently hold my glove to my face and successfully block punches. When doing this in MMA, most punches were ...
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Best martial art for a late bloomer

I have done "intro's" to a few martial arts when I was younger, now in mid 40's and reasonably good health. I am trying to find a martial art that would be easier for me to learn at this age (easier ...
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Do leg sweeps work with big people with muscles?

I was wondering about it because I have recently been watching out for some big men. I think leg sweeps are a good way to defeat them. But do they work with muscular people?
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Getting Punches in stomach as practice in kick boxing

My training in kick boxing includes getting many punches on stomach. I kind of enjoy this painful training. Apart from my master everyone told its not good for stomach. Is it going to harm some ...
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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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How to avoid being encircled by a body triangle?

The following sequence shows a fighter crossing his legs around the waist of his opponent. What could be some possible ways to avoid this situation? Once caught in it, how does one get out? To make ...
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How I can read "Record" results of MMA Fight?

Looking at the Wikipedia article for Mirko Filipović, his "Mixed martial arts record" is shown as a table with a "Record" column. How do I interpret this column? Example #1(without brackets): 23–6–...
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Starting two or more different martial arts at the same time

Is it simply like learning two different languages at the same time? If so will it be easier to differentiate if the two styles are very different? For example, Kyokushin Karate and Judo.
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Pain and if it can be eased in a fight

I've been boxing for a while now and been very comfortable 2 years in all. I only have one issue: whenever I get hit and it hurts I keep on thinking about the pain and end up not wanting to throw as ...
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Why does Muay Thai stance have its hand position more out for catching vs boxing?

In Muay Thai, how come the palms hands are rotated more outward like they are trying to catch the punches? However in boxing which is punch heavy, they are not like that and palms are rotated inward. ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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