Martial Arts Academy in Ajax & Oshawa

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Mixed Martial Arts Programs (MMA)

MMA ( Mixed Martial Arts) Overview

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full­ contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the world.Originally promoted as a competition to find the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat, competitors from different fighting styles were pitted against one another in contests with relatively few rules.Later, individual fighters incorporated multiple martial arts into their style. MMA promoters were pressured to adopt additional rules to increase competitors' safety, to comply with sport regulations and to broaden mainstream acceptance of the sport. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with a pay-per-view business thatrivals boxing and professional wrestling.

History of MMA

During the early 20th century, various interstylistic contests took place throughout Japan and in the countries of the Four Asian Tigers. At the same time, in Brazil, there was a phenomenon called Vale ludo, which became known for unrestricted fights between various styles such as Judo/Brazilian jiu-jitsu, catch wrestling/Luta Livre, Muay Thai, and Capoeira. Another precursor to modern MMA was the 1976 Ali vs. lnoki exhibition bout (which ended in a draw after 15 rounds), fought between boxer Muhammad Ali and wrestler Antonio lnoki in Japan, where it later inspired the foundation of Shooto in 1985, Pancrase in 1993, and the Pride Fighting Championships in 1997.

In the 1990s, the Gracie family brought their Brazilian jiu-jitsu style, first developedin Brazil from the 1920s, to the United States – which culminated in the founding of the Ultimate FightingChampionship (UFC) promotion company in 1993. The company held an event with almost no rules, mostly due to the influence of Art Davie and RorionGracie attempting to replicate Vale Tudofights that existed in Brazil and would later implement a different set of rules (example: eliminating kicking a grounded opponent), which differed from other leagues which were more in favour of realistic, street like fights.

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Working hours

Monday – Friday:
07:00 – 21:00

07:00 – 16:00

Sunday Closed

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