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A New And Exciting Sport Found In Martial Arts

By John Ho

The explosion in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts over the past decade has resulted in sporting franchises, television sports, and even video games to capture a rabid fan base. A simple boxing or wrestling matches will be overly promoted and often fail to deliver on the hype. In comparison, a Mixed Martial Arts match can draw not only interest for the blinding speed and raw power of the two opponents, but also the strategy they must deploy in order to force the other into submission.

The history of mixed martial arts can be traced back to the early 1900s in Japan, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. They were not introduced to the United States until the first UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 1993. This sport gained international publicity and widespread exposure when Royce Grace, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, won the first UFC tournament by defeating three challengers in five minutes. As the UFC tournaments continued each year, interest in mixed martial arts continued to grow.

Most mixed martial arts competitions have weight classes so fighters can take on opponents who are close to their own body size. There are nine main weight classes which are super heavyweight (120+kg), heavyweight (120kg), light heavyweight (93 kg), middleweight (84 kg), welterweight (77 kg), lightweight (70 kg), featherweight (66 kg), bantamweight (61 kg), and flyweight (57 kg).

Offensive attacks are certainly effective, but many find that defensive based Mixed Martial Arts can be superior in the contest for submission. Perhaps the most awe inspiring form of defensive fighting is Brazilian Muay Thai, a stance that requires the full weight of a fighter to constantly be perched upon their toes. This gives the defender the chance to instantly kick out as hard as possible, catching his opponent off guard in the midst of an attack or approach. Likewise, American kenpo is a style that emphasizes several lightning fast strikes in the course of only one or two seconds, causing an attacker to reel for the surprise of the combination counter blows.

Time limits were made to give the competitors rest at regular intervals, allowing them to build up their strength for short bursts. There are matches without time limits, but often they contain less action because both sides are trying to conserve their strength. Most professional mixed martial arts matches have 3 five minute rounds, while championship matches have 5 five minute rounds. Both competitions have the stand up rule, where referees can pull up the fighter if it appears they are resting on the floor or not trying to gain a dominant position in the fight.

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