Some thoughts on MMA, Mixed Martial Arts

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has become a very popular term in the sport arena.  It is where two individuals of similar weight will box and grapple with one another until the other is knocked out or submits to the other.  MMA is a sport and has little to do with traditional Martial Arts.  Many strikes and targets are not allowed in an MMA bout as they are too dangerous for sport use.

It is true that one can learn the theory and concepts of MMA at Monk Wise Academy, or any traditional martial arts school, yet traditional styles can never completely carry over to the MMA environment.  There is an old saying which states to get better at something you must do it over and over.  MMA fighters need to focus specifically on MMA.  This does not mean cross training is out of the question, it is supposed to be mixed martial arts after all.  Other sports styles such as boxing, wrestling, tae kwon do, etc. are good choices for MMA fighters for cross training.  Chinese Sanda is also a great way to cross train for MMA as it is sport fighting style that allows throws and take downs, unlike boxing or tae kwon do. 

Those interested specifically in traditional martial arts should avoid MMA training.  Many bad habits will be developed.  Self defense training cannot be made into a sport.  One can not learn traditional martial arts with all of its benefits, in regards to usable real self-defense, by training specifically in MMA.  How will an individual smaller in frame than their attacker have a chance if they merely try to box and take their attacker to the ground to make them submit or give-up.  In this type of scenario that approach to self preservation just will not work.

Understand that our intention is to educate.  As different cultural movements come about those who are not educated can make decisions based on what they think versus what is.  For example when kick aerobics and Tae Bo were popular we saw, in the self-defense industry, them being advertised as not just a great work out but that one could learn self-defense too.  Remember, The only way to learn a thing is to do a thing.  Many individuals came in looking for authentic martial arts classes only to realize their martial arts movement based work out program was falling short of empowering them to truly be able to defend themselves.  Monk Wise Academy will get you in the best shape of your life while teaching lessons in honest self-defense.

The Chinese Martial Arts have been a “mixed” martial arts program for 1000's of years. Utilizing circular blocks, direct strikes, grabbing, sweeping, throwing, joint locking, pressure point techniques, chi (energy) development and use. As well as utilizing the use of many weapon types. Being a complete system of self defense and not merely a martial style offers many benefits. A smaller, weaker person or even those with disabilities can use an array of time-tested techniques effectively to defend themselves and those around them.

At Monk Wise Martial Arts Academy we adhere to traditional values and martial teachings. Focusing on maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses, creating the ultimate training tool for any body type or personality. So whether your personal goals include; fitness, stress management, self-defense, or an enjoyable supplement to your way of life, we have the Program for you!

At Monk Wise Academy we respect and applaud all who seek to better themselves through aerobics, Yoga, sports, boot camps, boxing, MMA, etc.  And we ask that you recognize and honor those athletes who participate in such sports as MMA.  -One would be foolish not to respect an individual who is willing to face off in a closed environment with another individual and fight until submission. 

Be well.