Where Does BJJ Come From?

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Most people think that BJJ comes from Brazil (hence the name, “Brazilian” jiu-jitsu). But Where does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Come From? really? If you trace its origins back far enough, you’ll notice that it actually comes from Japan. Around 1914, a man by the name of Esai Maeda arrive in Brazil in an attempt to establish… Read more »

MMA Health Benefits?

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If you’re an athletic person in general, you probably appreciate the correlation between health and physical activity. With the growing popularity of MMA in mainstream culture, this could lead one to wonder, “What are the health benefits of MMA?” As you’ll see in the following sections, there are many. Does MMA Have Health Benefits? Health… Read more »

Is MMA Safe?

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If someone were to watch mixed martial arts on television, they might automatically wonder, “Is MMA safe?” That’s a fair question, and one that needs to be answered objectively. In short, just like any other sport, MMA is as safe as the instructors, referees, and fighters make it out to be. Granted, it wasn’t always… Read more »

Will MMA Be an Olympic Sport?

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Asked any MMA fan and they’ll tell you that they’d love nothing more than to see mixed martial arts treated as an Olympic sport. But how feasible is this? Will MMA be an Olympic sport? Below we’ll cover both the reasons why MMA should and can become an Olympic sport, as well as why it… Read more »

How Long Does it Take to Learn MMA?

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Some MMA trainers claim that it takes 8 months to learn this sport. Others claim that it can take several years. Which one is correct in answering the all-too-common question, “How long does it take to learn MMA?” While there is no concrete answer, there are ways estimate your learning curve based on how much… Read more »

How Do I Find MMA Classes?

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If you’re like most aspiring mixed martial arts enthusiasts, you’re probably faced with the same question: “How do I find MMA classes that are right for me?” First and foremost, it’s important that you don’t just search for any MMA class – you need to be searching for the right classes. By this, we mean… Read more »

Does MMA Build Muscle

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Does MMA Build Muscle? Some individuals train MMA so that they can defend themselves, while others train MMA so that they can build up their confidence. Then there’s the group of people who practice MMA so that they can build muscle. But how practical is this goal? So, does MMA help build muscle in a… Read more »

Do I Need Experience to Train MMA?

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One of the more common concerns that individuals will have regarding MMA is whether or not they need prior experience in order to participate. In short, the answer is no. Mixed martial arts is very similar to other sports in the sense that you can learn as you go along. There are countless stories of… Read more »

MMA Sparring and Standup Tips

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8 MMA Sparring and Standup Tips to Take your Game to the Next Level Standup and sparring are excellent ways to become a better MMA fighter. Strikes, including front kicks, hooks, jabs, and crosses should be practiced meticulously to be mastered. Let’s take a look at 8 MMA sparring and standup strategies that you can… Read more »

MMA Tips for Fighting Bigger and Stronger Opponents

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In MMA, there’s no doubt that fighting a bigger, stronger opponent can be quite the challenge. Remember that just because two fighters weigh roughly the same, doesn’t mean that one of them isn’t stronger, taller, or bigger than the other. If you are a fighter with a smaller build and figure, use the following MMA… Read more »