MMA And The Culture Of International Martial Arts

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There are few sports more followed in this modern day than Mixed Martial Arts. This is highlighted by the height of popularity that is being enjoyed by the UFC in recent years, as huge events have sold out massive arenas across the globe.

However, MMA is made up of a number of different martial arts, which have been picked up by a number of the top stars in the different weight classifications. But, what are some of the most prominent MMA types that have been evident in huge UFC events throughout history?

Karate

One of the most famous forms of mixed martial arts is Karate. This type of combat originates from Japan and was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It is one of the most famous striking arts in MMA, which includes competitors using kicking, punching, and knee strikes; all of which is evident if you watch any UFC event. However, combat skill is far more important than just the sport itself, as it promotes respect and discipline.

Last year was a particularly famous year for the sport, as it was part of the Olympic program for the first time ever in Tokyo. Karate was first introduced in the United States after the Second World War, as members of the US military learned the art during their time in Japan. The first Dojo was opened in the States in 1945.

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Judo

One of the most famous forms of mixed martial arts in Japan remains Judo. It ranks highly among the most popular betting options in the country, with punters always looking for the best online betting sites. Judo originates from Japan and was created in 1882 by Kano Jigoro. Due to its emphasis on randori, it is able to separate itself from other MMA types such as Tenjin Shinyo-Ryu.

The sport rose to prominence after it was included in school tournaments around Tokyo, while this was also the period it was adopted as a primary martial art by the police department. The aim of judo is to throw your opponent and immobilize them by using a pin. The sport has since helped influence other combat styles throughout history, including submission and shoot wrestling, and close-quarters combat.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

There has been no shortage of successful Brazilian MMA stars in recent history, and one form of combat that has proven to be particularly successful has been Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This form of combat is a self-defense martial art, and it is based on grappling and ground fighting, while submission holds are also evident throughout.

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BJJ centers around taking an opponent to the ground, and then controlling their rival to gain an advantage. It eventually became its own form of combat sport through the adaption of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, and it is now a prominent part of MMA, which means that you will regularly see fighters in the UFC adopting this style. It isn’t just at a professional level that BJJ has achieved huge success, as it is also used for promoting fitness and building character across the globe.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is another of the most popular forms of martial art in the world. This type of combat sport can be traced back to Israel, as it was developed for the use of the Israeli Defence Forces. It remains a very popular form of combat sport to this day, as it incorporates a number of different skills. That includes wrestling, boxing, and judo. One of the reasons that it is used regularly is down to its extreme efficiency, with Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist, Imi Lichtenfeld using it to defend Jews in Bratislava against fascist groups in the 1930s.

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Lichtenfeld later developed his style to create Krav Maga, and he then taught the form of martial art to Jewish paramilitary groups, which would be a focal point of the Israeli War of Independence. Interestingly, there are two different types of Krav Maga. One is adapted for the use of security forces, while the other is for civilian use.

Conclusion

The popularity of MMA across the world will continue to rise over the coming years, as the success of the UFC looks set to continue. That will only see the various form of combat achieving newfound popularity, with more ordinary people looking to pick up skills that some of the stars that they enjoy watching possess. That can only be seen as a huge positive with sports such as judo, and Krav Maga, as continued success will lead to its future.