Mixed Martial Arts                                           by                                        Ken StilesLearn rea...
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Martial Arts Overview............................................................................
Chapter 1: Martial Arts OverviewAnytime an individual decides to learn how to protect themselves, learn self defense, orbe...
together, to test their skills and see who is the better fighter.With the UFC, a lot of people have gotten the wrong idea ...
Chapter 2: What Is Mixed Martial Arts?You have probably heard of karate or judo. But did you know that there is such a thi...
One of the biggest differences in mixed martial arts is the ring where the fighters play.Unlike a boxing or wrestling ring...
Chapter 3: Choosing The Best Martial Arts StyleFor anyone who wants to learn a martial art, there is a lot to know in rega...
Before you decide on a martial arts style, you should always research the schools anddojos in your area and see what all t...
Chapter 4: What Does It Take To Be A Mixed Martial Arts FighterIf you are familiar with one martial arts technique, you ma...
enroll in a school that offers various levels of training.What you learn here is not only proper technique but also helps ...
Chapter 5: Martial Arts MoviesAlmost everyone I know who has studied martial arts got a start watching kung fu films.The m...
fighting techniques that are made for survival – and may even save your life.                     Click here: http://kensb...
MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the author of this book has anaffiliate relationship and/or another...
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  1. 1. Mixed Martial Arts by Ken StilesLearn real-life, no-holds-barred street fighting techniques that are designed to break,crush and maim your attackers. Get the details on “dirty” street fighting techniques thatare made for survival – and may even save your life. Click here: http://kensbestpicks.com/streetfighting/ For more information about Martial Arts movies, go to: http://martial-arts-dvds.com 1
  2. 2. Table of ContentsChapter 1: Martial Arts Overview..............................................................................................................3Chapter 2: What Is Mixed Martial Arts?....................................................................................................5Chapter 3: Choosing The Best Martial Arts Style......................................................................................7Chapter 4: What Does It Take To Be A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.........................................................9Chapter 5: Martial Arts Movies................................................................................................................11 2
  3. 3. Chapter 1: Martial Arts OverviewAnytime an individual decides to learn how to protect themselves, learn self defense, orbecome a better person, one thing comes to mind - martial arts. Martial arts are verycommon these days, being practiced all over the world.The martial arts have been used for many centuries, although they really became famousaround the time of Bruce Lee. Bruce invented the style of Jeet Kune Do, which involvesvery fast strikes with amazing counter defenses. Once people began to see just how fastBruce Lee could move, they began to look into martial arts and see just how it couldbenefit them.Martial arts are broken down into specific styles. The style all depends on where andwhat you study. A lot of cultures and countries offer martial arts that they originated,developed, and perfected. Brazil offers Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Japan has Karate, Thailandhas Muay Thai, France has Savate, and China has Shaolin. Keep in mind that each stylewill vary in techniques and what it has to offer you.Although many people think of martial arts as being just for self defense purposes, thisisnt always the case. Martial arts are used in tournaments and competitions as well,which can include sparring, floor routines, and even block and brick breakingdemonstrations. All across the world, there are competitions and chances for fighters toprove themselves and their knowledge.In general, all martial arts will teach you how to defend yourself and above all else -help you develop self control. Once you begin to study a martial art, youll quickly startto develop a much better state of mind. No matter what style of martial art you study,the instructors will drill self control into your head.Those of you who have a bad temper or just need to learn self control, martial arts canbe very beneficial to study. Not only will you learn self control, youll also learn how todefend yourself in the most drastic of situations. Self control is very important, asmartial arts can be very deadly if they are taught to the wrong person - with the wrongintentions.Over the last decade, there have been a lot of mainstream competitions that showcasemartial arts, such as Extreme Fighting, King of the cage, and the most popular of all, theUFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The UFC has come a long way over the years,sparking interest from all over the world. It pairs stylists from all over the world 3
  4. 4. together, to test their skills and see who is the better fighter.With the UFC, a lot of people have gotten the wrong idea about martial arts. A martialart is great to learn, although if it works in the UFC, it doesnt always mean that it willprotect you out on the streets. Karate for example, teaching blocking and striking, withlittle to no emphasis on grappling techniques. If you get in close, Karate really doesnthelp. With some distance however, Karate can be very devastating.No matter how you look at it, martial arts can be great to learn if you learn it for theright reasons. Each style will vary in technique and what it has to offer you, which iswhy you should pick the best style for your needs and what you hope to accomplish.Martial arts can teach you a lot about self defense and yourself - all you have to do isgive it a try. 4
  5. 5. Chapter 2: What Is Mixed Martial Arts?You have probably heard of karate or judo. But did you know that there is such a thingcalled mixed martial arts?Mixed martial arts or MMA is a full contact combat support which allows players tofight in a competition using various fighting techniques. The rules allow the fighters touse various striking and grappling techniques both while standing and on the ground.But MMA was first introduced by the Greeks in 648 B.C. Back then, it was called thepankration which was introduced into the Olympic Games. Records show that there wasa similar version of this in the 1800s which continued on in the early 1900s until theMMA came out in 1993 with the establishment of the Ultimate Fighting Championshipor UFC.The difference between the MMA and those in the past is that this was initially createdto find out which hand to hand combat technique works best to fight in a combatsituation so fighters of various disciplines were gathered. During that time, there wereonly a few rules but more than 10 years later, additional ones were adopted to increasethe safety of those who competed and to promote the sport.Today, you can see the Ultimate Fighting Championship on television. Research showsthat mixed martial arts is now more popular today than boxing especially when morepeople were willing to pay to see it on pay per view channels surpassing wrestling andboxing.There are now 5 weight classes namely lightweight which is 67 to 70 kg, welterweightwhich is 71 to 77kg, middleweight from 78 to 84 kg, light heavyweight from 85 to 93 kgand heavy weight from 94 to 120 kg. There are 4 other weight classes but these are notcurrently being used by the UFC.How someone wins in mixed martial arts is pretty simple. If the opponent taps the floor,the match is over. The same happens if the opponent is knocked unconscious. Shouldboth fighters still be standing at the end of the match, the winner will be decided by thejudges.Illegal contact with the other opponent is called a foul. The referee inside the ring maydeduct points from one player or even disqualify that person if the act committed wasintentional or no contest if this was unintentional. 5
  6. 6. One of the biggest differences in mixed martial arts is the ring where the fighters play.Unlike a boxing or wrestling ring that is shaped in a rectangle, competition here is donein an octagon shaped cage. The eight sided structure has walls of metal chain link fencecoated with black vinyl. There is padding around the top of the fence and between eachof the eight sections as well as two entry-exit gates which are opposite each other.Competitors who enter the ring have to wear proper attire. This means going into thering with approved shorts and no shoes. Gloves must also be approved and have at leastan inch of padding around the knuckles so the person will still be able to use his fingersand grab the opponent without the risk of injuring the hand.Is mixed martial arts nice to watch? The answer is yes given that there are now morepeople watching it and others who want to join the competition. There was even a realityshow that come out recently called the Contender which first started airing boxersfighting in the ring. 6
  7. 7. Chapter 3: Choosing The Best Martial Arts StyleFor anyone who wants to learn a martial art, there is a lot to know in regards to the manydifferent styles. Of course there is the question of finding the best martial art, which is aquestion a lot of people ask With so many martial arts styles to choose from, it can bevery complicated to pick one to learn.No matter you may hear or what others have to say, it is quite impossible to name onestyle of martial arts as the ultimate best. Actually, there are several factors that comeinto play, which makes a statement about a style being the best impossible. Even thoughone style may beat another in a competition or a fight, doesnt always mean that thewinning style is the best.Before deciding to rush out there and learn a martial art, there are several things that youshould decide first. Martial arts are great to learn, no matter which style you decide on.A martial art can teach you self discipline, self defense, and several other traits that willhelp you no matter where you decide to go in life.Self defense All over the world, there are several martial arts schools and dojos thatemphasize self defense a lot more than others. Schools that focus on kata, forms, orlight sparring are less than likely to teach you what you need to protect yourself on thestreet. If you are looking for street self defense, then youll want a style that trains hardand doesnt let up.Fitness Even though martial arts can improve your fitness level, it isnt the goal behind alot of the martial arts styles. Several styles, such as Tae Bo, are based purely on martialarts and doesnt include a lot of physical fitness training. If you are looking for fitness asyour main goal, then you should be looking into something other than martial arts.Fighting ability This will vary among the many different martial arts styles. Self defenseschools will most often take advantage of fighting skills, teaching you everything youneed to survive. Most martial arts styles are slow in theory, teaching you kata,movements, and forms. Self defense schools on the other hand, teach you how to inflictthe most amounts of damage in the least amount of time.Competition Competition based martial arts are all about winning trophies and showingthe world your style of martial arts. The competition that you have chosen, will greatlyimpact your style of martial arts. Youll need to decide if you will be fighting orshowcasing display kata, light or heavy contact, or focusing on grappling or striking. 7
  8. 8. Before you decide on a martial arts style, you should always research the schools anddojos in your area and see what all they offer you. The best schools will allow you toparticipate in a few free classes, or offer you discounts on your first few months. Theywill answer any questions that you have, and work with you to help you learn as muchas you can.Martial arts can be a very fun and exciting learning experience. There are hundreds ofdifferent martial arts styles out there, although you may be limited in choice, dependingon what all is offered in your area. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu andsome of the most common types of martial arts, are normally offered just abouteverywhere. The more distinct styles, such as Kung Fu, Shootfighting, Kenpo, andShaolin styles are a bit hard to harder to find.If you do your homework on some of the styles that are offered in your area, youll findone that best fits your reasons to study. Martial arts can change your outlook on life - allyou have to do it devote yourself to learning all you can about the philosophy of yourmartial art. 8
  9. 9. Chapter 4: What Does It Take To Be A Mixed Martial Arts FighterIf you are familiar with one martial arts technique, you may be able to win fightinganother opponent using the same discipline. But could you do the same if your opponentis using something else when you meet him in the ring?The chances of you winning are fifty-fifty. But if you are familiar with the technique theopponent is using, then your chances become much higher.For that to happen, you have to learn a variety of martial arts and condition yourself likeyou have never done before. Being able to this makes you a mixed martial arts fighterand since this is not for everyone, you have to commit yourself to the sport and make alot of changes in your lifestyle.These changes include how you train, how you eat, sleep and even how you live. Thedownside is that it will affect your family and even your social life. Every sacrifice youmake is important because the moment you lose focus, the greater the chances that youwill really get hurt in the ring.If you are for example skilled in judo, you will have to learn how to punch and kick bylearning other styles such as boxing, kickboxing, judo and jiu-jitsu. You will not learnthis overnight since it will take time to master them. After all the training, you should beable to switch from one discipline to another when the need calls for it especially whenyou are facing your opponent in the ring.Aside from fighting in the ring, you will also need to run regularly so you are able tomaintain your endurance. For those who were on the varsity team in high school orcollege, things are going to get more intense than that. When you are hurt, you will traineven harder until you reach the point of exhaustion. Just remember that your opponentwhoever he may be is doing exactly the same thing and the winner all boils down to whowants it the most.The human body is the weapon you have as a mixed martial arts fighter. What you doand how you train for it will greatly affect how well you perform in the ring. If younotice, most of the fighters in the ring are physically fit so you have to just as ready asthem during competition.So what does it take to be a mixed martial arts fighter? To be the best in this sport youmust have dedication. For that, you have to give up a lot of things and the first step is to 9
  10. 10. enroll in a school that offers various levels of training.What you learn here is not only proper technique but also helps build up your moraleand confidence which is something you need to push yourself further. When you lookfor a school, review the methods of training they use as well as the cost.Can you afford it? If you do, then this shouldnt be a problem but if you are financiallystrapped, try to find another school that can give you the same quality of training so youmay become a mixed martial arts fighter. Look for them in the internet or ask aroundbecause there is surely a school there that can help you out. 10
  11. 11. Chapter 5: Martial Arts MoviesAlmost everyone I know who has studied martial arts got a start watching kung fu films.The most obvious and most classic ones are the martial arts movies done by the lateBruce Lee. He really set a new standard in martial arts films. He made things faster,more dramatic, and more involved than ever before. His movies not only had excellentand unprecedented fight scenes, but they also had interesting plots and sinister villains aswell.When watching old martial arts movies, it is easy to forget how pioneering They were atthe time. Many people get caught up in the bad translations and cheesy dialog, notnoticing me incredible fight scenes. Of course, modern Chinese martial arts movieshave taken things even further. The films of people like Chow Yun Fat, Jet Li, and JackieChan have set a whole news level of excellence for martial arts fight scenes. Theyseamlessly combined special effects, brilliant choreography, and humorous antics intoone seamless whole.Of course, There are plenty of other martial arts movies besides the kung fu films.America has been making fighting films for years. There were, of course, the Karate Kidmovies. Anyone who grew up in the 80s remembers these films. They were interestingbecause they featured a style of fighting that wasnt generally portrayed in movies at thetime. Karate is pretty straightforward, and doesnt necessarily make for great film. In theKarate Kid movies, however, they really made it work.Some of the most interesting martial arts movies are actually not fictional films at all,but demonstrations. I first saw a kung fu demonstration video about a year ago, andsince then I have been watching every single one I can get my hands on. Many of thesedemos are based around long, elaborate, intricate dance-like routines rather than simplefighting. All the moves have a combative purpose, but they also have a grace and beautyto them as well. The fighters shadowbox with imaginary enemies, leaping, vaulting,kicking, and punching all over the stage with grace and ease. They punctuate flashyaerobatics and martial arts weapons displays with grunts, shouts, and shoulder rolls. Allin all, it is almost every bit as dramatic as watching Jackie Chan take on the bad guys inone of his martial arts movies. Best of all, it gives you a taste of the art that you dontreally get in the big kung fu movies, No matter how cool they are. Somehow, it feelsmore authentic and more immediate. ***Learn real-life, no-holds-barred http://kensbestpicks.com/streetfighting/ that aredesigned to break, crush and maim your attackers. Get the details on “dirty” street 11
  12. 12. fighting techniques that are made for survival – and may even save your life. Click here: http://kensbestpicks.com/streetfighting/ For more information about Martial Arts movies, go to: http://martial-arts-dvds.com 12
  13. 13. MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the author of this book has anaffiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the providers of goods and servicesmentioned in this book and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. You shouldalways perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline. 13

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