Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ):
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed by the Gracie Family after being introduced to Judo in the early 1900s. BJJ is a grappling art that promotes the idea that a weaker and smaller person can defend themselves against an assailant by using refined technique. BJJ is known for its chokes and joint manipulation
Developed by Jigoro Kano in the late Nineteenth Century Judo is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Judo literally means the Gentle-way and is known for its dramatic throws and its influence on modern martial arts. Judo was first demonstrated in the US in 1908 for Theodore Roosevelt & became an Olympic Sport in 1964.
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing):
Allowing punches, kicks, knees & elbows, Muay Thai is known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs,’ and is the national sport of Thailand. Recognized as one of the world’s premiere striking arts, Muay Thai has developed over the centuries from its battlefield origins to its current form, but much of the ceremony honoring its origins remains, including the wearing of Mongkols (Head Pieces) & the Ram Muay (ceremonial dance).
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA):
Filipino Martial Arts is a broad term for the fighting systems from the Philippines, which include both empty hand & blade/stick fighting. FMA blade/stick fighting is generally known as Eskrima/Arnis/Kali and employs a variety of weapons, including Rattan sticks & knives. FMA’s are known for their development of hand-eye coordination, evasive maneuvers & their practical applications. Forms of FMA are commonly taught to law-enforcement & military personnel.
One of the world’s oldest sports, Boxing’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians & Greeks. Boxing in its modern form developed from English Bare-Knuckle Boxing (Prizefighting) through numerous rule changes, which incorporated rounds, gloves, referees and judges. Boxing technique is focused on punching, balance and footwork.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):
MMA is a combat sport that allows a mixture of fighting techniques to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. MMA’s foundation is based in traditional wrestling (Free Style & Greco), submission based grappling systems (BJJ & Submission Wrestling) & striking arts (Muay Thai & Boxing).
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