The theory of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been around forever, but was probably best expounded upon by Bruce Lee.
Bruce recognized that different styles had different techniques that worked best in certain situations and for different people. In developing his own style Jeet Kune Do Bruce depended upon different distances one would encounter in a fight, and would take techniques from many different martial arts disciplines using the best and most suitable for each range. His philosophy was use what works in each system and throw out what doesn't.
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started it was not Mixed Martial Arts. It was basically a contest of one art against another. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dominance in the beginning of these very limited rules fights was quite apparent, but then something happened... Martial artists like Maurice Smith started training in opposing disciplines. So being a world class kick boxer, he trained jiu jitsu and wrestling. Being able to avoid submissions and take downs he could then force people to fight to his strength. With some very notable wins against grapplers we began to see almost everyone fighting professionally start training in multiple disciplines . . ..
This beginning however had people that were predominantly one style learning others to compliment and allow their strength to be forced upon their opponent. So we have kick boxers learning wrestling and jiu jitsu. Jiu Jitsu black belts learning to box and wrestlers learning submissions and striking techniques. But the latest batch of professional MMA fighters have actually started learning fighting techniques as a combined system. Learning to grapple, strike submit as a holistic system. Modern MMA is just that. Learning multiple disciplines and styles within those disciplines in order to be a well rounded athlete.
For those who have no aspirations to climb into the octagon, what MMA can do for you is allow you to learn many different techniques in a fun and always changing format. You will learn very powerful and practical self defense techniques. And you will get a wonderful work out doing so.
Our MMA program allows you to come to all of our classes dedicated to separate arts (like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing) and also to classes dedicated to the holistic integration of these arts.