Hello, I’m Coach Jones 🙂
In short; Mixed Martial Arts is what Works.
In a sport where rules are limited, it allows for the things that work to stay and the things that don’t work to be filtered out. “MMA” is sometimes also referred to as “Modern Martial Arts” because nothing has evolved the entire world of Martial Arts more than the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Here’s a quick history lesson on MMA:
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) wasn’t a term until 2005 when Spike TV first aired The Ultimate Fighter. Up to that point, and when I started training with Team Tompkins back in 2000, it was called “Cage Fighting” or “No Holds Barred”.
The first UFC event was in 1993 and back in those days everything was very separate. There were people that did Karate, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Boxing (etc) and no one knew what art was the absolute best.
They took as many rules as they could out of the contest to try and determine this.
There were 2 Rules:
- No Rounds
- No Time Limits
- No Protective Gear
- No Weight Classes
There were many bouts during this time that included dirty tactics like:
- Hair pulling
- Striking to the groin
- Eye gouging (with the chin instead of fingers)
- Fish-Hooking (putting fingers into the mouth and pulling outward)
- Stomping on the head of a downed opponent
- And more…
At this time, with good reason, the UFC was often referred to as “Human Cock-Fighting”.
However, this spectacle evolved into the fastest growing sport of our lifetime and became Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
The Grapplers destroyed everyone at first and then the strikers learned to defend a takedown to keep the bouts on the feet. Then the grapplers got better at wrestling and, back in a time when Martial Artists were primarily strikers or grapplers – everyone had to learn how to do everything so they could survive.
If a tornado kick worked, it worked. If it didn’t the fighter would be taken to the ground and dominated. Fighters that knew the ground, the stand-up and the wrestling succeeded and any techniques or styles weren’t actually effective in practice either disappeared or became and very small part of the combative puzzle.