mixed martial arts
is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. Various mixed-style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. In 1980 CV Productions, Inc. created the first regulated MMA league in the United States named Super Fighters, sanctioning ten tournaments in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill in 1983 which prohibited the sport. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship .
Many different styles are utilized in modern mixed martial arts, taking the aspects that are useful, and blending them to suit various combat needs. Some of the more common arts trained in are:
Brazialian Ju Jitsu- Ground work, Body Mechanics
Muay Thai / Western boxing - Striking, Footwork, Kicks
Wrestling / Judo - Grappling, leverage, throws
Tae Kwon Do / Karate - Strikes, Kicks, Momentum
Yoga - Flexability, recovery, breathing