When we hear about Mixed Martial Arts, (MMA) we usually think about the fighters in the UFC or the diverse skills of Bruce Lee from the 1960’s and 1970’s. MMA is a combination of several fighting sports in one such as boxing, kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, taekwondo, wrestling and judo.
It is a contact, combat sport practiced by many at a professional level. But the fantastic thing about the sport is that it is for anyone and everyone who wants to reach ultimate levels of mental, physical and emotional fitness. It’s open for all ages, it’s safe, (as long as you’re paying attention!) and surprisingly people don’t get too easily injured while practicing MMA. Is it for you? Find out and read on in Mixed Martial Arts: 8 Excellent Health & Lifestyle Benefits!
Through the ages Mixed Martial Arts have in fact been practiced all around the world. It was first ‘played’ in Ancient China and was called Leitai which was a mixture of martial arts, boxing and wrestling. Similar kinds of sport were practiced in Ancient Greece named Pankration which features the grappling and striking found in modern-day Ultimate Fighting Championship and other fighting promotions.
1. Improves Confidence
Mixed Martial Arts boosts confidence and self-esteem, which make an immense difference to your daily life.
The ability to defend yourself will also instil humility in you and in fact enable you take control in disarming a potentially threatening situation. It helps you to face the challenges of life, which can elate you from within and make you feel on top of the world. It helps you in the way you carry yourself around people and even public speaking!
2. Toughens You Physically
It builds your stamina, tones your muscles, and increases your agility. Along with the regular practice of MMA, you would also require a lifestyle of supportive physical habits.
3. Toughens You Mentally
It helps you to develop a ‘never say die’, ‘no quit’, ‘no excuses’ attitude and increases your resilience.
4. Increases Flexibility
MMA training improves flexibility. It helps prevent fractures, pulled muscles and reduced mobility as you age and while you’re younger, it improves flexibility so you can go through daily life that much more swiftly.
5. Improves Self-Discipline
Consistent practice of MMA leads to self-discipline. It’s a vital life skill and helps you achieve your goals, making a better impact at the workplace.
6. Team Practice
It helps you to create relationships with your fellow participants and coach or trainer. It’s a sport that teaches self-respect and mutual respect for others, which helps build and sustain a community of friends who become like an extended family.
7. Helps with Weight Loss
Along with a balanced diet, Mixed Martial Arts is a great way to reduce weight and burn calories relatively quickly.
8. Improves Strength and Power
MMA helps you to work out your core and all other muscle groups. Bodyweight exercises and weight training are indispensably helpful to building strength. With strength comes power. Imagine what you can do with that!