What is MMA?

MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. It is a hybrid sport incorporating techniques from many different martial arts. Today most MMA fighters train in boxing, karate. Muay Thai, Judo, jiu jitsu, and wrestling along with other disciplines. Initially, MMA was considered a no-holds-barred form of fighting that has shrugged off the “no rules” concept into one of the world’s fastest-growing spectator in the early 2000s. 

 

What are the Benefits of MMA?

Many people just assume that MMA is just training for UFC, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth of the matter is, MMA is what you make of it if you want to use MMA as a form of exercise. The student at JFA Academy may not be looking to be the next heavyweight champion of the UFC they may just be looking to learn martial arts, maybe they just want to learn self-defense, and to make them healthier. Some of the incredible benefits of MMA are:

  • Increased power: Using self-defense techniques with increased force.
  • Increased strength: With almost any martial art style practiced, you can expect an increase in strength throughout your whole body, not just the upper or lower body.
  • Increased flexibility/range of motion: Greater range of motion in all limbs, and learning the best range of motion to deliver the most effective techniques.
  • Better balance: Many techniques teach or require strong balance. This is achieved through repetition.
  • Increased stamina: Stamina comes with training and increased intensity as your training continues.
  • Weight loss: As with any high-intensity training and strength-building workout, some weight is going to fall off. As with many martial arts, training calories get burned fast.
  • Stress relief: Exercise is great for relieving stress. Adding the human connection gives MMA a leg up over your typical workout gym. Training and improving along with friends new and old typically feels good.
  • Improved breathing: Learning to control your breathing, remain calm in stressful positions and situations, and focus on the objective at hand.
  • Increased focus: With any martial art MMA requires your full attention. You learn to be focused at the moment in order to have a productive training session. After a period of time, this focus will spill over into other daily activities.

Is MMA Dangerous?

At JFA Academy we take all the safety precautions for all MMA classes. MMA is still a full-contact sport and has the potential for injuries just like any other full-contact sport like football or rugby. We allow our students to move at their own pace, without pressure. If a student does not wish to participate in sparring they are not required, nor are they ridiculed. 

How to Get Started in MMA?

For your first class at JFA Academy, all you need is yourself, and a pair of shorts. We will provide all the equipment needed for your first couple of classes. Eventually, you will need and want equipment of your own, boxing gloves, MMA gloves, mouthpiece,  headgear, shin pads, etc. We have you covered. We have contacts with MMA gear production companies and can help you get quality gear.

Call To Book Your Class!

Ready to get started in MMA? Whether you are ready to experience all of the amazing benefits of MMA you’re looking to build your self-esteem, schedule your free class by clicking here, and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook. We always have room for people looking to join the JFA family!