MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. The term was coined by television critic Howard Rosenberg, during his review of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as the UFC. The term was used to refer to how fighters of many different martial art styles were competing under a unified rule set. The term was later adopted to refer to the sport as whole.
At one time, mixed martial arts fighters each practiced only one martial art. They “mixed” by competing against each other. However, fighters eventually realized that the way to be the most successful in the sport was to learn many different styles. They began cross training in multiple martial arts, and the “mixed” in mixed martial arts came to refer to this cross training. As the sport grew, fighters began to realize what techniques and styles were most effective. Those who specialized in only a single martial art became more and more rare. Eventually, “MMA” came to refer not just to a sport, but also to the fighting style used by that sport’s participants.
Through years of competition and trial and error, MMA fighters found that the most effective fighting arts for use in the cage were Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Not to say that other arts were less effective or ineffective; more that these arts served as the best practical base for cage fighters to build from. At Mushin Training Center, we teach each of these arts as its own separate program; however, we also have MMA classes to help our students understand how to combine each of these styles into a single unified system.
Our Mixed Martial Arts program is second to none. With only the most experienced instructors guiding our classes, our system facilitates every type of MMA fighter from the striker, to the ground and pound specialist, to the submission artist. The Mushin coaching staff have produced and worked with several UFC veterans. Our coaches’ knowledge is diverse and detailed enough to isolate the strengths and weaknesses of any fighter and to create an individualized, strategic program to carry that fighter to the next level in his or her training or career.