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The roots of full contact Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions can be traced back to the ancient Olympics and the sport of Pankration, which featured many of the same methods used in the modern day sport, such as striking and wresting, and throughout the various mixed style contests which took place in Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900’s.

However it is with the introduction of the combat sport of Vale Tudo, developed in Brazil from the 1920’s, to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 which lead to the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest MMA promotion company worldwide, and henceforth MMA’s increasing popularity and mainstream acceptance.

As a general rule Mixed Martial Arts tournaments involve striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, with fighters employing techniques from boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, judo as well as other styles.

Indeed, in MMA it is rare to see any fighter who is not schooled in both striking and grappling arts reach the highest levels of competition.   Often a fighter will train with multiple coaches of different styles or an organized fight team to improve the various aspects of their game.

Training will often be split into different sections to reflect the three main parts of an MMA fight, namely: Stand-up, Clinch, & Ground.

For Stand-up various forms of Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Karate are trained to improve footwork, elbowing, kicking, kneeing and punching.

For Clinch, Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo and Judo are trained to improve clinching, takedowns and throws, while Muay Thai is trained to improve the striking aspect of the clinch.

And for Ground, submission wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, shoot wrestling, catch wrestling, Judo and Sambo are trained to improve ground control and positioning, as well as to achieve submission holds, and to defend against them.

MMA Resources:
Fight UK MMA
Discover UFC
MMA Core

MMA Books:

The Best of Mixed Martial Arts: The Extreme Handbook on Techniques, Conditioning, and the Smash-Mouth World of MMA
MMA Gets Real – A Street Fighters Guide
Fedor: The Fighting System of the World’s Undisputed King of Mma
MMA Training Manual: Proven Moves, Tips, & Techinques from the World’s Best Fighters, Volume II: 2
MMA Encyclopedia, The
Let’s Get it On!: The Making of MMA & Its Ultimate Referee
Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting
Ultimate Warrior Workouts (Training for Warriors): Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed: Mastering the Most Effective Moves for Victory
Training for Warriors: The Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout
MMA Sport Psychology Manual
Bloody Revolution: A Journey into UK MMA
Mixed Martial Arts For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))
The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game
Xtreme Training: The Fighter’s Ultimate Fitness Manual
Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-face Combat
Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory
The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: The Science of Striking


UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fight Moments [DVD]
UFC Ultimate Collection: 100 Greatest Fight Moments, Heavyweights & Knockouts 8 [DVD]UFC: Best Of 2009 [DVD]
UFC: Best Of 2010 [DVD]
Female Mma Revolution -These Girls Can Fight [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Basement Tape Series for MMA Conditioning Grappling Specific Conditioning Partner Drills [DVD]
Mma Conditioning – Strength and Hypertrophy [DVD]

MMA Clothing & Equipment:

MMA Fightwear
Turner MAX MMA Shorts for MMA fighting Kick Boxing Training Grappling and Cage Fight White Black
Authentic RDX Leather Gel Tech MMA Grappling Gloves Fight Boxing UFC Punch Bag G
Authentic RDX Leather Gel Tech MMA UFC Grappling Gloves Fight Boxing Punch Bag P
RDX 13PC Professional Boxing Set Punch Bag 4FT/5FT,Gloves,Bracket MMA AB
RDX Compression Flex Shorts & Gel Groin Cup Guard MMA-Black
Hayabusa Mizuchi MMA Rash Guard Long Sleeve Black
Hayabusa Mizuchi MMA Rash Guard Short Sleeve White
Venum “Giant” T-Shirt (Black or White)
Tapout Mens MMA Black Darkside T Shirt
RDX Flex Gel Fight Shorts UFC MMA Cage Grappling
Venum Sleeveless White Giant mma Tank Top
Venum Spider MMA Fight Shorts (3 New Colours!)RDX Gel Flex Fight Shorts UFC MMA Cage NHB Grappling
Venum UK Flag Series MMA Fight Shorts
Aut RDX Ankle Foot Support Anklet Pad MMA Brace Guard
RDX Shin instep foot pad MMA leg guard UFC
RDX Groin Guard Protector MMA Cup Boxing Abdo Gloves

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Bad Boy Strike Mike £349.99
MMA’s equivalent of the Mook Jong, Bad Boy brings you the ultimate training partner in “Strike Mike”.

Excellent for general fitness workouts and combinations training drills.  Great for punching, kicking and striking, developing skills and accuracy.   The base can either be filled with sand or water.   Ideal for home use or in the gym.