TALLAHASEES’S TRAIN. FIGHT. WIN. DESCRIBES THE BASICS OF MMA
If you’ve ever watched an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout on cable TV, then you’re probably familiar with the term “mixed martial arts (MMA).” If not, we’ll start here by telling you that professional MMA is one of the fastest-growing fighting sports in the world, with more than 300 million and growing fans worldwide. This popularity is believed to be largely responsible for the huge increase in the number of martial arts studios in the U.S., which grew from just over 9,000 in 2012 to over 50,000 today.
And Tallahassee-based Train. Fight. Win. co-owners Sky and Alissa Rudloe will tell you that you don’t have to fight to enjoy practicing MMA. In fact, many of their studio’s clients join specifically for the ancillary benefits MMA training provides, including physical conditioning and learning self-defense skills.
While many clients don’t initially plan to engage in the fighting component of MMA when they sign up for classes, some have so much fun with the training that they expand their practice to include competition.
MMA INCORPORATES MULTIPLE MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINES
As the name implies, mixed martial arts combine techniques from different disciplines to create a well-rounded fighting system. MMA emerged in part to answer the theoretical question of which martial art is best. The answer to this question remains in dispute, but competitors from all disciplines quickly recognized that being skilled in multiple arts gives one a distinct edge. Mixing martial arts also made the competition more challenging and exciting.
While no single martial art may be “the best,” melding them together into MMA has seemingly created a best. Of course, with so many different martial arts that can be incorporated into an MMA program, to some degree, “the best” remains in dispute. For the record, Train. Fight. Win. primarily includes the following martial arts disciplines in its program:
- Bang Muay Thai
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
THE BENEFITS OF MMA
As mentioned above, MMA training provides practitioners with benefits beyond learning to compete as an MMA fighter. These include:
- Increased strength, power, and speed
- Body toning
- Weight loss
- Boosted endurance
- Enhanced flexibility
- Better balance
- Expanded mental acuity and concentration
- Self-defense skills
Oh, and Sky and Allisa make a concerted effort to ensure their clients have fun while they train . . . and when they decide that they would like to try to compete.
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR MMA TRAINING?
For your first day of training at Train. Fight. Win., clients should bring their ID, comfortable workout clothing, a towel, athletic shoes, and water. Depending on your classes, you may need other equipment, some of which is available for a small rental fee at our studio. Other equipment that might be needed includes:
- Mouth guard
- Shin guards
- Groin protection
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL MMA TRAINING SESSION LOOK LIKE?
A typical MMA training session at Train. Fight. Win always begins with warm-up exercises appropriate for preparing for the specific class. Thus, warm-up exercises for a kickboxing class will differ from those for judo, wrestling, and boxing. The session will then move onto skill training and drills or strength building and conditioning, again appropriate for the class’s discipline. While skill training and drills are a primary focus of all classes, fitness program classes put more emphasis on strength building and conditioning.
Most classes follow skill training and drills or strength building and conditioning with sparring, with the intensity and level of contact dictated by participants’ skill levels. All sessions end with light exercises and stretching to help everyone cool down.
START YOUR MMA JOURNEY BY CONTACTING FIGHT. TRAIN. WIN. TODAY
We tailor MMA training at Train. Fight. Win for all fitness and skill levels, and our trainers moderate the program’s intensity accordingly. If you want to experience MMA’s health-boosting excitement, sign up for a class at Tallahassee-based Train. Fight. Win. by contacting us today at (850) 727-8421.