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Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The UFC or Ultimate Fighting Challenge almost did not survive. Because of the nature of the sport, there were many people who did not approve of the sport and deemed it to be too extreme. Of course, human nature is to fear what you don’t understand. Luckily, the UFC was able to survive and now continues to become more accepted by the general public. It is still to be accepted all across Canada, although that is also changing slowly. Every year, more and more organizations are popping up and giving opportunities for athletes to prove themselves against others. This sport truly is “a complete contest” as you cannot only be a good boxer. You must also learn how to defend from grappling attacks or else, get your punches neutralized, taken to the ground and be submitted. http://mmamississauga.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/love-of-mma/ for more on this.
I’m sure that if you’re a fan of mma, that you’ve had this discussion or conversation with someone you know at least once or twice. Is MMA really too dangerous and should it be legalized? If you’re an mma fan, the answer is obvious. It should be legalized, because it is a valid sport and it is in fact safer than boxing or other more popular fighting sports out there. Yes there are more dangerous weapons to use against your opponent in the ring/ octagon, but it is still safer than boxing. Here’s why: in boxing, you are continuously bombarded with punches to the head. There have been more deaths in boxing while there is not even a handful in the whole history of mma. Yes it has only been around for a short period of time, but the record still stands.
There's a lot to be said about where mma or mixed martial arts started from, who started it, and how it started. Personally, I believe it’s a collection of people, movements in the martial arts world and the demand for new ways to improve yourself physically. MMA has actually been around for centuries. It was once called ‘Pankration’. Pankration means “a complete contest”. At the time it involved boxing and wrestling. The only way to win was by making your opponent give up or by death. There were neither weight divisions nor time limits. Referees were armed with stout rods or switches to enforce the rules against biting and gouging. The contest itself continued uninterrupted until one of the combatants surrendered, suffered unconsciousness, or was killed.
I think one of the main contributors is none other than the master, Bruce Lee. He was the first martial artist to revolutionize the 'old ways’ of the martial arts world. He studied fencing footwork along with boxing, and combined his knowledge in Gung Fu to create his own art now known as Jeet Kune Do. Jeet Kune Do is where it all began for me. The main philosophy is to 'take what is useful for you, and dispose of the rest.'
If you wanna learn more about MMA in Mississauga, try it out for a week free, and get more insight into the mixed martial arts world, check this link out: http://www.kombatarts.com/Classes/MMA/index.html.