The Art of Cage Fighting

Cage fighting is an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) sport that takes place in a cage or boxing ring between two opponents. There are several phases involved in cage fighting, including kicking, pinching, “the clinch”, stand-up grappling, as well as takedowns and ground grappling. One of the fighters becomes the winner when they are able to knock out their opponent or put them in a “submission hold”, which forces the opponent to give up by tapping or by referee decision.

The sport is considered to be violent and brutal, and was once banned from being televised as it was too bloody to watch on normal sports channels. However, more and more people are attracted to watching fighters pulverize each other in this extreme martial arts form, which has turned the sport into a multi-billion dollar industry. For some this flamboyant mix of wrestling and kick-boxing is the most exhilarating and exciting form of combat, while others find it to be a violent and brutal spectacle that they feel is demeaning to fighters and audiences alike.

It’s like the steroid version of those natural testosterone boosters that you see floating around. MMA is the beefed up little brother of WWE.

History of Cage Fighting

During the 1990’s cage fighting was invented when an organization in the US called Ultimate Fighting presented TV audiences with an organized version of a “no-holds barred” barroom brawl, reminiscent of the Wild West, and this form of caged combat sport soon became famous, with fighters commanding purses in excess of $500,000 per bout, with the UK not far behind. The sport involves the technical combination of four different combat sports:

Kick Boxing

Queensbury Rules Boxing

Greco-Roman Wrestling

Ju-Jitsu

Audiences are offered the prospect of witnessing the gory spectacle of two opponents appearing in a human version of “cock fighting”.
The British Medical Association has warned that anyone taking part in boxing and any form of close combat sports runs the risk of serious brain damage and have called for the banning of highly dangerous cage fighting events. Proponents of close combat sports argue that humans have always enjoyed watching men fighting other men and consider it to be a natural part of human nature, evident since Roman times when the gladiatorial spirit was admired and revered.

Is it as Safe as They Say?

Promoters maintain that every step is taken to minimize the chances of severe injury and as many safety measures as possible are implemented, but admit that there are inevitable risks associated with full combat sports where blood will be flowing and someone will get hurt. They propose that cage fighting is safer than boxing where many deaths occur due to repeated blows to the head. In cage fighting, even though the aim is to knock your opponent out, a fighter can win by submission, points or by a referee’s decision.

Cage Fighting Rules (see full rules here)

•The first rule is that anything goes, except for: biting, eye-gouging, groin attacks, hair pulling, joint manipulation or inserting a finger into any orifice.

•No striking is permitted for safety reasons to areas such as the spine, the back of the head, throat strikes (including grabbing the trachea), and downward striking using the elbow.

•Once on the ground, no pinching, clawing or twisting of the flesh is allowed, nor kicking, kicking at the kidney with the heel, stomping of the head or kneeing.

•Throwing an opponent is allowed except for: spiking an opponent into the canvass with his head or neck, throwing an opponent bodily out of the fenced area or boxing ring, holding onto the gloves or shorts of an opponent.

•Spitting, abusive language, and holding onto the fence or ropes is not allowed nor is attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded, during a break, or while under instruction by the referee.

For some people cage fighting offers a chance of fulfilling a dream, but for many their dreams have been crushed. Some people who take up cage fighting train to stay fit, but ultimately everyone wants to fight. Someone who walks in off the street wanting to do cage fighting has to go through all the prerequisites demanded by the sport as well as rigorous training, as there can be serious consequences if a person is not properly prepared. In 2010 alone more than 2.5 million Americans trained in cage fighting or fought in MMA.

MMA: Mixed Martial Arts as a Great Way to Stay in Shape

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Mixed martial arts is an activity the whole family can enjoy. It teaches children discipline, and how to work to become the best. It gives us adults a chance to participate in an active lifestyle. It’s a hobby that allows you to let go of aggression in an appropriate manner. With the decline of boxing, mixed martial arts is taking over. It’s much safer, and way more interesting then two guys wearing gloves throwing punches at each other.

What is the First Step?

The first step in getting started is to find a school. You can’t go with any old karate school when you’re set on doing mixed martial arts. You need to find one that has classes with a focus on this. Pay attention to the age group, and gender the classes are geared for. This will help you find the right one for you.

You’ll be able to find a mixed martial arts school pretty easily, as it’s always growing in popularity. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gym for you, you can use the internet as a source. Don’t worry about typing your zip code into Google, it already knows your area because of the IP address.

Competitive MMA

Some people become interested in doing mixed martial arts competitively. This might be the right option for you. It takes a lot of work, but these athletes can become quite wealthy with their ability to fight. The martial arts instructor at the school you choose will have all the information on how to fight competitively, and the qualifications you’ll need to fit. There’s a lot more money in the sport if you’re a man under thirty.

If you’re interested in getting the whole family involved with the activity, a lot of gyms will offer a group rate. You might pay full price for one member of the family, but they’ll probably cut you a small break on the other fees. This is a popular thing with gyms and karate schools, but not every gym offers these types of deals. You can call a gym near you and ask for this information.

How Do You Know If You Can Handle It?

Remember to watch mixed martial arts on television so you can really get an idea if this is the right activity for you. They’re less aggressive ways to stay in shape, and many children find martial arts to be tedious. It’s giving them important skills though. In this world. they’re a lot of bullies. Kids have a right, and need to be able to defend themselves. Have a daughter? I know you want her to be able to fight off anything.

I hope you enjoy this activity. So many other people have already found that it’s a great way to stay in shape. Why not get healthy and learn a new skill at the same time? It’s sort of like killing two birds with one stone. You should sign up now. This is a popular activity, so classes fill up fast. I know you’ll love it just as much as everyone else.