Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is a full body combat sport combining a range of techniques and skill-sets.
Its rise in popularity has been meteoric over the last decade, in some part due to the success and marketing of the UFC, (Ultimate Fighting Championship) a global box office hit in recent years. The UFC is a culmination of global disciplines such as:
Kung – Fu, Judo, Greco Roman Wrestling, Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Brasilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Kwon Do, Kenjutsu, Sumo , Ninjutsu, Aikido, Sambo, American Kempo, Choi Kwang Do, Gatka, Kumdo, Kajukenbo, Shotokan Karate and Kendo, just to name a few!
MMA Melbourne has seen an explosion of gyms in recent years, and the trend looks set to continue with new Australian stars emerging on a regular basis and now heading to the US to train and become major international UFC stars, including other formats of combat sports.
While the sport continues to grow in popularity so does the intrigue and interest in its origins, which are plentiful.
It is assumed that the sport originated in Asia; however, this may not be the case, it is apparent that western culture did not pass the tradition down or preserve the tradition through generations to the same extent that Asian culture did, but there is a growing consensus that it may have originated in Ancient Greece.
Ancient Greek petroglyphs that date back to 3000BC show a form of mixed martial arts being performed. in 700BC, styles of wrestling and boxing became part of the Olympiad. In China, this did not appear until 200BC where it became used for competition and real combat.
Although we can't be sure of it's past, we can see where it's future lies.