MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts and describes the kind of fighting in which all styles and moves are allowed.
In boxing, for example, you’re not allowed to throw the person down, and in jiu jitsu you’re not allowed to hit them. But when you mix the martial arts, you can do both.
So MMA allows hitting, kicking, throwing, grappling, and submissions all at once and you can win by submission or knockout.
Although you could argue that doing T’ai Chi, aikido and Tae Kwon Do all mixed together would be “mixed martial arts,” generally it’s considered a mix of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Boxing/Kickboxing/Muay Thai – which just so happen to be the styles we teach here…
Many MMA clubs train incredibly aggressively. They aim to knock each other out in every class, they have no consideration for beginners, and many times you will have to push yourself against your will to go back to a second class, trying to convince yourself that your fear is pointless and that “of course it’s like that”. In many ways they are like Fight Club.
At Cross Combat we bring our usual intelligent, technical, considerate and friendly approach to our MMA training – which means it’s not for everyone.
With us you will get skilled at the striking, and the wrestling, and the whole MMA game – and you’ll be kept safe while doing it. You’ll develop proper technique, proper skills and proper strategies and you’ll gradually become a *skilled* fighter – rather than a thug with experience.
Whether or not you want to compete in MMA is up to you, there are competitions available all over the place and fights are not hard to find. However, rather than letting you jump in the cage after your second class, at Cross Combat we prefer you to develop some actual skills before you have a go.
Come along and have a go. Beginners are always welcome and you’ll always be treated very nicely.