Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been described as the fastest growing sport in the world. It is a full contact combat sport that utilizes both standing and ground grappling and striking techniques. MMA incorporates various martial arts, most commonly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, Judo, and Boxing. MMA athletes are some of the toughest competitors in any sport, known for their amazing conditioning, strength and unbelievable endurance that represents a true testimony to the heights the human body can attain physically and mentally.
Superior Training at NJMMAA
North Jersey Mixed Martial Arts is proud to offer some of the highest quality, genuine MMA training in New Jersey and the ONLY authentic MMA training in Morris County dedicated to developing competitive MMA athletes. Our program features an amateur and professional fight team, boasting some of the strongest up and coming local MMA talent in the state. The program brings together the skills acquired from our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing programs, cross-training those disciplines with Wrestling, Judo and various striking disciplines at an advanced, competitive level. The classes include drills and live sparring/training. The fight team actively and regularly competes in amateur and professional MMA, Kickboxing and Submission Grappling events. Simply put, our MMA program is dedicated to creating champions. Participation is based on skill level and is by invitation only.
The History of MMA and Authentic MMA Training in NJ
The roots of MMA can be traced back to the original Olympics in ancient Greece, where one of the earliest documented unarmed combat sports, Pankration, was practiced. Various forms of hybrid martial arts fighting has been reported globally throughout history. It was in the late 19th century that the modern version of the sport began solidifying when wrestlers representing different styles competed in tournament matches throughout Europe. Simultaneously in the US, boxers began fighting against Greco-Roman wrestlers. By the early 1900s, mixed style contests were occurring throughout Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. Bruce Lee later popularized the concept of mixed martial arts in the west, through his philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, which upholds that the “best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style, to be formless, to adopt an individual’s own style and not following the system of styles.” The Vale Tudo events in Brazil in the 1920s were also milestone events in the evolution of the sport.
Modern MMA’s true birth in the US occurred in the 1990s, when Brazil’s now legendary Gracie family, dominant forces in the Vale Tudo events earlier in the century, created the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the US. The purpose of the original UFC events was to showcase the supreme combat effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which the Gracie family developed in Brazil in the early 1900s. During the events, Royce Gracie was able to stunningly defeat the masters of every major martial art, including Karate, Judo, Boxing, and Tae Kwan Do, due to their lack of familiarity with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s powerful submission techniques. Royce went on to win UFC 1, 2 and 4, marking the beginning of the ascension of MMA in the mainstream sports world. Today, the UFC remains the largest and most respected MMA promotion company worldwide.
Since the 1990s, MMA has seen a consistently growing fanbase through Pay Per View and network TV events that now rival the viewership of previously dominant boxing and professional wrestling matches. In addition to the explosion of the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator are also respected promotion organizations offering top-level MMA fights that are being broadcast on network TV. Reality TV shows like the Ultimate Fighter have further helped popularize the sport, featuring MMA celebrity athletes like Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre, Jason Miller, Chuck Lidell, Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock and Matt Serra. Present day, in the wake of weekly MMA broadcasts on network TV outlets such as MTV, Spike the Fox network, men, women, and children are seeking to go beyond being just fans, into actually training the sport.