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The importance of hips in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

In terms of importance for Jiu Jitsu proficiency, be it in practice or competition, the hips are by far the one area that has the greatest impact on performance in the sport. Whether being used in the most fundamental of positions to create space to escape, generate angles for attack or producing speed and power for more advanced sweeps and takedowns, the hips are responsible for bridging the gap between lower and upper body power generation and creating the leverage needed to apply the forces used in Jiu Jitsu techniques. Looking into their function, specifically within the art of Jiu Jitsu, studying the science behind the hips will help give us a better understanding as to how we can maximize their potential for creating energy efficient movements and improve our all around game on the mats.

Hips and Principles of Physics
Going back to science, we know that force is any action that causes a body to undergo a change in velocity, speed or direction, usually from a pushing or pulling force exerted on the body. In attempting sweeps and takedowns, we are applying force to accomplish this goal, by using leverage and technique, coupled with speed and power. Power is the rate that this force is applied and transferred to this body or object. In the case of Jiu Jitsu; we normally are referring to our opponent when we talk about the application of force on an object. When an object, or opponent, is then moved or repositioned such as the case of performing a takedown for example, we can say that work has been done on that object. The amount of work done on an object is in direct proportion to the amount of force that can be generated and applied to the object. The more force applied, the more work that can be accomplished.

In terms of Jiu Jitsu application, we can sweep, pass, defend and perform takedowns with greater speed and efficiency when we apply these principles of physics. The goal of any Jiu Jistu artist is to use the least amount of energy possible to create the greatest impact and movement of your opponent. As the hips are the body part responsible for coordinating our upper and lower bodies, as well as positioning our bodies to take advantage of angles and space, the impact that they have on generating force and power is profound. When the hips are used properly, we can maximize our potential strength and generate more power to ultimately use less energy performing the same amount of work as compared to someone trying to “muscle” their way through the same technique. When one uses just their arms to try and move an opponent or only their legs to complete a movement, they waste energy and have a much more difficult time applying their technique properly. Correct hip positioning will maximize efficiency of movement and conserve energy, time and power as well as decrease the chances of failure in attempted techniques. When this happens, and the hips are used properly, you will see effortless Jiu Jitsu, the kind of jiu jitsu where a person looks as if they are using no strength, yet easily manipulating their opponent.

Hips as an Interchangeable Term with Technique
The idea of being technically proficient in Jiu Jitsu really means that you can control your opponent with greater ease and with less output of energy than they use while successfully preventing them from applying their technique efficiently against you. The hips are a critical part in almost every position and situation in Jiu Jitsu in demonstrating technical proficiency. If the hips are used incorrectly a seasoned opponent will take advantage of the situation and force a series of mistakes to be made and change the momentum of a match. It’s the reason why a smaller person can dominate a much larger adversary. For example, take downs on an opponent will be made easier when you harness the power of leverage and strength from proper hip placement. When you try to force a take down with just your arms and back muscles, you not only give yourself a much tougher time physically, but you also give your opponent a chance to defend fairly easily by dropping their hips and neutralizing your attack practically before it even began. However, by lowering your hips below the opponents and driving them forward when you shoot for a takedown, you will extend the powerful muscles of your own legs and knock your opponent off balance for two points. This synchronization of the upper and lower bodies makes more efficient use of strength and generates greater power from a better position of leverage, making the technique easier to perform and thus more technically proficient.

Another example is when you have an opponent in side control and use the principles of hip control to establish a dominant position and prevent them from moving and escaping beneath you. By staying heavy with your hips on top of them, you use leverage, gravity and just a small amount of energy to create incredible pressure which effectively pins them to the mat. When done while simultaneously controlling your opponents hips, you prevent them from creating space to generate both the leverage and power which they need to escape. In both situations, you need to effectively drive into heir body with your hips and position them properly to expend less energy to control your opponent and achieve technical mastery. It’s the proper use of hips which make some people feel as if they weigh substantially heavier than they actually do.

Hips to Create and Maintain Space and Angles
Arguably the single most important solo drill in Jiu Jitsu would be the hip escape. I have never been to a Jiu Jitsu academy where this was not taught the first day to a new student of the art. The importance placed upon this movement is certainly not undeserved. Without proper hip movements in Jiu Jitsu, you would not be able to create the space that is needed in order to apply the most basic techniques, like escapes or sweeps. When in a dangerous position, we shrimp out with our hips to create a space to recover our guard. On the bottom, we hip escape to create leverage for moves like a scissor sweep or to catch an armbar. We align our hips in a manner that capitalizes on using our body’s strength more effectively against our opponents when their bodies are aligned in such a way that allows us to take advantage of them while they are at their weakest.
We try to get out hips under our opponents to facilitate lifting them and disrupting their base and balance to create the correct distance we need to reverse them. When we have someone in our guard, we can push off their hips to maintain space by keeping our feet planted on them so that we can move around and generate distance and angles more suitable for our attacks. When we are in someone’s guard, we control their hips preventing them from elevating into armbars or triangle submission attempts. It’s the positioning of the hips that allows us the space and leverage needed to apply our Jiu Jitsu techniques.
By preventing our opponents from controlling our hips, we enable ourselves the opportunity to move freely in almost any direction that we chose as well as recover our guard when caught by a faster stronger opponent. The more that our opponent begins to control us and eliminate our hip movement, the fewer options we have available to us to escape and transition to other positions. It is of paramount importance that we maintain the freedom to move our hips unrestricted in order to be effective in Jiu Jitsu.
Conversely, we would want to control our opponent’s hips as much as we can, as it is the key to eliminating their offensive and defensive capabilities. When we mount someone, we want to lookout for them bumping us off with their hips and bridging as these are the best chances an opponent has to escape from that position. In side control, when we dominate and control their hips, we can eliminate their ability to hip out and reposition their knees in between our bodies to replace their guard.
Controlling a person’s hips will even limit the range of motion they have in their shoulders and upper torso as their upper body is connected to their hips and requires some freedom of pelvic mobility in order for the upper body to move effectively. There is only so far a person can rotate at the core when their hips are locked flat on the mat. When we take someone’s back, we keep our opponents locked in tight against our bodies, eliminating space, making them unable to escape our attack by controlling their hips and legs with our hooks and preventing them from scooting out to limit our ability to move our hips freely. Everything we do in Jiu Jitsu requires some degree of hip functionality, placement and mobility, whether we realize it or not. The more aware we are of the hips importance in grappling, the more we can utilize it to improve our game.

Improving Hip strength and Flexibility
It should be no secret that the best fighters in the world, whether it be in wrestling, BJJ or any other grappling sport, have heavy hips and are able to create huge amounts of space and pressure quickly. They can turn the corners on their opponents during a match, taking their backs in an instant. They can sustain crushing pressure when in side control or the mounted position because of their proper use of their hips. Most beginning Jiu Jitsu students are usually in awe of this effective technical ability and are without an answer as to how these veterans of the sport are able to move in such a precise and devastating manner.

The one thing that does seem to be missing in the training of many Jiu Jitsu practitioners is exercises designed to increase hip flexibility and overall speed and strength. The hips are designed to move and rotate as a ball and socket joint in a circular manner in almost a three hundred and sixty degree range of motion. The more active we are and the more we practice stretching and strengthening our hips, the more mobility and power we will posses in them. When people ignore training these important joints, they allow their hip flexors and hamstrings to tighten up and shorten which will cause a decrease in their overall flexibility and range of motion in their hips, especially as they grow older.

When our hips loose flexibility, we may begin to over compensate other muscle groups such as the knees, legs and lower back and begin to slowly develop chronic injuries over time. This can easily be avoided by adding a few beneficial exercises to your training routine. There are many exercises that we do in the gym before class to loosen up and help with flexibility, but overall to achieve greater results and improvement in hip strength, one needs to supplement what is performed in class with a little extra work outside their normal training sessions.
To improve flexibility in the hips, a few extra stretches can do wonders for a Jiu Jitsu fighter. A simple bridging exercise will stretch out the hip flexors and improve your overall mobility.
1. Partial Hip Bridge. Start out by lying on your back, with your feet on the floor slightly apart with your knees bent, you raise your hips off the ground and upwards. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat for 3-4 sets. You should strive to feel a gentle stretch in your pelvic girdle. Eventually you can work up into a full bridge with your hands on the ground and a full arching of your back.
2. Cobra Stretch. Starting off by lying on your stomach, have your legs spread out away from your body behind you with the tops of your feet against the ground. Place your hands on the mat about shoulder width apart and push off the ground slowly to raise your upper body while keeping your hips driving against the ground. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds and repeat for 3-4 sets. As a variation, sitting back in base, as if you were in someone’s guard. Make sure that you position your feet so that you are sitting on them with the top of the foot against the floor underneath you. Place your hands on the mat with your back arched slightly upwards; drive your hips forward which should start to bring your abs and chest close to your thighs and knees. This will help open your hip flexors and increase your flexibility.
3. Lunging stretch. Step forward with one foot and bend at the knee. Stretch your other foot backwards balancing yourself on your toes. In this position, lower your hips to the ground and focus on the flexing of the pelvic joint. If added into your routine on a regular basis, you should start to feel and notice improvements in your hip mobility in a short amount of time.
4. S –Stretch. Sitting on the mat in almost a hurdler’s position, you will place your right leg in front of you and bend it at the knee, bringing your right foot back in towards your left hip. Your left leg will be stretched out behind you with your left foot curled behind your right side, making an s shape with your legs. You will lean your upper body forward, trying to touch your chest to the inner thigh and knee of your right leg. After holding for 20-30 seconds, you will turn towards your right foot and lean forward over your shin while pressing your chest down also 20-30 seconds. Finally you will turn towards your outside with your left elbow touching your right knee and try to lay your chest flat on the mat and hold this position for the same amount of time. If you want to adjust this drill for the benefit of speed and balance, switch legs without using your hands for balance as fast as you can for a set amount of time or repetitions.

To improve hip strength, there are many exercises that can benefit both the flexor and extensors as well as improve the power you can generate. By strengthening muscle groups above and below the hips, you will begin to strengthen the hips themselves.
1. Single leg step ups. These help increase the strength involved in extending the legs and hips and require the use of the hamstring and gluteus muscles. Find an elevated platform, such as a bench or plyometric steps and slowly step up onto it with 1 foot and raise the body slowly up onto the bench while maintaining controlled movements and balance. Slowly raising and lowering the body in this exercise will help increase the strengthening of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the hips. Do 3-4 sets of 10-15 repetitions for each leg.
2. Box jumps, squats and lunges also work very well for the purpose of strengthening the hip flexors and should be performed with a conscientious attention to the hips themselves, rather than the muscles of the legs to increase the benefits of strengthening this region. At the end of each repetition, extend the hips outwards, over exaggerating the “popping out” of the hips to ensure that they are getting a proper workout. This may require doing these as body weight exercises at first and paying close attention to how they feel during and after workouts to prevent straining or injuring them.
3. Stability ball exercises. To increase hip flexor strength, you will want to focus on the muscle groups of the abdominal region. Stability ball exercises are well suited for this purpose. Start by lying down face on top of the exercise ball. Walk your hands out in front of you into a pushup position with your feet resting on the ball into a plank position and hold the position for 30 seconds to a minute. By focusing on the pelvic muscles, you will increase the strength in your hip flexors. Perform 3-4 sets of this exercise.
4. Pull up bar hang and twist. While hanging from a pull up bar, raise your knees towards your chest and then twist your upper torso to the left and right with your knees bent at a ninety degree angle. Try to do this while keeping your upper torso as straight as possible, using your hips to generate the power needed to move your legs. When you get comfortable with this, try to do it with your legs completely extended outwards. This is a great exercise that will increase the strength of your hip flexors and improve your speed. The added benefit is that it will increase grip strength, lower back and abdominal muscles as well. Try to do 3-4 sets of 20 repetitions.
5. Triangles. Lying on your back with your hands palm down at your sides, lift your hips off the ground as high as you can and practice locking in triangles. By focusing on the lifting motion of the pelvis high off the ground, you will develop functional strength in the hips. When you’re hips are stronger and faster than your opponents, you will be able to beat them to certain positions and have an easier time dominating them in a match. As the most important area in our bodies for Jiu Jitsu, we should stress strength in our hips as a major priority in our training routines.

Conclusion
Essentially there is no position in Jiu Jitsu where you don’t use your hips. Hips are the key to success in Jiu Jitsu. Without mobility and strength in your hips, you will have difficulty trying to create the space, leverage and force needed to apply your techniques. Soon you will revert to using too much strength and energy in your arms and back and you will tire out quickly. Against a seasoned Jiu Jitsu fighter, this will be the beginning of the end for you. When you use strength, you get tired. When you get tired, you make mistakes. When you make mistakes, you get tapped out. Practice hip drills with a partner. If you are alone, there are tons of solo drills that will improve your game. Increase your strength and flexibility in the hips and focus on them as they are the most important piece of the Jiu Jitsu puzzle. When you take the time to recognize the tremendous role that the hips play overall in your game, and make an effort to improve this aspect of your Jiu Jitsu, you will begin to make huge gains on the mat as the hips truly are the centerpiece of the gentle art.

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“Jiu Jitsu Hygiene”

Jiu Jitsu is an art requiring you and your training partners to get up close and personal with each other every training session! Now due to such close body contact there should be a few ground rules in regards hygiene before you or your training partners ever step on the mat!

  1. Please ensure that you are clean and smell pleasant. It is extremely uncomfortable and gross to train with someone who reeks of bodily odours or hasn’t appeared to have showered in days. Aside from this it is unhygienic and you could contaminate and spread skin infections etc!
  2. Please ensure that your Gi (Kimono) or training gear is washed and if necessary disinfected before each session! As previously mentioned dirty training gear is disgusting and unpleasant for your training partners and you should refuse to train with anyone who does not wash their training gear after every class! Dirty training gear is a breeding ground for disease and infection and can be potentially dangerous to you and your training partners due to the risk of MSRA or Staph infections etc. So again please wash your Gi (Kimono), Belt, T-shirts/Rashies, shorts and protective equipment. And if you have training gear such as MMA gloves that can’t be washed then at least make sure to disinfect and properly air out your equipment so it does not stink or become dirty and disgusting.
  3. Please insure that your finger and toe nails are always clipped short. This is also important to help prevent scratches and cuts during training which could also become infected.
  4. If you have long hair please tie it up so that your training partners don get it in their faces and it is not pulled/ripped out and spread all over the mat etc. One of my female students Kelly informed me that she read somewhere on a women’s BJJ blog that tying your hair into one or two braids is most effective for women and it seems to have been working for her in class! Come to think of it when watching high level females compete in BJJ, Grappling and MMA this does appear to be the norm so I thought I would pass that bit of information on!
  5. Try and insure that you don’t have bad breath! Again it can just be really uncomfortable and embarrassing for you or your training partners to have to put up with!
  6. If at all possible train in a rash vest or even better a long sleeve rash vest! Rash vests wick away sweat from the surface and help prevent the spread of infection and obviously a long sleeve rashie offers you even more protection than a short sleeve one. Once a t-shirt becomes totally soaked it looses its value for preventing the transfer of skin diseases/infections.
  7. If you have any signs of a rash or skin irritation, please get it checked out immediately and don’t train until you have Doctor’s clearance to do so. Aside from it being quite disgusting again the risk of infection is very high especially due to the close body contact. Even after getting clearance make sure it is adequately taped up/covered/protected so it still does not make any direct contact with your training partners!
  8. Finally make sure you are wearing deodorant and cologne or at the very least smell pleasant! This last point should be self-explanatory!

So there we have it a basic overview of what is expected of you as student when you turn up to class to train! If you abide by these rules, turn up with a good attitude and are eager to learn you should be welcome anywhere you go!

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Common Jiu-Jitsu skin diseases

Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of Jiu-Jitsu. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the sport, and there have been many misconceptions about something that arguably is one of the greatest health concerns among athletes in the 21st century.
The issue is with the lack of education about skin infections, especially in preventing and treating them. The truth is that most types of skin infections in Jiu-Jitsu are extremely minor and only become a major health issue if they are not cared for properly.
The most common types of skin infections in wrestling will be discussed in this guide. They include: Ring worm, Herpes simplex, Impetigo, and Staph/MRSA. This guide will give you some general knowledge on these infections, and at the very least, will also help you understand and identify their signs and symptoms.
Disclaimer: This guide should not be used as a diagnosis, or in the place of a physician’s opinion. What you’ll read here is simply a gathering of commonly known, beneficial information that should be shared by wrestlers, parents, trainers, coaches, and anyone else involved in the wrestling community. If you or someone you know has some of the symptoms discussed in this guide and suspect an infection is present, talk to a coach first. He or she will help you through the process of diagnosing and treating any skin infection.

About Ringworm

Ringworm (Tinea corporis) is a type of fungal infection that can be contracted almost anywhere on the body. When contracted on the feet, this infection is known as “athlete’s foot.” On the groin area, it’s called “jock itch.” The name is misleading, because there is no actual “worm” involved. One of the most common types of skin infections, ringworm appears on the skin as a raised circle or ring. It is typically red or brown around the edges with scaly, peeling skin throughout.
Ringworm thrives in warm, moist areas and can be contracted from many sources, including but not limited to: Unclean locker rooms, clothing, showers, mats, and of course, skin-to-skin contact with infected individuals. Ringworm can also be found on some animals.
Symptoms:
Ringworm has a very distinctive appearance, and typically appears in the form of a ring-shaped, itchy rash that is slightly raised above the skin that surrounds it. Every case is different, and sometimes it will not appear in this shape and may not be irritating. Sometimes, reddish or brownish bumps appear in addition to scaly, peeling skin. It is also common to contract ringworm in difficult places to view, such as the scalp or underneath the fingernails.
Treatment:
Most cases of ringworm are extremely minor and can be treated with over-the-counter, topical medications that are commonly used for fungal infections. Make sure to follow the directions of any medication exactly. It may take several days to several weeks for the infection to be healed, depending on severity.
Often times, your doctor will be able to identify ringworm with a quick examination of your skin. If your infection is strong, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed in addition to prescription topical medications. After a few days of treatment, ringworm becomes non-contagious, although it is still apparent on the skin. It may take up to several weeks for ringworm to completely disappear.

About Herpes Simplex


Herpes simplex (Simplexvirus) is a viral infection that can be classified into two separate categories: Type I and II. Type I is the kind that is associated with the sport of wrestling, which is in the same category as cold sores and fever blisters. Type II is associated with genital herpes, and is virtually non-existent in Jiu-Jitsu. Both types of herpes can infect nearly any part of the body and are highly contagious.
Although there are several types of herpes that can be contracted in wrestling, Herpes gladiatorum is the most common, earning the name “Mat Herpes” or “Wrestler’s Herpes.” The herpes virus is most commonly spread through contact with the infected area on an individual, or any fluid or saliva that is produced from it. It is possible for the virus to be transmitted even in the absence of sores and other symptoms. Herpes can also be present on mats and other types of equipment. However, these sources are not as common.
Symptoms
A herpes rash begins with small clusters of red bumps and irritated skin. Fluid-filled blisters are characteristic of the herpes virus, and after a few days these blisters typically flatten out and become yellowish-brown scabs.
The herpes virus infects open cuts and sores, and it may take several days or weeks for herpes symptoms to become visible. Some individuals come down with flu-like symptoms just before an outbreak, experiencing fever, chills, swollen glands, headaches, etc. Identifying herpes is sometimes difficult if symptoms are not present. To correctly determine the type of herpes (if any) and course of action, your doctor will most likely take samples from the skin or blood to examine further.
Treatment
Herpes is one of the more serious types of skin infections. There are ways to treat it, but there is no actual cure for it. Once infected, the virus is always present in the body in an inactive state, known as “remission.” Herpes hides in cell bodies of nerves, but may become present at any time; this is known as an “outbreak.” Outbreaks occur when the immune system is weak – in times of intense stress or fatigue, or when skin damage or other illnesses occur. The symptoms during an outbreak are often less intense than the first time the virus is contracted.
Again, there is currently no cure for herpes simplex. However, there are many medications that can be prescribed to you by your doctor that may help prevent and reduce the symptoms of outbreaks, and thus reduce the chance of transmission to others. Depending on the opinion of the doctor, you will be urged not to participate in practice or competition until you have taken medication for about seven days and no new outbreaks have occurred.

About Impetigo:
Impetigo is a bacterial infection that can be found nearly anywhere on the body, and is caused by one of two types of bacteria: Streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph). Impetigo is usually caused by one of these types of bacteria entering the body through a cut or animal/insect bite, or any other type of open sore. However, a break in the skin is not always needed to contract an infection.
Impetigo typically begins as small clusters of red bumps that break open into a yellowish scab. This infection may be spread by skin-to-skin contact, or by using facilities and equipment (BJJ mats especially) where the bacterium is present. Impetigo is highly contagious and, if left untreated, could cause other very serious health problems.
Symptoms
When Impetigo appears on the skin, it typically starts as localized clusters of delicate, yellowish bumps that may increase in size and number. These clusters often cause no pain, but can be very itchy and irritating. When the blisters are popped, reddish sores are left on the skin, which will eventually crust over due to the fluid. Impetigo may cause flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, and also swollen glands.
Treatment
A physician can typically identify impetigo with a simple examination of the skin. Sometimes, extremely small samples of the skin are needed for a sure diagnosis.
Most cases of impetigo can be treated with some topical, non-prescription antibacterial medications. For more serious cases, doctors will usually prescribe a combination of topical and oral antibiotics. Typically after one or two days of treatment, the infection becomes non-contagious, with the sores disappearing in about a week of starting treatment. Washing with soap and water before medicating may help increase the effectiveness of the medication.

About Staph/MRSA

About Staph/MRSA
Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) is a group of bacteria that can cause several different infections, including impetigo. This bacterium is commonly found in the bodies of a small percentage of individuals without harm. Staph usually enters the body through open wounds and hair follicles, but can sometimes cause infection without a break in the skin. In severe cases, the infection may find its way into the bloodstream, causing other infections and health complications within the body.
Staph is almost always transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. However, unclean facilities and equipment are also known causes for an infection.
Symptoms
Staph can show up in several different forms, but mainly starts as a small sore or boil. Typically, staph invades hair follicles and open wounds, but there have been cases reported where no open cut or wound was present. The back of the neck, underarms, groin, and the beard area in men are the most common areas where staph can be found.
Tenderness, swelling, and redness around the infected area are common symptoms. Pus and drainage are also common. It can often spread quickly, and with this comes flu-like symptoms such as fever, sweats, and chills. If left untreated, staph may cause pneumonia, and blood or bone infections.
Treatment
Depending on your symptoms, your physician may need samples of blood, urine, or skin for a diagnosis.
Antibiotics are used to treat a staph infection. Depending on how early it is caught and how severe the case is, the type and strength of the drug(s) may vary. Typically, a combination of topical and oral antibiotics may be used. Abscesses may also need to be drained by a physician.
Staph can become life-threatening. In recent years, the overuse of some types of antibiotics has been the cause of mutated forms of the staph bacteria. Known as MRSA (Methicillian-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), this type of infection is resistant to some forms of antibiotics.
MRSA has been present in hospitals and health facilities for a number of years, but since has become a type of infection that is spread among the general community. MRSA is more difficult to treat than a typical staph infection, because there are fewer effective forms of antibiotics. Serious cases of MRSA are treated with intravenous antibiotics.
Prevention is Key
In any case, preventing a skin infection is much easier than treating one. If the right precautions are taken in monitoring one’s body and keeping it clean, infections shouldn’t be a cause for worry. Skin infections should never deter you or you from participating in the great sport of Jiu-Jitsu, especially if you have the right knowledge and preparation.

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Bruce Lee, Father Of Mixed Martial Arts MMA Jeet Kune Do

Western Mass BJJ is a big fan of how Bruce Lee affected martial arts in Springfield Ma.
Mixed martial arts or MMA as this popular fighting sport is commonly known is a combination of different martial arts combat styles including kickboxing, jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing and others.  The MMA fighters are basically using the most effective fighting techniques from different styles of martial arts in the ring.  Interestingly enough, there is a Bruce Lee connection to MMA.
So instead of training in just one discipline like wrestling or boxing, MMA fighters must train in a variety of techniques from different martial arts which make them better rounded fighters.  Although it may seem like a novel or revolutionary concept, this idea of using the best of different martial arts styles is not new.
In fact, the martial arts legend and action movie star Bruce Lee, is considered by many in the martial arts world to be the father of mixed martial arts.  He was the first to publicly advocate training in a variety of martial arts styles including western boxing and wrestling.
Bruce Lee moved away from being a traditional martial artist utilizing classical forms, stances and techniques.  He created his own style of martial arts called Jeet June Do which is pretty well his style of mixed martial arts.  He even compiled his ideas of mixed martial arts in his book called Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
This caused some controversy among some of the traditionalists in martial arts back in his time, especially before he became famous through his movies.  But as time went on, even after his death, his concepts became more accepted by modern martial artists around the world.  He has influenced countless numbers of martial artists to train with a variety of martial arts techniques.
History now suggests that Bruce Lee was way ahead of his time with his early ideas of mixed martial arts.  If he can only see what he has started now with the explosion of MMA as a popular sport.  He would be certainly be proud.  The mixed martial arts MMA world definitely owes a lot to Bruce Lee for having the ingenuity and courage to go against the traditionalists to develop the mixed martial arts concept so many years ago.
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MMA, Rugby & Polo Combine to Make “Ultimate Ball”

There have been some horrible MMA ideas in the past. Yamma Pit Fighting, Jared Shaw, Kimbo vs Houston Alexander, Bob Sapp vs….well anyone. The list goes on and on. But this may be the worst MMA-related idea I’ve ever seen. I say that with not an ounce of exxageration. I even had a hard time watching just a few seconds of this horrible idea known as, ‘Ultimate Ball’. I’m not sure what’s even happening here, but I guess it’s supposed to be a mix of polo and MMA?? Whatever it is, I dare you to try to sit thru this entire video. Good luck.

Rodolfo Vieira vs Andre Galvao, final absoluto 2012 Abu Dhabi Pro, courtesy of New England BJJ

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