Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) originated as hand to hand combat originally known as Pankration, which was performed as sport in ancient Greece for the Olympics. The rules were limited, only restricting biting and eye gouging. Over the years, the sport has evolved to the modern-day MMA competitions made popular by cage fighting competitions like UFC. MMA is a full contact combat sport where 2 competitors fight in a cage or a ring using grappling, submissions and various types of striking. The goal is to either knockout their opponent or get them to submit via tap out. Fights can take place standing, in the clinch and can continue on the ground.
As an example, the UFC uses 3 five-minute rounds and 5 five-minute rounds for title fights, each with 1-minute rest periods in between. The typical blend of martial arts used in modern day UFC includes boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling. This combination provides the fighters with skills to handle strikes, takedowns and submission attempts from all ranges, whether outside striking range, intermediate range in the clinch and from the ground.
Versatility. This one word describes MMA and its benefits because of the multi-faceted training that combines quick explosive movements of boxing and Muay Thai with the grinding muscular fatigue of grappling. These skills need to be developed in multiple planes of motion, with high levels of cardiac, muscular and metabolic endurance. This method of training is effective for combat sport competition, fitness, and self-defense. These skills are also fun to practice and provide stress relief.
Coach Thor is a lifelong martial artist and ring fighter who has trained and competed in many styles of martial arts which he blends seamlessly. With years of experience competing in the ring and cage, as well as experience training individuals or groups in MMA, he brings unique talent to the Upper East Side of New York City. He also translates the skills from the ring to self-defense to fitness training with ease. When working with clients on drills, in sparring or in demonstrations, he modulates his speed and force to simulate real life situations in a safe manner that allows his clients to learn skills and techniques quickly and accurately.
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