Fighting Styles
JUDO, a modern Japanese martial art meaning “the gentle way,” is an amazing self-defense technique. The objective of judo is to either throw the opponent on his back, to pin the him to the ground, or to get him to submit. It is a widely practiced sport which has been included in the Olympics for over 40 years. It is a sport that not only trains your body, but disciplines your mind and gives you inner peace. If you want to have a strong, fit, and beautiful body, then judo is the sport for you. 

SAMBO, a defense technique that originated from the USSR, means “defense without weapons.” It waas originally used to train the Soviet Red Army to improve their combat. Sambo was intended to be a merger of the most effective martial arts techniques to produce the most efficient and productive self defense. Sambo, while very similar to judo, is different in that there is no choking and more ground work. 

KARATE, one of the most popular martial arts today. It concentrates on striking, with both legs and arms. It ranges from full contact to non-contact, whichever fits your style best. A karateka, as is called the karate practitioner, focuses on self-perfection and achieving a philosophical state. If you are looking to practice a more spiritual and less contact sport, then become a karateka. 

BOXING, a more aggressive sport, has one to three minute rounds in which two people with similar weights, fight with their fists. The object of the sport is to to knock out your opponent (KO), where the opponent is unable to get up from the ground for ten seconds. 

GRAPPLING is one of the fastest growing sports in today’s martial arts. Although there is stand-up grappling, the sport is mostly concentrated on ground work. The point of the sport is to have an advantage in your position or to get your opponent to submit. 

WRESTLING is an Olympic sport. There is the classic style wrestling and the free style wrestling. To win, one must get the most points by gaining and maintaining a better position.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows both striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.

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