Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, fighting isn’t just for adults! Actually enrolling your little one in a MMA program is proven to be quite beneficial. Not only will it get them off the couch and involved in something fitness-related, but will also teach them many essential life skills!
Continue reading to learn some other benefits of enrolling your child in a MMA program.
A MMA program will teach your child confidence through goal achievement. Through each skill mastered, your child will achieve their set goal and will receive recognition for that. This will then increase your child’s self-esteem and the way they view themselves.
Encourages Physical Activity
We live in a digital age that makes it pretty hard to pull children away from tablets, phones, TVs, etc. By enrolling them in a MMA program that they enjoy, they’ll be much more likely to stick with it and be more active overall.
Because of the above mentioned digital age, we are also used to instant gratification. People, especially children, need to be taught how to achieve long term goals by working hard. By having skill sets and goals to strive for in a MMA program, children will learn the art of self-discipline.
A MMA program will teach your child how to protect themselves in a real life situation. This will not only give you more peace of mind as a parent, but it could also potentially save your child’s life one day.
Encourages Conflict Resolution
You may think Mixed Martial Arts promotes physical confrontation, but actually it’s the complete opposite. In fact, MMA and other combat sports promote a mind-body connection and peaceful approach to conflicts by addressing the heart of the issue at hand.
Increases Memory Retention and Listening Skills
The movements in a MMA program can be quite complicated and it usually takes time to remember and execute them correctly. Your child will build their memory and retention overtime by practicing different movements over and over again.
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Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, fighting is a full contact combat sport that pushes the body to the limits like no other workout! Whether you’re training to win a fight or training for fun, MMA can get you in the best shape of your life and has some other great benefits as well.
Continue reading to learn how MMA fighting is different from other workouts and what it can do for you!
Complete Body Workout
Most sports require one set of muscles to be used more than another, but your entire body is strengthened in MMA!
This is because MMA workouts incorporate practically every muscle of the body. Your legs become strong as you kick, your arms get toned by punching and your core strengthens as you grapple.
Burns Calories Quickly
No exercise machine can compare to the speed at which MMA burns calories! In just a single 45-minute striking or grappling class, you can burn up to 600 calories. For a comparison, it would take you 45 minutes (going at a steady pace) on a treadmill to burn just 400 calories.
Incorporates Different Types of Exercise
You probably know that there are three types of exercise; aerobic conditioning, anaerobic conditioning and metabolic conditioning. Aerobic conditioning (cardio) makes your heart and lungs work efficiently to get more blood circulating. Anaerobic conditioning (strength training) focuses on performing better during shorter, more explosive exercises. Finally, metabolic conditioning (HIIT) teaches your muscles to use the fuel your body gives it more efficiently. This type of exercise involves very short very intense activity.
Unlike a gym workout that focuses on one of three types of exercises, MMA workouts incorporate strength, aerobic and metabolic conditioning!
Teaches You Self-defense
MMA is one of the best combat sports for self-defense! Unlike boxing where you just learn how to strike while standing, MMA combines stand-up fighting, ground fighting and takedowns. Because of this, it can teach you how to defend yourself in a real-life situation.
Are you ready to get in the best shape of your life and learn some amazing skills along the way? Contact us today to learn more about our MMA program!
Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is the national combat sport and cultural martial art of Thailand. First developed hundreds of years ago, it is a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs”, as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
Continue reading to learn how the 8 limbs are utilized as weapons in this spectacular sport!
The Art of Eight Limbs
The fists are the most used weapons in Muay Thai, but body punching is used less in this practice than most other combat sports to avoid exposing the opponent’s head.
The technique and execution of punches are similar to punches in boxing, but the difference comes from the manner and form in which they are thrown- which is largely due to the footwork and guard form.
Punches used in Muay Thai include:
The use of elbows in Muay Thai is very unique. Many other martial arts and combat sports like Karate and Taekwondo may include elbow strikes, but none of them allow for elbows to be used as often as Muay Thai, especially in competition.
The elbow strike is considered to be the most dangerous form of attack in the sport. When executed correctly, elbows have the ability to cause severe cuts across the face or even end a fight altogether.
Elbow Strikes Used in Muay Thai:
Knees are also uncommonly utilized in the world of Muay Thai. They are one of the most lethal and important aspects of the sport as they have the potential to knock an opponent completely and utterly unconscious.
Knee Strikes Used in Muay Thai:
Many say that the shins and feet are the foundation of Muay Thai. The two most common kicks used are known as the thip (foot jab) and the te chiang (kicking upwards in the shape of a triangle cutting under the arm and ribs), or roundhouse kick. The Thai roundhouse kick uses a rotational movement of the entire body and has been widely adopted by practitioners of other combat sports.
Thai boxers are trained to always connect with the shin as the foot contains many fine bones and is much weaker. A fighter may end up hurting himself if he tries to strike with his foot or instep. Shins are trained by repeatedly striking firm objects, such as pads or heavy bags.
Kicks Used in Muay Thai:
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HIIT, also known as high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give 100% effort through fast, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
Still not convinced? Continue reading to learn the benefits of HIIT!
Benefits of HIIT
1. Improves Your Metabolism
Combining high intensity with interval training speeds your metabolic rate and gives you a metabolism boost for up to 48 hours after a complete HIIT routine. This means you’ll still be burning fat even after you’ve left the gym!
2. Fast Workouts
HIIT workouts can be done anywhere and most are 30 minutes or less!
3. No Equipment Necessary
No exercise equipment? No worries! HIIT workouts generally use only your body weight, since the focus is on getting your heart rate up and keeping it there.
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