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The Benefits Of Mixed Martial Arts

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For those who do not know, I am a mixed martial arts fighter. Mixed martial arts fighting is “a sport allowing a wide range of fighting techniques that include striking, kicking, and grappling.” (www.merriam-webster.com) It is a compilation of forms of different martial arts. Two fighters will face each in the rings (known as the octagon due to its shape) for three to five five-minute rounds. I started taking martial arts classes when I was six years old. I wanted to be a mixed martial arts fighter all my life. I loved the thought of stepping into the octagon and pounding somebody senseless as a sport. My mother and father, at first, did not want me to take the Taekwondo classes because of this fact. It took a lot of begging to finally convince them to let me do it. They realized that it is very important for any child to learn some type of martial arts. It is essential to use for defense. Mixed martial arts are the thing that helped me cope with my rough childhood and mold me into who I am today. Over the past twenty years, the sport of MMA has revolutionized and has become very popular throughout the world. Despite this being said, other people very hesitant about accepting mixed martial arts. The sport of MMA is gradually becoming a safer sport. Even though it is considered a dangerous sport, other sports at proven to be more dangerous.
Martial arts classes and training consist of lessons and drills to improve strength, speed, cardio, footwork, and flexibility. The first martial art I ever learned was Taekwondo. Taekwondo strikes primarily include kicks, but also contain punches and chops. Learning Taekwondo increases speed, cardio, footwork and flexibility. Taekwondo is considered one of the more brutal mixed martial arts, it is rarely used in mixed martial arts fighting. My Taekwondo classes consisted of lessons to improve martial arts skills. These lessons included the learning of new strikes and sparring matches. Taekwondo strikes primarily include kicks, but also contain punches. Learning these kicks increases speed and flexibility. The sparring matches were very light; however, they still help with self-defense and concentration tremendously. Awards, such as stars placed on our uniforms, were awarded to those who were the best in the class when it came to behavior and performance. My experience in Taekwondo lasted three years. I received my black belt when I was nine years old. My brother got his red belt. My sister got her brown belt. My mother and father later pulled all three of us out of Taekwondo classes due to my brother and sister constantly complaining about not wanting to go to the classes. I really did not want stop going to the classes. Sadly for me, my father favored my brother and sister over me throughout my childhood. Therefore, nothing I said was going to change. I vowed that when I got a car, I was going to return to martial arts.
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