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Mixed Martial Arts

As coined by Rick Blume in 1995, mixed martial arts incorporates three basic skills: striking, grappling and wrestling, for the purpose of full-contact competitions with varying rules. It also can be referred to as no-holds-barred fighting, vale tudo (Portuguese: “anything goes”), ultimate fighting and cage fighting.

The goal for many MMA competitors is to develop a well-rounded skill set that can simultaneously showcase their primary strength and downplay the weakness of their lesser abilities. For example, Brazilian jiu-jitsu or Greco-Roman wrestling fighters tend to evade strikers long enough to take them down to the ground where they are most comfortable.

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  1. “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    Decades before the first UFC, “Judo” Gene LeBell used a mix of martial arts skills against boxer Milo Savage. In this exclusive interview from our archives, the legendary grappler reveals how skill variety can be the secret to success!
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  2. Marco Ruas: From the Streets of Brazil to Southern California

    Marco Ruas: From the Streets of Brazil to Southern California

    The Brazilian MMA pioneer who gained famed for being a well-rounded striker and grappler talks about his early days in the dojo and the reasons he created his own system, Ruas vale tudo.
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  3. MMA Moves: The 13 Traditional Martial Arts That Gave Rise to Them

    MMA Moves: The 13 Traditional Martial Arts That Gave Rise to Them

    MMA fighters practice techniques sourced from an eclectic array of martial arts from around the world. We’ve counted 13 styles so far. Is your traditional style one of them? Your style may have more in common with MMA than you think!
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  4. Nate Marquardt on How to Become an MMA Fighter, Part 2

    Nate Marquardt on How to Become an MMA Fighter, Part 2

    In Part 2 of this beginner’s guide to MMA, UFC veteran Nate Marquardt comments on the psychological side of the MMA game and techniques to focus on in training!
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  5. Nate Marquardt on How to Become an MMA Fighter, Part 1: Boxing Techniques, BJJ Techniques, MMA Diet and Conditioning

    Nate Marquardt on How to Become an MMA Fighter, Part 1: Boxing Techniques, BJJ Techniques, MMA Diet and Conditioning

    In Part 1 of this beginner’s guide to MMA, UFC veteran Nate Marquardt tells you what attributes you need to get started and the best ways to develop them!
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  6. Tim Kennedy on Traditional Martial Arts vs. Mixed Martial Arts and How to Get Started in MMA

    Tim Kennedy on Traditional Martial Arts vs. Mixed Martial Arts and How to Get Started in MMA

    MMA fighter Tim Kennedy, 32, now a staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard, got his martial start in middle school by signing up for karate lessons at the local civic center.

    At 12, he began Japanese jujitsu under Terry Kelly and Barry Smith and later earned his black belt
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  7. New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and
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  8. How Hurricane Irene Almost Scored a Submission on Black Belt’s Photo Shoot With Two MMA Champions

    How Hurricane Irene Almost Scored a Submission on Black Belt’s Photo Shoot With Two MMA Champions

    Leave it to a hurricane named Irene to nearly scuttle the first-ever joint photo shoot and interview with UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez—an event that was months in the making.

    Just 24 hours before we were scheduled to snap our first picture, lower Manhattan, where
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  9. Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Chael Sonnen isn’t your typical politician. For one, he actually answered our questions. But more important, the All-American wrestler from Oregon taught us some of the best tricks from his playbook.

    Despite his reputation as one of the UFC’s loudest stars, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about
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  10. Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    To help us learn more about traditional training in a modern world, our friend GK Zachary from AdultMartialArtist.com sat down with combat-hapkido founder John Pellegrini.

    Pellegrini’s been inducted in more than 20 martial arts halls of fame and has been on the cover of 17 self-defense magazines, including our own. Why?
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