Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete. The term may also be used, less correctly, to describe hybrid martial arts styles.

Typical session
Warm up stretch. Cardio circuits. Striking technic on ground and stood. Pad work boxing. Bag work. Ground fighting submissions ... we try to cover all areas working on identifying your weakness and maximising your strenghs.

At the end of the session you have the choice to sparr or just practice what you have learned in the class. We find this the best way to get better for new guys and experienced alike.

History
Modern mixed martial arts competition emerged in American popular culture in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Initially based on finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors of various arts were pitted against one another with minimal rules for safety.

In the following decade, MMA promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport.

The name mixed martial arts was coined by one of the developers of these rules, Jeff Blatnick, a former Greco-Roman wrestler and Olympic gold medalist. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with pay per view reach rivaling boxing and professional wrestling.

The movement that led to the creation of the UFC, and Pride was rooted in two interconnected subcultures. First were the vale tudo events in Brazil, followed by the Japanese shoot wrestling shows. Vale tudo began in the 1920s with the "Gracie challenge" issued by Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie and upheld later on by descendants of the Gracie family. In Japan in the 1970s, a series of mixed martial arts matches were hosted by Antonio Inoki, a former star of New Japan Pro Wrestling; this inspired the shoot-style movement in Japanese professional wrestling, which eventually led to the formation of the first mixed martial arts organizations, such as Shooto, which was formed in 1985.

Ultimate Martial Arts Academy Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lessons

monday

6.15 - 7.00 // BJJ Gi
7.00 - 7.30 // BJJ - Live Training
7.30 - 8.30 // Muay Thai - All Levels

tuesday

5.30 - 6.15 // Juniors Muay Thai (5-13yrs)
6.15 - 7.00 // Beginners Muay Thai
7.00 - 8.00 // Advanced Muay Thai
8.00 - 9.00 // Open Mat

wednesday

6.15 - 7.00 // BJJ Gi Fundamentals
7.00 - 7.45 // BJJ - All Levels
7.45 - 8.15 // BJJ - Live Training
8.15 - 9.00 // Open Mat

thursday

5.30 - 6.15 // Juniors Muay Thai (5-13yrs)
6.30 - 7.30 // Advanced Muay Thai
7.30 - 8.30 // Nogi BJJ class- All Levels

Friday

6.00 - 7.00 // Beginners Muay Thai - Basics
7.00 - 7.45 // BJJ Gi
7.45 - 8.00 // BJJ - Live Training

Saturday

10.30am - 11.15am // Kids MMA Class
11.15am - 12.00 pm // Adults Beginners BJJ fundamentals class
12.00pm - 1.00 pm // Open Mat

Private lessons on request and by appointment only.
Discounts for Unlimited Training Members.

Payment Options - Pay per session or pay monthly.

You can make use of our martial arts academy and fully equipped gym. This includes, air machines, free weights and sun beds. Times may vary. If you have any questions about us, or you'd like more information, Contact Sean by email or telephone (details below).

Sean also runs classes in both MMA and Muay Thai at the Gracie Barra Birmingham academy.