Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Mixed Martial Arts – MMA

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts, to be used in competitions.  The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground.  Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.  The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to various mixed style contests that took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900’s.


The Gracie family brought the combat sport of Vale Tudo, which had developed in Brazil in the 1920’s, to the United States in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  In due course, the more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFC’s were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today.  Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with minimal rules.  In that time, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was made famous through Royce Gracie’s victories against much larger and stronger opponents from other martial arts.

Become a well-rounded Mixed Martial Artist (MMA)

At McMahon’s students will learn how to put together all the different disciplines of self-defense into a complete system of punches, elbows, knees, kicks, clinching, takedowns, ground fighting, and submissions, for the ultimate combination of martial arts.

Interested in competing in MMA?

Fighting mixed martial arts is the biggest competitive challenge a Martial Artist can undertake.  At McMahon Training Center our head instructor Professor Finnie has competed in MMA as well as some of our students. However, we are not a fight club.  If your number one goal is to fight as soon as possible then there are other schools in Fort Collins that would be better for you.  If you want to become a martial artist and set the goal of reaching your Black Belt then our school is right for you.  The quote below sums up the philosophy of our school.


We don’t improve ourselves to fight, we fight in order to improve ourselves.

 – Jigoro Kano


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