The huge increase in popularity of the UFC and mixed martial arts events has brought life back the the martial arts industry and a surge in new schools. Martial arts have always had a serious following and still held many tournaments and Olympic events for individual arts like TaeKwonDo, Judo, and Karate. But the glorious days of Bruce Lee and Hollywood ninja movies where certainly starting to begin to fade until the recent media blitz for MMA.
This is great business for the industry and the schools and instructors who enjoy training others. Some established schools and chains have stuck with their strict conforming to decades old techniques and styles, while some have incorporated new additional classes to incorporate new styles. For example national schools like Karate America who was a traditional Tae Kwon Do academy, have added Krav Maga, XMA and KFM to their schedules. Many fighters and fans complained that their weren’t any true mixed arts schools. That strong ground fighting schools were adding just enough stand up training to get their fighter into the UFC and vice versa. But of course a whole new breed of schools and training centers have now evolved specifically to train for mixed martial arts competitions.
These new dedicated MMA schools are equipped with new training equipment specifically for training for fighting in the legendary octagon. The best known MMA schools must be Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu schools and American Top Team. Schools like American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida bring everything a fighter needs to train under one roof. American Top Teams facilities boast 20,000 sq ft of space, with complete with an octagon of it’s own. Making it even better is that it combines a weight training area inside, which has always been a problem for some followers who had to choose between going to the gym OR to martial arts training.
One thing is for sure, MMA isn’t going anywhere soon. So for those of you looking for a shot at the big bucks or a title, at least getting great training is easier than it used to be.
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