NY Times: America's Latest Martial Arts Craze

source: new york times
 

In the 1970s, Bruce Lee, left, inspired many Americans to enroll in traditional martial arts such as karate and kung fu. Yet nearly a decade prior, Mr. Lee had abandoned his traditional kung fu training and embraced an amalgam of fighting styles, taking whatever he found useful.

 

Americans seem to be catching up. Mixed martial arts, a sport that combines techniques from a host of fighting styles -- from Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Thai kickboxing -- has become the latest martial arts craze in the United States. At left, students training at Camp Undefeated, a mixed martial arts training center in Manhattan.

 

The definition of mixed martial arts varies. Experts say a legitimate school should teach several basic skills: how to strike, how to wrestle and how to fight on the ground.

 

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Tom O Bedlam site profile image  

10/9/09 2:49 AM by Tom O Bedlam

 Awesome article.  It's good to see MMA getting credit where it's due.  

TSGIGOR site profile image  

10/9/09 2:46 AM by TSGIGOR

 TTTT

Andrew Montanez site profile image  

10/9/09 1:16 AM by Andrew Montanez

 i just started teaching classes at camp undefeated tues/thurs 8pm-9 mma class. nice article

Burton site profile image  

10/8/09 6:20 PM by Burton

Very nice. What was the key element that guides both Bruce Lee's philosophy and MMA? Testing your skills under real pressure against a non-cooperative opponent. On a side note, in the movie photo from Enter The Dragon, that is Jackie Chan stunting for Bruce Lee.

Kirik site profile image  

10/8/09 11:20 AM by Kirik

  In the 1970s, Bruce Lee, left, inspired many Americans to enroll in traditional martial arts such as karate and kung fu. Yet nearly a decade prior, Mr. Lee had abandoned his traditional kung fu training and embraced an amalgam of fighting styles, taking whatever he found useful.   Americans seem to be catching up. Mixed martial arts, a sport that combines techniques from a host of fighting styles -- from Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Thai kickboxing -- has become the latest martial arts craze in the United States. At left, students training at Camp Undefeated, a mixed martial arts training center in Manhattan.   The definition of mixed martial arts varies. Experts say a legitimate school should teach several basic skills: how to strike, how to wrestle and how to fight on the ground.   see full article...        



 

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