The world of mixed martial arts can be quite dangerous as is the case with any combat sport. To be taking it up is mighty brave in itself and you would naturally want to be geared up with all possible advantages to succeed. That begs the question, what is the best combination of martial arts for MMA? Let’s try and answer that for you.
Fighters in the world of MMA employ a range of different disciplines which makes up their fighting styles. That incorporation of various disciplines is in the art forms name itself, as MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts.
If you’re just beginning your MMA journey, you can chose 2 martial arts without worry and if you’re already trained in 1 martial art form and want to know which discipline would complement it best we’ve got you covered.
Consider your present discipline's combat approach, and then go with the polar opposite to gain any extra skills you might be lacking in.
Let’s assume your current martial art is Taekwondo, which is mostly a strike-based martial art. A grappling and/or ground-focused martial art, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, would be the perfect complement to it.
On the other hand, let’s say you've previously received training in a grappling-focused martial art like Judo. Then you should choose Muay Thai, a martial art that focuses on standing strike-combat.
In order to succeed in the world of MMA, you should always have a combination that allows you to win grapples, fight on the ground and fight standing up. The mark of a good MMA fighter is one who can perform all three in a contest. With that being said here is what we believe to be the best combination for MMA through which you’ll master all three:
While there are many other combinations one could learn, these two disciplines are in our opinion the best of the rest. Let’s study each one.
Muay Thai teaches you how to fight while standing up. The martial art resembles kickboxing and is frequently referred to as "Thai Boxing." It also teaches you how to clinch, which will help you obtain a firm grip on your opponent and keep them close.
Anderson Silva is widely recognized as one of the all-time great fighters. He fights mostly in Muay Thai, which is how he has gotten the majority of his knockouts. He also practiced BJJ, which he would utilize when the occasion called for it.
One of the most popular kinds of martial arts is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is primarily a grappling and ground-fighting art style. For anyone whose major concentration is stand-up and/or strike-combat martial arts, this is an excellent supplementary martial to study.
Nate Diaz is a well-known name in the MMA world. He notably defeated Connor McGregor, who appeared to be unbeatable at the time. When his Boxing talents aren't enough to frustrate his opponents, he turns to his BJJ training. We’ve already mentioned another master of BJJ in Anderson Silva above.
Another combination that works in similarity to Muay Thai & BJJ is Taekwondo which is a stand up and strike based discipline with Judo which is primarily focused on grappling and ground work.
So, to summarize, the best combination of martial arts for MMA is a mixture of grappling/ground work, fighting standing up and on the ground.
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