Posted on January 29 2018


Martial arts are used by many people today for the health benefits, getting fit or as a form of self-defense. But in fact, martial arts are and can be much more and there are some martial arts moves that are choreographed. These moves were used in both defensive and attacking maneuvers over the centuries and are still taught today.

These moves take years to perfect and take skill to apply correctly. Some of the deadliest moves in martial arts can be modified and used in competition, mostly a mixed competition. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a combat sport using different styles of martial arts where speed and power are used in different manners. This form of competition took hold around 1993 and was called the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). It consisted of martial artists using different styles and being pitted against one another with very limited rules. In the interests of safety, as the sport could gain wider public acceptance, there were some extra rules implemented in early 2000's by MMA competitions. MMA has grown considerably since then and although more regulated, MMA still maintains a no holds barred approach. Although seen as brutal by many, serious injuries are rare and other than a death caused by a pre-existing medical condition there has not been a fatality in the MMA competition to date.

Many of the martial arts moves are still in modified use in these competitions although some have been barred completely. Techniques, if that what they can be called, such as biting, eye-gouging, fish-hooking and small joint manipulation have been made illegal as well as strikes to the groin. There are a number of moves that can vary in legality depending on the rules for the particular competition.

In these competitions, there are a number of ways one can be judged the winner. Either by judge's decision at the end of the allotted time, by the fight doctor who may decide that the injuries will prevent the competitor from continuing and is no longer capable of defending himself, by knockout or by submission.

The martial arts moves that are taught today as a modified form to most students  and when taught in their original form, they are taught under the watchful eyes of the instructors and are only taught when the particular student is of a standard both physically and mentally to handle these potentially fatal moves. It is generally the modified form which is used in MMA competitions by martial artists with the right mental attitude and strength of character to apply these moves correctly in a manner that will attain victory for them without causing a fatal blow to their opponent.

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