You don't have to be a fighter to train like one, at Alchemy MMA in Setauket & Smithtown you can get involved in one of the fastest growing sports available. Mixed Martial Arts combines the best aspects of mulitple fighting disciplines to create one truly devastating fighting style.
The benefits of training in just one martial art can have outstanding effects physically and mentally on a person. However, training in mixed martial arts gives you the chance to experience all of the best parts of many different martial arts. As we have discussed, there are four ways of fighting; kicking, hand striking, takedowns and grappling on the ground. Many martial arts are limited in the areas that they cover. Wrestlers only deal with takedowns, boxers only strike and Tae Kwan Do fighters predominantly kick. They are all truly effective at what they are designed to do but by combining them together we are able to fill in the holes and train overall well rounded fighters.
Alchemy Martial arts has incorporated different principles and techniques from various martial arts to form one true mixed martial art. Our goal was to create a fighting style that men, women and children of all sizes and ages can use to defend themselves in any scenario. These are a few of the styles we have taken elements from:
Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA as it has been popularly named, dates back far beyond the debut of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 1993. Fighters have been testing their skills against one another since the beginning of time. The most notable and first truly recorded MMA style event dates back to ancient Greece. Here fighters competed in competition’s called Pankration, a sport that joined the Olympics of ancient Greece in 648 B.C. The term Pankration comes from the Greek words “Pan” and “Kratos” roughly translating to “all powers.” After that point, martial arts began spreading to many countries throughout Asia. Famous martial arts styles such as Kung Fu, Karate, Judo and Tae Kwan Do began to develop as the need for effective self-defense styles became more and more necessary. From this point on, hundreds of matches between various martial arts styles began growing in popularity: competitions to see whose art was truly superior. Masters throughout history would challenge each other to defend the honor of their particular fighting style. In 1887 Heavyweight Boxing Champion, John L. Sullivan fought Greco-Roman wrestling Champion, William Muldoon; this fight helped solidify the idea that even a great stand up fighter has much to fear from a fighter with excellent wrestling or grappling skills, proving that each style had its own benefits and disadvantages. Competitions like this continued until the next major event in MMA history: a Kodokan Judo Master by the name of Mitsuyo Maeda, taught the art of Judo to Carlos Gracie in 1914. This was very unusual as the Japanese usually kept their arts of Judo and Jujutsu hidden and private. The breach of protocol allowed Carlos Gracie to emerge as the father of the now internationally recognized, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Carlos Gracie passed this knowledge on to his youngest brother Helio Gracie, the smallest of the Gracie brothers, who then refined the art into the BJJ, style we know today. Due to his smaller frame and body size, Helio Gracie developed BJJ to use body weight and leverage rather than brute force, to submit or move your opponent. The resulting fighting style allowed fighters of all sizes to compete effectively with a variety of techniques; and led to a string of Vale Tudo fights in the early 1920’s where fighting styles such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and even Capoeira were present.
All of these events led up to the first UFC on November 12, 1993. The original event was a one day tournament that pitted eight fighters of different martial arts origins against each other. Among the founders of the UFC was Helio Gracie’s son, Rorion Gracie; his goal was to bring Gracie jiu jitsu (BJJ) to America and prove its superiority in fighting. The roster was as follows: Royce Gracie (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Zane Frazier (Karate) Ken Shamrock (Shoot Fighting) Telia Tuli (Sumo) Gerard Gordeau (Savate) Kevin Rosier (Kickboxing) Patrick Smith (Kickboxing) Art Jimmerson (Boxing) These matches had very few limitations, and were ended by either submission or knockout. There were no weight classes or time limits. The idea was simple: two men enter one man leaves. In a landslide victory, Royce Gracie won three matches by submission in under five minutes. From this point on, UFC pay per views became a regular event. Various martial arts competed in realistic bare knuckle fighting competitions where head-butts, groin shots and even hair pulling were all legal. Due to the lack of structure or rules, Senator John McCain pushed to have the fights banned. During this time, the PRIDE Championships gained a huge following in Japan, allowing many UFC fighters the opportunity to continue fighting overseas. This continued until 2001 when Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta bought the UFC under the newly formed parent company Zuffa. After appointing Dana White as president and instilling some new rules into the fights UFC began to re-emerge and it was more popular than ever. In 2005, UFC launched their reality show “The Ultimate Fighter”, which allowed potential new fighters to enter the scene and train under great fighters such as Randy Couture or Chuck Lidell. The fighters would all live in a house together and have various competitions as the season went on. The winner would be awarded a six figure contract in the UFC. Many fighters have rose to greatness this way such as Forest Griffin after defeating Stephan Bonnar in season one of “The Ultimate Fighter”. From this point on MMA and the UFC became unstoppable forces. According to Joe Rogan, martial arts as a whole, has grown more since the inception of the UFC then the entire history of martial arts put together. It is one of the most-watched sports in the country and is still growing, with no signs of slowing down.