A guide to mixed martial arts in Albuquerque
By Steven Robert Allen
Personally, I'm more of a lover than a fighter, but even a lover can benefit from knowing a little something about the age-old arts of self-defense—especially since my own self-defense technique simply involves running really, really fast. Let's face it, in certain situations that just isn't going to cut it.
Back in the '90s, a popular pay-per-view television program called Ultimate Fighting began to rise in popularity. The concept was simple. Masters of various martial arts styles would pair off against masters in other styles. A boxer might fight a karate guy, for example, or a Sumo wrestler might take on a tae kwon do expert. It soon became apparent, however, that if a fighter knew more than one style he could whup even more ass. In this way, mixed martial arts—sometimes called "no holds barred" or ultimate fighting—was born.
The most typical mixed martial arts combination seems to emphasize lethal doses of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, muay thai kickboxing and good ol' fashioned wrestling, but an ability to apply the principles of other martial arts is always helpful. Since Albuquerque is one of the butt-whuppin' capitals of the universe, it's not all that surprising that some of the best mixed martial artists in the world live and train right here in the Duke City. If you really want to learn how to defend yourself, you might as well learn this mixed style of fighting. It's proven itself to be the most effective self-defense method around.
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