MMA Revolution Westchester
The MMA Revolution and What it Means for You
MMA struck western civilization like wildfire by focusing on TV and youtube. Now there are more MMA gyms than 7 / 11s.
Are you missing the main benefits of martial arts in daily life: Complete Self Defense & Conflict Resolution? Most important is to think before you act. Just because MMA is on TV doesn't mean it is the only or even best form of training.
But what is the purpose of MMA gyms and martial arts? Is it merely about a couple of dudes with tattoos going all out against each other in a cage? The first phase of this MMA revolution is introducing westerners. The second phase is about educating westerners on the meaning of the practice.
Bruce Lee first introduced martial arts to the west by explaining that it is not about fighting. Martial arts training is a way of life. There was a definitive Asian mystique.
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Helio Gracie, founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was a promotional genius, using the TV circuit to westernize martial arts similar to boxing and professional wrestling. Although he was far from the martial arts genius of the founder of Aikido or Judo or even Bruce Lee for that matter, he was solid enough as a martial arts practitioner to plan more than just a cultural revolution for personal enrichment. Educating westerners on the profound benefits to health, character building and creating a positive and peaceful society was his endgame.
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MMA Gyms can be Limited
MMA gyms, as a form of extreme exercise, may not be recommended as a lifelong pursuit. Traditional martial arts are better for both people past their athletic prime and children. In addition, they incorporate other practical elements such as defense against multiple attacks and weapons. Lastly, quality control for instruction is traditionally handled through lineage, which is largely missing in MMA gyms.
Our programs, Aikido and Tai Chi, do not have mainstream use in MMA competition because many techniques are illegal in competition. But they are excellent martial arts for health and life long exercise. Aikido is also one of the best choices for children. They also focus training on elements of self defense largely ignored in MMA gyms: defense against multiple attacks, armed attackers and multiple armed attackers (video). Our programs have a strong emphasis on mental discipline and building positive character. Training in MMA gyms, if absent these qualities, will likely be a short term stint for fun or entertainment, but with little meaning or lasting value in your life.
But There is Value
But one area of value from MMA gyms is that we should find the means to accept martial arts fully into western culture so they become part of the fabric of our society. In Asian culture, martial arts training engenders great respect among the general public. Only by educating westerners on the profound benefits of martial arts, as opposed to 2 dudes with tattoos going at it in a cage, can we hope to impact our culture in an equally positive way.
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Explore the Options
While we only offer classes in Aikido & Tai Chi with Kung Fu, consider: There is no best martial art...only a best martial art for you. Which martial art best fits your disposition?
MMA - Widely popularized through TV, MMA is simply a vehicle to test any martial art in a restricted combat mode. The question is whether to study many styles loosely or one to two styles well.
Aikido - The martial art of peace. Discover how compassion is the source of strength as you use the opponent's force against them.
Tai Chi for health and self defense as well. Health benefits come through training as self defense.
Kung Fu - The original striking martial art. Sophisticated and diverse with many styles and an emphasis on striking.
Karate - Kung Fu migrated through the Okinawan Islands to mainland Japan as Karate. Emphasis on striking and sparring.
Taekwondo - the migration continued to Korea where Karate fused with indigenous Korean arts and is known for high kicks.
Judo was developed from many ancient styles of Jujitsu and turned into a sport. Emphasis is on throwing and submission grappling.
Jiu Jitsu - The original empty hand martial art of Japan was formed by the Samurai for self defense when unarmed. Over 1,000 years breeds many traditions.