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The History of MMA

The History of MMA

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport that combines various martial arts and combat sports, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, to allow for striking and grappling from standing or ground positions. MMA has a rich history dating back to ancient China and Greece, where mixed combat arts were used in various cultures. 5 Elements Martial Arts Calgary offers training in these fighting styles and more, with a focus on strength, conditioning, and mental preparedness. Join us now to learn the art of MMA and become a skilled fighter. 

The Evolution of Martial Arts 

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat discipline that incorporates all combat sports and martial arts, with a particular emphasis on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, as well as other martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, judo, and Olympic wrestling. MMA allows for striking and grappling from a standing position or from the ground. The term "Mixed Martial Arts" was first documented during the UFC 1 event.

Mixed martial arts has roots dating back to ancient China and Greece, with the usage of mixed combat arts in many cultures. In China, the Leitai combat form was created, which combined boxing, wrestling, and other Chinese martial arts. In ancient Greece, the sport of Pankration displayed grappling and striking similar to modern-day MMA.

In the early 20th century, multi-stylistic contests were held in Japan and the Four Asian Dragons countries (South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Meanwhile, Brazil saw the rise of Vale-Tudo, which became famous for its unrestricted fights, and the Gracie family gained popularity for their fighting style by promoting Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Today, MMA is synonymous with the UFC, which was founded in 1993 by businessman Art David and martial artist Rorion Gracie. The organization has taken over the martial arts culture around the world.

The Future of MMA: How 5 Elements Trains The Next Generation

Looking to explore the exciting world of martial arts? Look no further than 5 Elements Martial Arts in Calgary. With a deep understanding of the evolution of mixed martial arts, our experienced coaches help students blend various combat styles to create a unique and effective approach to fighting.

At 5 Elements Martial Arts, we believe in training the next generation of fighters with dedication and passion. Our training regimen focuses on building strength, conditioning, and mental preparedness, so our students can meet their goals and reach their full potential.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced fighter, our team of expert coaches will help you develop your skills and push you to new heights. With a focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing, as well as other martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Olympic wrestling, we offer a comprehensive and well-rounded training experience.

If you're ready to take the first step towards becoming a skilled and confident fighter, contact 5 Elements Martial Arts today to join us for a free class! Call us or fill out our online application form to learn more about our programs and start your martial arts journey now.


We recommend that everyone interested in joining 5 Elements takes advantage of our offer of a complimentary class. Contact our team to sign up for one that seems interesting to you, come see us, meet our instructors and our community of martial artists. If you enjoy participating, our staff can help you find the right membership level for you and get you signed up.

Just like every member of our community, every martial art is unique. Whether you’re looking to build upper body strength through our boxing class, improve flexibility and mindfulness through karate, or just hit a punching bag with friends in our cardio kickboxing class, we offer something for everybody. On top of that, all of our memberships cover each of our classes allowing you to explore all of the martial arts we offer, and allow you to cross-train in one place! Some people choose a favourite, others try a little bit of everything. Whatever you choose we are here to help you become the best martial artist you can be!

Starting something new can be intimidating for children and adults alike! That’s why we offer a complimentary trial class for all new members. The easiest way to get started is to check out our schedule, find a class that interests you and come in 15 minutes before the class is set to start to fill in a waiver then you are good to go! We recommend wearing loose-fitting exercise clothes and bringing a water bottle. After your class, our experienced staff will be able to set you up with a membership and any equipment you will need going forward!

Find Your Inner Ninja

5 Elements is Calgary’s premier martial arts training facility. With highly skilled instructors, multiple martial arts disciplines, and opportunities to train in groups or with personal instruction we have the tools you need to achieve your goals for fitness of the body, mind, and soul.

Contact our studio at 403-201-8825 today and begin your journey to unlock your Inner Ninja.

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