All of us know the meaning of ‘Mixed Martial Arts’. It is an integration of more than one Martial Art. It is usually a composition of Striking and Grappling. A person who has practiced Striking will have to learn Grappling and vice-versa to make himself a complete warrior. That’s right! I used the word ‘warrior’ and not fighter. We are not any common fighters. But that’s another story. Now coming back to MMA, we have read many stories on how it started. But, I have my own theory of how the advent of MMA might have taken place.
In the early life of man, he had to fight for survival and there were no styles back then. Thus he had to fight in every way possible, be it striking or grappling. So, don’t you think MMA was present before we could even think of it as it was a necessity!
As time passed by, people started liking striking more and some of them liked grappling more and hence, they started practicing what they liked. Thus, there was an advent of Styles. Later on they started influencing others through their styles and the tradition followed and we know the rest. Many hundreds of years later, Style artists started to see flaw in their styles and had to learn other styles to fill in the gaping holes of their styles.
This how we got to know about the term MMA. We can easily notice that it is cyclical. So, after long time from now, we may see a day where everyone practices MMA and many years after that, we may see styles again. Of course, the time gap will be huge and we may not be alive to see this happen. We can consider ourselves lucky to be in this period of transition from styles to MMA.
Many may argue that Gene Lebell or Bruce Lee started MMA but, it is in my opinion that it is cyclical and continuous. Again, it is just my opinion and you are entitled to your’s. We can just speculate. It will be great if you could type in your opinions in the comment section for further discussion.