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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports.
In recent years, MMA became one of the fastest growing competitive sports worldwide. However, MMA is not new.
Over 6000 years ago the earliest form of MMA was invented in ancient China called Shuai jiao. It is an ancient style of Wrestling and Kung-Fu that incorporated grappling techniques that are the earliest ancient precursors of modern jujitsu and judo combined with kicking, punching, throwing, joint locks, finger locks, leg sweeps, leg locks and close range trapping techniques used by elite military.
During the ancient Olympic Games in Greece 648 BC unarmed combat was utilized in the sport of Prankation.
Bruce Lee realized that practicing a single style was not sufficient. Because certain fighting styles were too traditional and too limited, he began to mix styles and named this style Jeet Kune Do.
A common misconception regarding MMA is that everything is allowed, probably stemming from the early days of MMA as well as the other more unregulated sports in the world of martial arts. This is however false, MMA has strict safety rules.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest MMA promotion company in the world. The first UFC event was held in 1993 in Denver, Colorado.
Royce Gracie (Brazil) dominated the first years of the UFC and was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2 and UFC 4.
Chris Dolman, World Champion Sambo, stands at the cradle of RINGS HOLLAND, which in 1994 organized their first “Free Fight” event (the name "Free Fight" was not the right name to use, because there were rules). Next to Dolman some RINGS champions are Gilbert Yvel, Joop Kasteel, Rodney Glunder Faverus and Fedor Emelianenko.
During these freefight competitions the fighters had the choice to fight with bare hands or to wear boxing gloves. With bare hands it was not allowed to punch with the fist to the head. With boxing gloves it was allowed to punch the face, but wearing boxing gloves made the grappling very difficult. A solution came in 1995, when Ap Echteld organized the first Mixfight event in The Netherlands, with the use of MMA gloves.
In 1996 the International Mixfight Association (IMA) was founded by Ino Alberga and Apy Echteld.
In 2002 Edwin Baas, as representative of the IMA, took care for a revival of MMA in Curaçao. Baas was also one of the founders of CUMAFE (Curacao Martial Arts Federation), which was founded in 2003. With CUMAFE Baas organized various MMA activities. In the year summaries/reviews on this site you can find more about this.
IMA was placed under the World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA), that was founded in 2012 in Monaco and manages and develops mixed martial arts in the world, establishes rules and procedures governing MMA competitions. President is Vadim Finkelchtein and Honorary President is Fedor Emelianenko.




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