Mixed martial arts combines striking (punches, kicks, elbows and knees) with grappling techniques (takedowns, submissions, escapes, etc). It is essentially “fighting” in sport form. Traditional fighting systems (whether combat sports or martial arts) generally take on specific “styles.” Boxing focuses on punching techniques, Muay Thai,Kickboxing and Karate focus on punching and kicking (and in some cases, knees and elbows), Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu and Judo focus on (overlapping but largely different) grappling techniques. MMA allows for all of these (and other) styles to be used in the same context. A fighter wins by either stopping their opponent by way of knockout, submission, fight stoppage, or decision.
MMA is largely popular due to its self defense applications. The ability to train to punch while avoiding a takedown, or taking someone down who is outstriking a person have their obvious appeal. Prior to the introduction of MMA to the US, many Americans were under the impression that single styles could dominate other styles repeatedly. MMA shed light on the fact that being a well-rounded fighter was a must for such competitions.
While it began in obscurity here in the US, mixed martial arts has become a mainstream sport and pastime. Until the Ultimate Fighting Championship premiered in 1993, MMA existed mostly as an underground sport, characterized as a brutal event that often left one fighter maimed or worse. Movie portrayals such as Bloodsport helped fuel this notion. And even as recently as the late 90’s, such competitions were often refereed to as “No Holds Barred.”
In 1993, the UFC made its debut here in the US. At the time, there were 4 UFC events per year. As of 2013/2014, there are about 40 such events each year. While the early UFC events lacked a rigid structure (no time limits, no prohibition of hair pulling or strikes to the groin area, etc) today’s UFC events are full of regulations and safeguards, similar to boxing. As such, it is far more accepted and allowed throughout the United States.
In staying true to the Jeet Kune Do philosophy, MMA is an integral part of IMB Academy. Much like JKD, MMA serves to include what works and exclude what doesn’t. Also like JKD, what works and doesn’t work in MMA will differ from person to person. Varying physiques, backgrounds and current abilities will result in a slightly different set of “tools that work” for different people.
As we teach Boxing, Muay Thai and grappling techniques, the MMA class allows us to put these all together in a single class. This allows for some synergy between the different classes. The training regime includes bag work, focus mitts, thai pad work, conditioning, grappling, various drills and sparring sessions.
Torrance is the city located in South Bay which is the southwestern region in Los-Angeles County, in California. This city features 1.5 miles of beaches situated on the Pacific Ocean. This area is known for moderate climates throughout the year with sea breezes, warm temperatures and low humidity. The rainfall on average is around 12.55 inches in a year.
Torrance many years ago was a portion of the “Tongva Native American homeland” for many centuries. In the year 1784, granting of land for the Rancho San-Pedro which was then the upper Las Californias Province for New Spain which is today known as Torrance was first issued to a man by the name of Juan Jose Dominguez by the Spanish Empire. In 1846, this area was divided by the Governor, Pío Pico whereby he granted Rancho de los Palos Verdes onto José Loreto as well as Juan Capistrano Sepulveda located in Alta California territory which was independent Mexico.
Many years ago the El Nido neighborhood was the home to a number of European immigrants that included Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Greek and German people. These people were then joined by Latino, Hispanic and Mexican-American immigrants who were employed by the early 20th century petroleum, agriculture and the manufacturing industries like the fish-canneries.
Torrance went onto survive the regional economic slowdown, deindustrialization and the national recessions that occurred from the 1970s onto the 2000s. The significant scale of Asian immigration that has occurred over the last few decades has resulted in Torrance becoming a multicultural and diverse city.
Torrance is recognized as a coastal-community which shares its geographical and climate features which are common with the Greater Los Angeles areas. The boundaries include the Redondo Beach Boulevard as well as cities of Gardena and Lawndale to the North, the Harbor Gateway and Western Avenue neighborhoods to the East, the Palos Verdes Hills that include cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Lomita and Rolling Hills Estates to the South and the city of Redondo Beach and the Pacific Ocean to the West.
The Madrona Marsh which a unique a rare urban wetland is situated on a nature preserve which was once planned for oil-production was saved from this development. This followed with restoration projects that enhanced the habitat for the native plants, wildlife and birds. The Nature Center offers information, activities and classes dedicated to school children and any other visitors.
Torrance features the Armed Forces Day Parade which was first held in the year 1960. This is to date the longest-running Military Parade that has ever been sponsored. This event is held each year on Armed Forced Day and is held over Torrance Boulevard. This parade offers school bands, community members that are prominent and military vehicles.