Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts:
- Learn to compete in the most challenging form of competition in the world
- Develop the ability to protect yourself against punches, kicks, takedowns, and submissions
- Becoming a ‘complete’ and well-rounded martial artist
- Develop a functional and practical level of fitness
- Enjoy training and competing in an activity that combines the best aspects of both team and individual sports
What is Mixed Martial Arts?
Mixed Martial Arts allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. MMA originally was promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real-life combat situations.
The original MMA competitors were matched against one another with very few rules. Fighters incorporated techniques from many martial arts styles while MMA event promoters formed additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote the mainstream acceptance of the sport.
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Mixed Martial Arts consists of three components:
- Striking (i.e. Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing)
- Grappling & Submission Holds (i.e. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No Gi Grappling)
- Takedowns (i.e. Wrestling, Judo, Sambo)
Ever since the Ultimate Fighting Championship exploded onto television, there has been an breakout of “Mixed Martial Arts” (MMA) gyms popping up all over the USA, and especially in Maryland. Some of these programs are run by qualified instructors in a professional environment. Others, however are not. Crazy 88 is one of the few Mixed Martial Arts programs in the United States that offers both a beginner-safe family environment for students who just want to learn and get in shape, and a professional training environment for experienced students and professional fighters.
Just from the time I’ve been here I’ve seen people who have never trained before, and they really fit in. I see from other people that have been here and instructors that everybody is very welcome. It’s very warm. It’s not an awkward place to be. I think anyone that’s never trained before would be a great fit. I think guys who are super athletic who have trained before would definitely benefit here as well because I think the instruction is just top notch.
– Tim, Police Officer
WANTING TO LEARN TO THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO DEFEND YOURSELF DOESN’T MEAN YOU WILL BE PRESSURED TO FIGHT
Our Mixed Martial Arts program is structured for everyone – from athletes to couch potatoes, experienced martial artists to total newbies. We are proud of the fact that we develop our fighters from scratch. It is not uncommon for students to come in as inexperienced novices and a few years later begin competing and winning in professional fights all across the Globe.
- You will learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling from the only program to produce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No Gi World Champions
- You will learn Muay Thai Kickboxing from striking coaches who spend one month every year living and fighting in Thailand, gaining real world fighting experience and hands-on experience
- Best of all, you will learn from and develop with a team of instructors
There is no guesswork about what it takes to be successful in MMA. We put you on the path to success whether you have dreams to be the next UFC champion or simply desire to learn the real MMA fighting skills found in the tournaments themselves.
For a career I want to be a professional MMA fighter, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m good at fighting, I love the competition in the sport, so that’s what I want to do. Everyone here is very level-headed and definitely some of the nicest people I’ve met. It has been completely awesome, it’s been really safe, all the instructors know what they’re doing, and it’s in a controlled environment.
– Josh, Student
OUR FIGHTERS ARE ALL HOME GROWN WITH CARE IN OUR OWN GYM USING 100% ORGANIC ALL NATURAL TRAINING METHODS
The idea of getting into a ring and competing does not appeal to most people who come to us to learn MMA. Only about 10% of our students compete, yet 100% of our students are learning the real world skills of the fighting trade. As a beginner, you’ll go through training phases that are appropriate to your skill and fitness level. You’ll learn the fundamentals of striking, grappling, and takedowns – and then put them together in our higher-level MMA classes.
For those individuals interested in pro and competition level training, we have professional-level sessions which are of higher intensity. Regardless, no student at Crazy 88 is ever made to compete if they are not comfortable doing so. You will receive the same professional training that successful MMA fighters receive, even if you’re not interested in competition.
I’ve been other places as well, but if some coaches aren’t very diligent at teaching, and kind of a little bit lazy, they don’t tell you small details, and they just tell you ‘Oh, it’s ok, you can just do it like that, it’ll work,’ which is not very true, if you’re really considering about competing, or even in real-life situation, because all those little mistakes build up. Every single time, whether it was coaches, or whether it was the teammates I was training with they all answered me really well. Its a really, really good environment and everybody’s been nice, but at the same time training very seriously.
– Byung Ju, Student