Best Martial Arts Combinations for MMA

What Combination of Martial Arts is the Best for MMA?

What martial arts go well together for MMA?

When it comes to MMA, you should choose a grappling martial art, something with strikes and something with kicks. That might be Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai with some additional boxing lessons.

In this post, we go through different combinations of martial arts that work well together in MMA.

What martial arts go well together for MMA?

When it comes to choosing a fighting style for MMA, you have a lot of options.

You could start by just signing up for an MMA gym that teaches the basics of every aspect of fighting. That includes grappling, punching, and kicking.

If you want to specifically train just one aspect of fighting, here are some options you can choose from:

Grappling options for MMA

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Sambo
  • Jujutsu
  • Bokh (Mongolian wrestling)

Striking martial arts options for MMA

  • Boxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Taekwondo
  • Wing Chun
  • Kickboxing
  • Krav Maga
  • Karate

Martial arts with kicking for MMA

  • Muay Thai
  • Kickboxing
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Wushu

What is the best combination of martial arts for MMA?

When it comes to picking individual martial arts for MMA, it’s not only to look for efficient martial arts but also martial arts that go well together and work in MMA.

For example, Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a gi is not the best option for MMA.

Your opponent will rarely use gi or kimono, which you can use to do collar chokes, for example. Therefore, no-gi BJJ would be a better option, and probably one of the most efficient grappling options for MMA.

Krav Maga and Wing Chun also come with some moves and techniques that are forbidden in MMA. Therefore, you could not use them as a whole for MMA, but they might have powerful techniques that are usable.

Here is a post about whether Wing Chun is illegal in MMA or not.

Therefore, the best combination of martial arts could look something like this:

  • No-gi BJJ for grappling
  • Muay Thai for kicking and striking
  • Boxing for perfecting punches, defenses, and footwork

The nice thing about MMA is that there are no written rules about what martial arts you must practice.

You could focus your fighting style more on ground fighting and grappling, and try to take the fight to the ground every time.

Therefore, you could focus most of your time practicing ground fighting. It is important to learn to at least protect yourself, even if the fight does not go to the ground immediately.

Focusing too much on just one aspect of fighting can leave you vulnerable if your opponents start to know your fighting style.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, MMA which stands for Mixed Martial Arts means you can practice as many martial arts as possible.

Some martial arts are not recommended due to their illegal techniques for MMA, such as Krav Maga or Wing Chun which do have some. In these cases, you would not be able to use everything you have learned practicing them.

Choosing a martial art or a fighting style for every aspect of fighting (grappling, striking, and kicking) is important for MMA.

Read also: What is MMA? (Everything you need to know about MMA)

Hopefully, this was helpful, have a nice day.

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