Wrestling For Dummies
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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting styles can be a mixture of any combative discipline, but some of the prominent types of MMA fighting styles that have helped make it what it is today include:

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The guard position and many of the various submission holds, including joint locks, chokes, and compression locks, come from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • Collegiate wrestling. Clinches and takedowns entered the MMA repertoire thanks to collegiate wrestling.

  • Judo. The hip toss and other throws are judo’s gift to MMA.

  • Muay Thai. Kicks, as well as knee-and-elbow moves, in MMA are attributed to Muay Thai. Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of Eight Limbs," as the hands, shins, elbows and knees are all used extensively.

  • Submission wrestling. Position flows and submission combinations, such as the head and arm hold and various mounts, come from submission wrestling.

  • Western boxing. The strikes used in MMA (jab, uppercut, cross, and hook) may look familiar if you’ve ever watched a traditional western boxing match.

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Henry Cejudo won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, becoming the youngest American to ever win a gold medal in wrestling at the age of 21. Cejudo works extensively with USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling in the USA. Philip J. Willenbrock, EdD, is athletic director at the Evergreen Campus, a high school within Highline Public Schools near Seattle, Washington. He has served as a head football coach at both the high school and college levels, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University. He also acts as a consultant, providing leadership curriculum, team leadership assessments, and team leader seminars.

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