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MMA classes in Barcelona

OUR CLASSES MMA BENEFITS

At El Club de la lucha Barcelona we offer mixed martial arts classes, also known as MMA, in our gym in Barcelona. We offer classes for both genders, male and female, as well as for children.

In our gym we offer classes in the different disciplines that make up mixed martial arts, such as: wrestling, grappling, muay thai and boxing. In addition, we also offer our own MMA classes where we combine the disciplines mentioned above.

We invite you to try a free mma class so you can see our facilities in our gym in Barcelona and meet our instructors. After the test class we will be happy to assist you and resolve any questions you may have.

We have spacious and perfectly equipped facilities for the practice of mixed martial arts and we have a wide variety of schedules so that you can practice the different disciplines that make up MMA when it best suits your needs.

OUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES IN BARCELONA

Before going on to describe what a typical mixed martial arts class looks like, we want to remember that MMA is a combination of striking, clinch and ground fighting techniques. That is why we recommend to those students who want to evolve in the world of mixed martial arts to plan a class program that includes all the disciplines that we teach at CLB:

  • Muay thai, boxing and kick boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Brazilian jiu jitsu and grappling
  • Crossfight

With the regular practice of these disciplines it will be possible to take much better advantage of the mixed martial arts classes, since in the MMA classes it is where we will teach how to combine these fighting styles and how to carry out the transitions from one style to another.

Our MMA classes are divided into three large groups:

Warming up

The warm-up consists of a series of movements to begin to warm up and adjust the heart rate, while stretching and relaxing the muscles.

Warm-up exercises can vary between classes, but the most common are the following:

  • Run or rope
  • Shadow and fencing
  • Dynamic stretches for major joints
  • Static stretches for other areas of the body such as shoulders, neck, wrists, etc.
  • Light muscle work such as jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, or burpees.

Technique

The central and main part of the class is dedicated to learning new techniques.

The instructor will show a technique or a combination of various techniques, which can include any of the three major areas in which the matches take place, that is, hitting, clinch and ground. Thus, it can be a combination of blows, feints and tricks, knockdown techniques, holds, finishes, ground & pound, etc.

During this part of the class, students are paired with a partner of similar ability and physical build and work together to help each other perfect the technique they are practicing. In turn, the instructor supervises each of the pairs to carry out the necessary corrections or observations, or to bring the group back together if they want to comment on any details or show any useful advice.

When you want to practice the techniques with more intensity, complementary material is used such as pads, which allow you to carry out high-intensity hitting combinations, or mats, which allow you to practice knockdown techniques with great explosiveness.

In this way, we achieve a more leisurely work in which we focus on the more technical details and another more intense and explosive work, in which we focus on executing the techniques at full power, just as we would do against an opponent in a combat.

Sparring

Combat is not for everyone, but it can be a great tool for developing your skills. It forces you to apply the skills you are working on, in a realistic situation with a resisting opponent. For anyone looking to compete, sparring will show you which parts of your training are working effectively, which part of your training needs slight adjustment, and which part of your training needs a lot of attention.

The level of resistance will play an important factor in the effectiveness of the combat. The role of the coach is to observe and control the level of the fight. If you want to train but have concerns, approach the coach before sparring and let him know your concerns. They are there to help you progress and will do what they can to help you achieve your goals.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Sportswear
  • MMA Gloves
  • Mouthguard
  • Shin guards
  • Groin guard
  • Helmet (optional)

INTRODUCTION TO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

The first documented use of the term «mixed martial arts» came in 1993, when Howard Rosenberg used it during the broadcast of UFC 1 (the first sporting event organized by The Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Mixed martial arts, also known as MMA, are a combat sport that allows you to use techniques and skills from any martial art or combat sport. The rules allow the use of hitting and grabbing techniques, whether the wrestlers are standing or on the ground. Mixed martial arts allow athletes from different disciplines to compete under a unified set of rules.

The popularity of mixed martial arts has grown exponentially in recent years, as any hitting, grabbing, or submission technique is allowed during a fight. This wide variety of techniques allows a fighter to finish his opponent in multiple ways, which makes MMA one of the most unpredictable, spectacular and exciting combat sports for spectators. The fighters can use skills from all the fighting styles and disciplines that they have in their arsenal, which allows us to know who is the most complete and prepared fighter of the two competitors.

The most commonly used hitting styles in mixed martial arts combat are boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, karate and to a lesser extent twaekondo. The most common clicnh styles are wrestling, judo, and muay thai. Finally, fighting on the ground tends to use Brazilian jiu jitsu, sambo and wrestling techniques, although unlike these sports, MMA allows hitting the ground, a discipline known as ground & pound.

BENEFITS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

The benefits of doing mixed martial arts classes are not limited only to the physical aspect, but also have several positive effects on our mental health.

Improve confidence

Practicing mixed martial arts is a good way to lose weight and improve our fitness, which often translates into improved self-confidence and overall self-esteem.

Also, working out in the gym can be a great way to meet new people and socialize. When we build a social circle, especially with people who have similar interests, we feel better.

To all this, it is added that we improve our self-defense skills, which also offers us an extra confidence and strength to face the challenges of day to day.

Maintain a positive mindset

Training MMA has a certain cathartic effect, as a high level of dopamine is released during training, which helps regulate mood. After a good training session, it is common to feel in good spirits and more positive.

As we have commented previously, the camaraderie that exists in the classes and the relationship that is built with the training partners also contribute to improving our mood.

An MMA class requires a high level of concentration, so all negative thoughts and stress are put aside during training.

Lastly, training martial arts is related to mental toughness. MMA students have higher mental stamina compared to people who do not train any combat sports.

Improve focus and concentration

MMA goes beyond learning to fight and defend ourselves, as it helps us to be in tune with our body, as well as to improve focus and concentration.

An MMA combat requires that we be very observant with our opponent and that we analyze how we can use our techniques and movements to our advantage. These skills are useful in other aspects of life.

When we improve our focus and concentration, we also gain greater mental clarity and reduce distress, while also gaining peace of mind.

Relieve stress

One of the many benefits of joining MMA classes is reducing stress levels. According to numerous studies, exercise and physical activity can prevent and even delay the onset of mental disorders.

While it is not clear how martial arts contribute to alleviating emotional distress, increased confidence and a greater social life may be some of the reasons for this positive effect.

Training forces us to forget about daily worries, since it requires full concentration. This physical activity will help release tension, both in the mind and in the body.

Improve cardiovascular health

One of the most significant benefits of training a martial art is the improvement of cardiovascular health.

A mixed martial arts class is a high intensity workout that provides excellent cardiovascular exercise.

Regular physical activity is effective in the prevention of various chronic diseases, as well as in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

Increase overall strength

One of the many benefits that are noticed when doing MMA classes is the improvement of strength. Training MMA improves several structural muscles that are weakened due to the dominant nomadic lifestyle in our societies.

While other sports activities focus on a specific set of muscles, MMA is a complete body workout.

The nature of MMA improves core muscles, as well as muscles that are not exercised regularly. Arms, legs, glutes, abs, pecs, neck… all are essential to obtain the maximum performance in a mixed martial arts class.

Weight loss and general fitness improvement

Getting started in martial arts classes is the perfect option for those looking to lose weight. When it comes to burning calories, there is no comparison between traditional exercise and martial arts training, especially one in MMA.

While running on a treadmill can burn 600 calories in 60 minutes at a medium pace, an MMA class can burn about 900 calories at the same time. Martial arts training combined with a healthy diet will allow us to reach our weight and fitness goals faster than most sports disciplines.