Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympics where one of the earliest documented systems of codified full range unarmed combat was in the sport of pankration. Various mixed style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)



Standup skills are the use of hands and legs to strike and impact while remaining upright.  At The Hidden Fist Academy, techniques from Western and Asian arts are practiced to help enhance the fighter’s abilities.  Techniques that has been tested and known to have high success rates during confrontations are practiced long and hard.  As time progress and skills are honed, esoteric moves and techniques are explored to provide more creativity.





Clinch is started from the moment contact is engage and one’s will and pressure is impose on their opponent. Technique, awareness, ability to react and maneuver to obtain a better position are trained. The ability to control, resist, and change from position are the goal.



Ground is when the fight ends up on the ground. The ability to maintain composure and fight while in a horizontal position will permit the fighter to defend, attack or return to a standup phase. Knowledge from past and modern grappling styles are learned and incorporated into the fighter’s game.



People would see a lot of times fighting as a ugly thing, as a thing that denigrates the human being. In reality, you see fighting on everything… Everything’s fighting. Doesn’t matter what it is. You wake up in the morning, to get out of bed is a fight, believe it. So, fighting is actually the best thing a man can have in his soul.Renzo Gracie