Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the world. A precursor to modern MMA was the 1976 Ali vs. Inoki exhibition bout, fought between boxer Muhammad Ali and wrestler Antonio Inoki in Japan, where it later inspired the foundation of Pancrase in 1993. In the 1990s, the Gracie family brought their Brazilian jiu-jitsu style to the United States – which culminated in the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) promotion company in 1993.
Originally promoted as a competition to find the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat, competitors from different fighting styles were pitted against one another in contests with relatively few rules. Later, individual fighters incorporated multiple martial arts into their style. MMA promoters were pressured to adopt additional rules to increase competitors’ safety, to comply with sport regulations and to broaden mainstream acceptance of the sport. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.
As a master of JKA Karate, and a holder of a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt himself, Sensei Riaan recognises the great potential that these two sports hold in combination as a vehicle to real Mixed Martial Arts.
And that was the birth of Unlimited MMA, a discipline in its own right which is founded on the back of proven techniques and training. It soon developed into a class in its own right, with more and more students, especially the more adventurous, joining the unlimited family for that purpose.
Training is very practical based, with a fast learning curve to maximise the enjoyment and potential of every student.
We regularly take part in friendly and competitive structured tournaments for students of all skill levels, and the results are a reward in itself.