Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling arts while both standing and on the ground, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo and other styles.

mixed martial arts mmaThe roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration. Various mixed style contests also 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), which is currently the largest MMA promotion company worldwide. Prior to the UFC, professional MMA events had also been held in Japan by Shooto since 1989.

In due course, the more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFC’s were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with minimal rules. Later, fighters employed multiple martial arts into their style while promoters adopted additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport.

The name mixed martial arts was coined by Rick Blume, president and CEO of Battlecade, in 1995. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with a pay per view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.

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  1. There are four known MMA schools in Nassas Bahamas. The first was Sensei Oran Rolle School.This was a school that was founded by Robert Bussy and Scott Groff in the early 1990’s when no one knew wat MMA was in the Bahamas.Alot of karate and different traditional Martial artist would walk into there dojo like out of the kung fu movies demanding to know wat the hell they were teaching.they would challenge the mma instructors to a fight and get the butts kicked. The second school was founded by Sensei Carlos Jorrin Jhecheverria a Cuban native. He was a Cuban 3 times European Jujitsu Champion, a 3rd degree judoka and was on the Cuban National Team for 7 years. He also holds a 6th degree in Morita Ryu also known as Cuban JUjitsu.A Cuban Boxing coach and Master at Ballet.He also hold a black belt in Shito ryu karate.He combined all his knowlegde and founded THE BAHAMAS GRAPPLING CENTER.The Bahamas Grappling Center was founded around 2007.The 3rd school was founded by Sensei D’rcy Rahming the founded of All Star Karate Judo and Jujitsu.The 4th school is The Tiger Dragon Mixed Martial Arts Dojo by Sensei Clement Eneas.As the youngest of all the Schools Sensei Eneas is also the youngest Instructors.He started his Martial Arts Career with 5th dan judoka Sensei Kadajah el Shabazz at the age of 8. At 14 he trainned with Shotokan Karate with Sensei Brian Beckford at The Society Of Shotokan Stylist.Then in 2002 he trainned under the Great Kyoshi Alex Penn of Neisi Gojo Ryu until 2008.Then Sensei Eneas trainned under Sensei Elrick Mckinney of The Bahamas Karate Academy, an Okinawian Gojo Ryu Dojo where Clement trainned for 1 year.While training under Sensei Mckinney Clement also trained at The BAHAMAS TAEKWONDO ACADEMY under Sensei Robert Bulter and Sensei Ted Williams and then his MMA and Kodokan Judo training started with Sensei Carlos Jorrin Jhechevarria where he became Sensei Carlos best student. he did so well that he became the Assist of Sensei Carlos teaching judo grappling boxing katate sanshou and taekwondo at the Bahamas Grappling Center.In the summer of 2010 Sensei Carlos instructed him to open a sanshou and mma school then The Tiger Dragon Dojo was reborn. Long Live MMA In The Bahamas.

    1. Hey Thomas at this time there are no known Krav Maga schools in the Bahamas. The closest system would either be ju-jutsu or a system called “Systema” The chief instructor from Canada Maxim Franz will be in the Bahamas October 26-28 2012. His system is being taught by Bahamian instructor Gamal Newry.

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  3. Hello

    This is Isaac from Uganda east Africa. I have been seeing what you as far as kickboxing is concerned and I would like to bring fighters from here come for fights in Bahamas. If you have or know any upcoming good kick boxing fights let me know please.


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    1. Hi Isaac there are no kickboxing matches held in the Bahamas, however kickboxers are allowed to enter open tournaments which are held throughout the year. I am working with the Bahamas Martial Arts Federation to get a list of tournament through the year and I will update it on the blog. You should be able to plan your trip here based on the tournaments being held. Thanks for visiting Martial Arts in the Bahamas.

    2. Hello Isaac. Long time i haven’t heard from you. Just to correct my friend Mr Penn the Bahamas Open Martial Arts Championship (BOMAC) has been hosting kickboxing tournaments since 2009, and its first MMA event in 2010. The first Cage fights in the Bahamas were held in 2015 under BOMAC Cage Fights. The next kickboxing tournament will be December 2015. Empire MMA Bahamas has been in existence since 2006.

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