Kung fu has been around for literally thousands of years. To think that because the popularity of MMA is what is popular in media today, it’s going to cause Kung fu to disappear or any other martial art for that matter simply won’t happen.
Mixed Martial Arts is simply a natural progression for anyone that takes their martial arts journey seriously. Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Tai Chi, Shaolin animals, Wushu, Sanshou, Mantis, Chin Na, and many more styles that make up the Kung fu systems have followings all over the world.
It’s not uncommon to come across people who cross-train in Kung Fu and Karate or Krav Maga, Jujitsu, etc….
How Popular Is MMA Now?
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a popular combat sport that evolved from traditional fighting styles to a more fluid and hybrid system.
It is known to draw on different techniques from various disciplines, such as wrestling and boxing. It has become a global phenomenon, growing in popularity over the past several years.
MMA is a relatively new sport, coined by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The name itself comes from the French “maison marti”, which means “to mix.”
The popularity of MMA is rising worldwide, and the sport has already overtaken hockey as the fourth most popular sport in the United States.
It has even grown in popularity internationally. This popularity can be attributed to its unique blend of mixed styles and well-known athletes.
For more information, check out the official website of MMA. A brief overview of the sport’s history is provided below. The most popular fighters are those with a fighting background.
A recent study has also found a correlation between the number of people following MMA and its popularity.
Popularity Of MMA Attracting Women?
Some believe that MMA has a higher chance of attracting women. For example, MMA has attracted women from diverse backgrounds.
A study of women’s fitness found that those who attend MMA events are more likely to have higher self-esteem. In addition, many women have been drawn to the sport because it is a great way to lose weight.
Although MMA is gaining popularity, some critics say it is too violent to become a mainstream sport in the United States.
Opponents argue that it is a barbaric and unsporting activity. The lack of regulation has prevented the further growth of the sport.
However, there are several factors contributing to its popularity in the United States. If you are considering a career in MMA, you should first consider what types of MMA are available.
Historically, MMA has a rich history. The first MMA matches were in Paris in 1798, where French practitioners of Savate challenged English bare-knuckle boxers.
From there, this fascination with martial arts continued for several more years. Eventually, MMA started to gain traction throughout the world.
Today, MMA has grown to become one of the most popular sports in the world. With a worldwide fan base, it has become a popular sport for men and women.
The popularity of MMA is not surprising, despite the fact that it is a violent sport with a devoted core following.
The sport has a significant fan base and a devoted following, which is largely motivated by its health benefits. Moreover, it’s possible to exercise mixed martial arts and enjoy the benefits of the sport.
So, while many critics see MMA as an unsporting activity, others believe that MMA is a dangerous sport.
While many boxing fans feel that MMA isn’t a true sport, it’s hard to argue that it’s not a real sport. In fact, many pro boxers have declared that MMA fighters are not true athletes.
MMA is gaining in popularity as a result, and many boxing fans believe the sport is dying. However, Kevin James is a big fan of MMA and has trained with some of the top MMA fighters in the world.
Does The Popularity Of MMA Matter?
Here at Enter Shaolin we don’t believe that style matters. What we do believe is that the energy behind the techniques is what is important to understand. It’s these energy principles that transcend “style”. If you understand how the energy works with the body then you can make no style as your style.
What do you think?
Will the popularity of MMA cause kung fu to go the way of the Dodo Bird?
Kung Fu has lasted the course of time with more than a 1000 yrs of training and will last many more years beyond MMA.
Sifu Larry Rivera says
Right! Though the idea of mixed martial arts has been around just as long… Currently MMA is the flavor of the day, it’s not a new idea, just a new way of expressing it.
Leon Boyte says
I agree 100%. Different strokes, different folks, different yolks..
My first instinct is to avoid confrontation, when unavoidable, incapacitate without injury, when unavoidable.. cause one to remember their early childhood memories of what pain felt like, a healthy reminder. This is why we train muscle & mind, condition connective tissue & synapses and utilize energy & technique via a variety of ‘styles’ or ‘ways’ if you will.
For me, jiu jitsu is a means to an end. I chose this out of convenience, (as most humans make decisions) although some rarely choose an art for just availability. For the betterment of mankind, martial arts is in every neighborhood, you just have to choose (like with all things) what’s best for you. Long live all style, art, ways etc..
Point is, make good use of energy, give it your all, train hard like your depends on it. Better to have it and not use it, rather than using that which one doesn’t have. Winter is Coming.. Infinite Progress is mankind’s endgame.
Sifu Larry Rivera says
Word! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Gavin St Clair says
It’s possible only if masters in Kung Fu DON’T take heed and adjust.
What do I mean ?
In WWII, the forerunners of special forces in Great Britain and the U. S. ( S. O. E. and O S. S., respectively) did not have YEARS to attain skills that were needed to take out an enemy DEEP behind enemy lines without being captured and detected !
Kung Fu along with Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Kenpo, etc. are martial arts –
martial: ANYTHING pertaining to war .
Based upon the Greek god of war, Mars.
In today’s world, for one to be able to protect oneself, there has to be a system that can be taught where a person is able to eliminate the fear they will be harmed by the average hooligan on the street and make SEVERAL guys realize they f**** up to even think you’re easy prey.
Does MMA do that?
No… but it does provide a false sense of security to those that delve into it.
There was a time..back in the 70s, when someone earned a 1st degree black belt in Karate, they were the BUSINESS and seriously could account for themselves on the street against several attackers.
Not so !
Instructors in ALL the traditional arts – not just Kung Fu – need to bear THAT in mind.
Or else MMA acolytes can ” champion ” and thump their chest that they can hold their own in the same situation with an artist.
It will be a sad state of affairs should that fallacy become fact.
Sifu Larry Rivera says
I agree it’s important that martial artist learn to adapt.
When I was younger my father enrolled me in Goju Ryu. My Sensei, didn’t give away belts… You earned your belt through blood sweat and tears… Martial arts isn’t that way in most places today.