Mixed Martial Arts can be traced back to Ancient Greece, as the sport known as Pankration – Greek for ‘All Powers’. While it was a competitive event in Greek sports where Fighters utilized Striking, Clinch and Grappling techniques to defeat their opponents, it was also used in battle. Conquests throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe helped to cultivate the many techniques that are still used today. Over time, the techniques were adopted by other Martial Arts disciplines and have come full circle, eventually evolving into the sport you see today.

The Mixed Martial Arts NYC based training program at Ronin Athletics enables you to train the 3 phases (ranges) of combat into a single fighting sport. Like it’s ancestral art of Pankration, it requires the practioner to use ‘All Powers’ including striking & footwork from Boxing and Kickboxing, Clinch techniques from Muay Thai and Wrestling, Ground fighting & Submissions from Wrestling and BJJ. Taking these multi-dimensional principles and creating a complete form of fighting.

Training revolves around 3 particular ranges and scenarios:

  • Stand-up – offense/defense. Learn to incorporate your stand-up striking skills to initiate your MMA strategy or counter your opponents strategy.
  • Clinch– offense/defense. Learning to use, as well as defend against takedowns and strikes in MMA. (from outside range & against the wall)
  • Ground– grappling training with modified strategies that the element of striking brings unto the BJJ ground game.

The majority of this class involves “Isolation sparring” rounds which are a mixture of Stand up / Clinch / Ground. Because the pace and dynamic of the class is fairly intense it’s recommended that a solid base in the fundamentals of those ranges be developed (through Fundamentals / Kickboxing / Submission Grappling classes) in order to fully benefit and safely participate in this class.

If you are looking for MMA in Manhattan, check out our class schedule for a free trial class in our spacious Midtown NYC gym.