Some would say that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the evolution of things to come, but I would disagree. MMA combines things from multiple styles and systems to create an all star cast of techniques--extracted from dozens of countries. For example, in a single five-minute round an experienced MMA fighter may throw an elbow from Thailand (Muay Thai), a front kick from Korea (Tae Kwon Do), a takedown from Japan (Judo), and a ground fighting chokehold from Brazil (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). I totally understand the benefits and effectiveness of this new way of doing things and would be the first to agree that we have come a long way. However, in the end, I believe it will be science, not technique, that will have the final word.
So what exactly do I mean by martial science? I mean it’s time to move past the worn pugilistic side of the road and begin to strive for a smoother path. Lets delve into things like the Central Nervous System (neurology), Economy of Motion (physics), and the Adrenal Stress Response to Crisis (endocrinology), and so forth and so on. I will be the first to admit that in some instances, nothing beats a strong right hook to the jaw--but is this the best we’ve got? Have we figured it all out or is there more to be said? Has science had her say yet? If not, let’s hear her out. After all, we may be surprised what she has to say.