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What Can You Learn at an MMA Gym?

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The Academia Frontenac MMA Montreal is a one stop gym where you can learn one or more martial arts as you desire.  These forms, of course, can be of great benefit to you whether you mean to learn self-defense or develop confidence or if you want to get into the best shape of your life.  

When you join a gym like this—which specializes in mixed martial arts training—you can learn any one or combination of the following disciplines:

  • boxing
  • kickboxing
  • tae kwon do
  • karate
  • muay thai
  • jiu jitsu


Boxing, of course, is one of the oldest sports in the world and it is a long beloved tradition in many cultures. In fact, boxing is really the basis for most other martial arts too.  Focusing mainly on striking with the hands, boxing requires great stamina both in movement and the ability to recover quickly from damage.  Kickboxing, obviously, adds striking with the feet to traditional punches.Image result for What Can You Learn at an MMA Gym?


Developed in Korea by Japanese visitors Tae Kwon Do focuses more on kicks and throws than punches.  The philosophy is that the legs are longer and stronger than the arms so they are the best weapons on the body.


A classic Japanese martial art, karate focuses on defense more than attack.  When you learn karate, you will develop better reflexes to respond to an attack and look for an opening for a counterattack or reversal, not necessarily to cause damage, but to disarm or disable an opponent.


Deriving its name from the Thai for “The Art of Eight Limbs” Muay Thai might have been developed as far back as the middle 16th century.  The philosophy behind this martial art is to maximize the force behind strikes with the hands, feet, elbows, and knees (four pairs, equaling “eight limbs”) in ways that mimic ancient melee weapons of war: the dagger, the hammer, the axe, and the staff.


Developed in Japan in the 1920s, the term loosely means “gentle technique” because it is more graceful and less violent—in appearance—than other martial arts. The goal of this martial art is avoidance of combat over attacking an opponent. Obviously, if you were to learn this form and wanted to be an MMA fighter, you would also learn one of the other more aggressive forms to supplement this defense technique.  

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