I wasn't really aware of martial arts until I saw it in a movie, where the hero uses martial art techniques to knock down all the bad people. It was really enticing to watch something like that as it included quite unique moves and the movie highlighted the impact created by such moves which were very effective. Since then I had an interest in martial arts. But again, I had no clue about mixed martial arts (MMA) and one day, I came across an article describing MMA and its benefits. Hence I started looking for academies or gyms that would teach this sport and that's where I came across ICSA (Indian Combat Sports Academy) website. The curiosity of learning made me drop into ICSA to know more about MMA. Hence here is my experience of spending a day at ICSA.
Chaos and surprise are the perfect words to describe my feelings the moment I stepped into the academy. As a layman with zero knowledge of MMA, I had this common notion about martial arts is that - people fight using some defined moves, but what I saw at the academy was totally different. Let me elaborate on everything that was going on more specifically. A group of people (fighters) were performing a common workout. I guess they were doing their warm-up, certainly not the kind of workout we see at the gym. The fighters were wearing punching gloves, working out in pairs, where one guy was punching and the other was dodging to defend against punching. Even Though this was just a warm-up workout, the fighters were doing it with an immense dedication and I could literally feel that fire which was visible in everybody's eyes. Once this warm-up using the gloves was done, another set of moves were being performed, and these moves were performed on the ground. Again, this was performed in pairs. I am not familiar with these moves, hence to my understanding, it was more like grabbing and choking a person. I was really confused and had no idea what it was? Out of curiosity, I asked the trainer who was training these fighters about those moves, and then he explained to me about the sport and workout. The moves which were being performed standing was called striking, key move of kickboxing and the ones performed on the ground was called grappling, key move of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These sports build up Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). One thing that blew me out was to see those fighters constantly working out without any breaks and with such determination.
It was really interesting to watch people learning and practicing MMA. Later, in the evening, so many people started to walk in, not only men but women and kids as well. They come to learn MMA and the number of students was pretty good. Guess what? The professional fighters whom I saw practicing in the morning were the trainers. To be trained under such professional fighters is remarkably excellent, you will definitely get to learn a lot. I could see no difference in the training process, it was the same the fighters were being trained on. Although this is a pretty hard workout, I could see people enjoying. All the moves were unique which involved a lot of technique but was really fun. The trainers were sweet as well as creative, I could also see some students clarifying their doubts with the trainers. The trainers were not only clarifying their doubts but were also providing other information about the sport and also sharing their experiences with the students. After spending a day at the academy, at the end of the day, I really had this urge to learn MMA by enrolling myself here. I felt the MMA moves are very effective, not only in terms of fighting but this sport will also make you fit both physically as well as mentally.