K1 Amateur Title

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Recent K1 Title Win

Defending Them Soon

So we recently came home from Contenders fight show in Norwich with two amateur K1 titles.

Piotr and Dom have both been with us for a few years now and have been fantastic students. They listen and they simply apply the work we study and train in the FTX Kickboxing classes

They followed the Function First fight team process and it paid off, it truly was a team effort and the results speak for themselves

They both fought tough opponents and both matches went the full 3 rounds.

Contenders fight show as always was a well run professional affair with all fights streamed pay per view and everyone well looked after on the night.

Returning In February

So this Feb we are returning to defend the titles which means we are currently in fight camp mode which it tough and intense but necessary.

We also have Alfie Lewis making his debut on the next show which is Feb 25th so were all looking forward to that

So 2017 starts off with a bang and looks to be another exciting year

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MMA Lincoln – How A Wrestler or Judo Player Can Be At A Great Advantage

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MMA Lincoln – How Wrestling or Judo Player Can Give you a Great Advantage

Are you an amateur wrestler or accomplished Judo fighter? If so, you might find your skills to be a great advantage in the world of MMA. While the pros may have good takedown defences, amateurs might not. For those with quality takedown skills, doing well on the amateur circuit is attainable.MMA Lincoln - Wrestling advantage

Why so? Basically, there are certain realities to the amateur circuit that might not be the case on the pro level.

MMA Lincoln – Amateur MMA Vs Professional MMA

Amateur mixed martial arts is a lot different than the professional ranks. Most would be MMA competitors are most familiar with what they see on television. These events would be the professional fight leagues. Watching such events can give you the impression all MMA bouts look like those on the pro circuit. This is not necessarily the case as the amateur circuit may be a little more raw. Fighters have not been able to round out their game simply because they have not been fighting a very long time yet. Therefore, they might have holes in the game. Among the most common holes these fighters will have is weaknesses in takedowns. At Function First MMA Lincoln we take strategy very seriously, you must have a good game plan.

MMA Lincoln – Fight strategy

By their very nature, amateur MMA fighters are mostly coming from a single discipline. They might be mainly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or kickboxers and are rounding out their game with other arts. Among the areas where most martial artists are weak would be with takedown defense. Takedowns are the game of the wrestler and the Judo fighter. In MMA, they might have an advantage since the other artists may be easier to take down. The wrestler might find this a little easier than the Judo fighter. The reason is the wrestler can perform a shot from a great distance. He can be out of striking range. A Judo man might have to get a little closer which puts him in striking range.

Either way, repeatedly taking an opponent down can lead to winning a round. If you win all the rounds, you win the bout.

Come complete your game at Function First MMA Lincoln

Does this mean winning is a foregone conclusion? No, no one would suggest this. All that is being stated is takedowns can give a grappler a number of advantages. For those with such a background, the amateur MMA circuit is well worth exploring.

You will have to round out your game. Striking and submission skill will need to be developed to an acceptable level. Takedowns can take you far, but they will only take you so far. Your game does have to be well rounded.

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Sport MMA Emerges for Kids

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MMA competition for kids

Kids and martial arts seem to go well together. The thrill of competing in  safe and controlled environment allows even very young kids the ability to learn the sportive side of an art. Most are familiar with the traditional point karate competition circuit. With the newfound interest in grappling, more kids are enrolling in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events. And now there is emerging a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) oriented kids competition circuit.

At this point, many will think the emergence of MMA for kids is impossible. How can kids compete in cage fighting. Actually, they won’t. Kids mixed martial arts tournaments are not the MMA you see adults competing. Rather, the events for kids are scaled back and made a lot safer.

These events are commonly called “Pankration” and “Sport MMA” events. Probably the best way to describe them would be a combination of point karate, judo and submission wrestling. Basically, the designers of these events have simply taken three different tournaments that have a long tradition with kid’s competition and combined them. The events do not take place in a cage or a ring. They take place in the traditional format for a kid’s event: a tournament mat. This not only creates for more appealing visuals, it adds to the safety of the event as well.

Honestly, safety is the prime component to these events. The promoters of kid’s tournaments realise the purpose of the events is for the kids to get out and have fun. Of course, they also have the potential to walk away with a trophy or a medal which is another benefit. For those kids wishing to build up their self-confidence, competing in such an event can be a true self-esteem builder.

The time invested in training for a kid’s MMA/Pankration event also has the benefit of teaching a goal oriented approach to learning the martial arts. Training in the dojo takes on a different phase when there are tournament oriented goals on the horizon. As such, the training can make such events quite the experience for the young ones taking part in it.

These events are becoming quite popular and will likely continue to grow in popularity. Why would they not? They have a great deal to offer the young practitioners of the martial arts. Who knows? The next great mixed martial arts superstar might get a start on the Kid’s Sport MMA circuit.

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How Martial Arts Sports Can Help Improve a Young Child’s Character

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Improve your child’s character with Martial Arts

Martial arts training for kids is not just about self-defence. There is also a sportive component and this is a good thing. There are quite a number of benefits that can be gained from taking part in martial arts tournaments. A child that succeeds in safe point sparring competition and forms performance may gain a huge confidence boost that can carry over elsewhere in life.

Improve your kids character with martial artsOne issue here that concerns parents is the solo nature of martial arts competition can lead to the onset of a potentially unhealthy ego in the child. Such concerns do make sense. Of course, these problems are not solely found in martial arts. Tennis and dance would both be solo endeavours that can create a swelled head in a young person. The question that arises would be whether or not there is a way to curb any boosted ego.

Actually, there is a huge misconception about the martial arts training and this would be the study of the arts is a solo pursuit. Martial arts training always requires a team. No one can become a great martial artist on his or her own. Working with training partners is how you develop your skills. Kids will quickly learn they cannot succeed in their path to martial arts excellence unless they get along well with their fellow students. This might seem like a quaint notion, but it is not. Not very many people can get along in life unless they can work well with others. Training for martial arts events does help teach young ones how to work well with others in the pursuit of their own achievements.

The environment of a kids martial arts class can also contribute to a positive attitude. Martial arts schools do put great value on developing character and virtues. Sadly, such traits can unnecessarily be missing from traditional sportive environments.

Because martial arts training also tries to develop the character of a young one, the potential to develop egotistical traits becomes less likely. This is not to suggest a martial arts training environment will be without any flaws, but it definitely is free of common troubling attitudes found in some of the more traditional sportive environments.

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