Is Vale Tudo the original MMA? The Portuguese describes Vale Tudo as cock-fighting among humans. You can access the game only through the internet because it is regarded as a bloody unarmed sport. PRIDE and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has already submitted to some regulations but the MMA Brazilian fans are not even worried even if the fighters are thrown out of the ring; there are no rules to follow and so the game can get really bloody.
In the early 20th century, carnivals and circuses set up some booths where wrestlers or boxers workout. Sometimes, audiences are also challenged to join the game for a certain prize. Most of the time, professionals defeat the amateurs. This is an excellent form of entertainment during that time. In Brazil, Vale Tudo referred to game matches by players of different fighting styles. In the US, it was called wrestling but it was not very bloody. Wrestlers and boxers were trained to compete with each other in an organized fight. Things changed when Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese prizefighter, went to Brazil and trained students about unarmed combat.
Maeda used the styles and fighting techniques of Jujutsu and Judo. He challenged the Brazilian fighters to a match of Vale Tudo. The match promised prestige and local prize. Many fighters were not able to defeat Maeda in the matches who included wrestlers, boxers, and other martial artists. Even if other players were able to throw Maeda to the ground, he was still able to execute effective grappling techniques. He was a sportsman and good natured; because of these qualities, he was able to impress other fighters.
A prominent family in Brazil asked Maeda to train their sons. The Gracie brothers became popular in the mixed martial arts called Jiu Jitsu. The brothers could strike like boxers and grapple effectively. They still promoted Vale Tudo and later on, it was popularized on television. UFC and MMA were born after that. There are no more Vale Tudo matches but MMA matches became even more popular.
If you want to be one of the players in mixed martial arts, you should start training now. Make sure that you don’t focus on only one martial arts style. Learn more about grappling and striking techniques, and many other fighting styles. By learning as many fighting techniques as you can, you’re going to be proclaimed a winner because you can defeat your opponents no matter what fighting style they use.
It can’t be said that Vale Tudo is mixed martial arts. There are similarities in the matches but there are also noticeable differences. Vale Tudo matches are bloody but MMA is not. In fact, by executing the right fighting techniques at the right time, you can defeat your opponent in a matter of seconds. Don’t focus on only one technique and with MMA, there is no particular gear. For competitions, you can use grappling t-shirts and shorts for ease of movement. If you wear comfortable clothing, you can move freely.
Mixed martial arts have evolved through the years. Ever since it was first introduced, it has already undergone a lot of changes. Even little kids can now learn MMA with the different training courses available.
It’s a good decision to start learning various fighting techniques at an early age so that as you grow older, you can learn more complicated techniques while retaining the ones you’ve learned in the past.