What martial arts are not allowed in MMA?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Omar Roberson



What martial arts are not allowed in MMA?

It is not that any martial art is not allowed in MMA, it is that specific techniques are not allowed. Different martial arts can use common techniques that may be prohibited.

The rules have gradually changed and evolved, generally to reject techniques that were considered to have a high probability of causing injury for low gain or poor optics.

Below is an evolution of some of the prohibited techniques:

Only the first banned UFCs:

  • Weapons (somewhat obvious, but weapon techniques are common in certain martial arts: Kendo, Escrima, Nanchucks, Ninjitsui, etc.)
  • Biting
  • Gouging or poking eyes

then gradually another technique

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It is not that any martial art is not allowed in MMA, it is that specific techniques are not allowed. Different martial arts can use common techniques that may be prohibited.

The rules have gradually changed and evolved, generally to reject techniques that were considered to have a high probability of causing injury for low gain or poor optics.

Below is an evolution of some of the prohibited techniques:

Only the first banned UFCs:

  • Weapons (somewhat obvious, but weapon techniques are common in certain martial arts: Kendo, Escrima, Nanchucks, Ninjitsui, etc.)
  • Biting
  • Gouging or poking eyes

then gradually other techniques were banned:

  • Heading
  • Bumps to the groin
  • Small joint manipulation: grasping and breaking fingers and toes
  • Pull ear
  • Hook (ripping an opponent's nose, mouth, ears, and eyes by hooking the finger and pulling
  • Punch or elbow to the back of the head.
  • Pile handling (throwing the opponent to the ground over his head while hanging and guiding)
  • Hair pulling (at UFC 3 Royce Grace hung onto Kimo's hair braid the whole fight finally ripped it off before submitting him, basically used the braid as a handle, then banned)
  • Kicks, knees and head stomps while the opponent is grounded (UFC banned early, Pride kept it for a long time)
  • 12 - 6 elbow (this is a controversial rule and looks pretty stupid. An elbow thrown from vertical, 180 degrees down. Doesn't look that different from any other elbow strike)
  • Deliberate grabs or blows directly on the windpipe
  • spit
  • grabbing the clavicle
  • pinching, scratching, and tearing the skin
  • Grab on the fence - to gain leverage or traction
  • Eventually gloves became mandatory with specific rules for wrapping hands
  • Shoes became illegal
  • Gi's long pants and shirts became illegal
  • putting on the opponent's shorts or gloves
  • Mouthguard requirements
  • there may be others that I have missed

Some of the above techniques are used in various martial arts, but not all martial art is prohibited, only specific techniques.

There is not a single "Martial Art" not allowed in MMA. There are several that are useless or almost useless in an MMA setting, but you could try using them. There are many martial arts that have deviated so much from the original combat purpose of the root style that most, if not all, of the actual "martial" skill in the "art" has been lost. Some examples of this are some of the Chinese Kung Fu / Gung Fu martial arts. Many of those arts were once devastating arts packed with effective martial techniques for a variety of applications.

But after decades and decades of peace, a

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There is not a single "Martial Art" not allowed in MMA. There are several that are useless or almost useless in an MMA setting, but you could try using them. There are many martial arts that have deviated so much from the original combat purpose of the root style that most, if not all, of the actual "martial" skill in the "art" has been lost. Some examples of this are some of the Chinese Kung Fu / Gung Fu martial arts. Many of those arts were once devastating arts packed with effective martial techniques for a variety of applications.

But after decades and decades of peace, and training focused on strengthening the spirit and body rather than focusing on fighting, many of those arts lost the effectiveness of the past. Another art that has proven largely ineffective is Aikido. Now Aikido was founded by a bad ass! Osensei had years of martial arts studies when he founded Aikido, and had spent several years with another martial arts pioneer named Sokaku. Sokaku created Daito-Ryu sometimes followed by the term "Aiku-Jitsu" or Jujutsu. Both men had years and years of study in martial arts very focused on combat. After years of study, O-sensei formed a martial art, based on years of studying combat art in the real world, which allowed him to apply techniques and movements that were very effective. Nevertheless,
The first reason is that many of the techniques involve "small joint manipulation", using finger, hand, wrist and ankle locks. These can be difficult to perform and many are not allowed in MMA. Those that are allowed are difficult to execute with a bandaged wrist and a gloved hand. They can also be problematic because Aikido is most effective against untrained aggressors, and a highly skilled MMA fighter certainly is not.

The second reason is that many Aikido practitioners do not have the same knowledge and combat skills that Ueshiba could take advantage of. Therefore, what may work in training, where you find less strength and gentle, voluntary participation, does not test pressure well in real fighting conditions.

There are countless arts that don't use full contact and many that don't focus on beating trained fighters. But when it comes to techniques, you can see one or two techniques that exist in almost every martial arts that is prevalent in MMA fighting.

Therefore, there are no "prohibited" or "disallowed" styles. However, there are some concepts, such as manipulating small joints or hitting downed opponents, that are not allowed. And if you have a style that focuses a bit on those concepts, that art may not translate well. Therefore, some "movements" may not be allowed, but the style is not prohibited in any way, shape or form.

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The rules do not restrict the arts but specific techniques. Do not drop the elbows, do not hit the back of the head, do not kick someone when they are on the ground, do not make obvious attempts to break, do not use weapons, do not pierce the eyes, do not nail the opponent's head to the mat , do not manipulate the small joints, do not hit the throat, no blows with the fingers, no twisting the meat, no blows to the groin, no holding the cage, no hooks, time limits in field work, etc. The list gets longer as time goes on. Some of the rules prevent the actual intent of street fights from quickly ending a fight by maiming and injuring. The time limits of the g

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The rules do not restrict the arts but specific techniques. Do not drop the elbows, do not hit the back of the head, do not kick someone when they are on the ground, do not make obvious attempts to break, do not use weapons, do not pierce the eyes, do not nail the opponent's head to the mat , do not manipulate the small joints, do not hit the throat, no blows with the fingers, no twisting the meat, no blows to the groin, no holding the cage, no hooks, time limits in field work, etc. The list gets longer as time goes on. Some of the rules prevent the actual intent of street fights from quickly ending a fight by maiming and injuring. Time limits on the ground are for cinematic value and may restrict a fighter, a number restricts a forward responding to a fighter. The fights are now without gi, so it restricts to Sambo or Judo students. A large part of Aikido techniques are illegal, as are many traditional karate or king fu movements. Many traditional arts use weapons, but those arts are not completely prohibited by the rules of MMA.

OK, so the answer would partially be:

All martial arts are welcome as long as they follow the rules, except for Bhudist's Palm School. We consider it too dangerous (and we didn't even start with the insurance problems).

The humorous answer: Taekwondo practitioners are not allowed to participate in MMA tournaments, for their own safety.

A girl's tea party is considered more dangerous than Taekwondo because once there was a fight between these parties and the Taekwondo practitioner cut his feet with his wrists before he could jump into the air; the girl won a technical victory.

As far as I know, there are no specific styles that are forbidden, just generalized techniques / punches that a fighter cannot use. Now if your style relies heavily on those techniques to be effective, MMA will be a difficult transition, but it's not against the rules. Basically the spine, the head behind the ears, the front of the knee and the groin are off the limits of the blows, you cannot hold the esophagus / trachea with a "C", you cannot use the knees in head when your opponent is on the ground, and cannot manipulate / break smaller joints like fingers or toes. At least that's how it was when I competed, things could be

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As far as I know, there are no specific styles that are forbidden, just generalized techniques / punches that a fighter cannot use. Now if your style relies heavily on those techniques to be effective, MMA will be a difficult transition, but it's not against the rules. Basically the spine, the head behind the ears, the front of the knee and the groin are off the limits of the blows, you cannot hold the esophagus / trachea with a "C", you cannot use the knees in head when your opponent is on the ground, and cannot manipulate / break smaller joints like fingers or toes. At least that's how it was when I competed, things could be different now. You will see that it is not really a "style",

Martial arts are not specifically prohibited in MMA.

There are techniques that are not allowed but the rules do not favor one art more than another.

Anyone can represent any martial art in MMA. That's what makes it great. Without discussion. No belts. No theory.

You just fight.

Well kendo, Kali, Arnis, Sojutsu, Kyujutsu ... all martial arts weapon crafts for starters. But apart from that, martial arts are not forbidden, but techniques are. So I can't use little joint manipulations like in Aikido or downward elbow strikes (for some stupid reason). But no art is inherently forbidden, just not all arts are useful in the sports setting.

Well, the Olympic shooting is the first thing that comes to mind. All kinds of fences also come to mind. other than that? it's less about style and more about techniques that are unsportsmanlike in nature (biting, groin kicks, and the like).

None, all "styles" are allowed.

Certain techniques are not, those transcend styles.

Rules of mixed martial arts - Wikipedia

Martial arts are not specifically prohibited, but all entrants must adhere to the contest rules.

Since MMA is mixed martial arts, each and every master is accepted, but when you put them all together, you come up with the style of MMA, whatever the style, because you cannot use only one way to fight here, you have kicks, punches. , knees, elbows, head, jump from knee to head or chin, so that you do not limit yourself to just one form, choose between different systems and you have MMA.

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