Mixed Martial Arts
Learn to combine the best of jujitsu, thai boxing, submission grappling and other martial arts to become the complete mixed martial artist.
We offer a Fitness, Non-Competitive and Competitive program.
No-Gi grappling classes now accepting members. Limited enrollment, please call for details 313.581.5085.
We offer Traditional Japanese Jujitsu, and separate Iaido classes.
Fitness Mixed Martial Arts
This is a great program for getting into top shape. Learn Mixed Martial Arts properly while getting into the best shape of your life.
Learn in a friendly and professional atmosphere. Beginners welcome. Many are not interested in competition due to their job, family, or school, however enjoy learning real mixed martial arts. This may be the program for you. Get the best total body workout, learn the most advance techniques, and enjoy the daily benefits of knowledge that mixed martial arts training offers.
Competitive Mixed Martial Arts
We have a seperate program for athletes who are interested in cagefighting. Please call for details.
We offer wrestling, fun rewarding, and exciting.
History of MMA
We look forward in meeting you! In 1972, a group of Marines and Police Officers opened a Jujitsu school in Detroit, Michigan, the Institution of Martial Arts. Since then our club has been in competition (since 1972). We have produced many champions in boxing, muay thai, full contact kickboxing, and even full contact Japanese Karate. In the 70's mixed martial arts was unheard of, and many other school owners, did not like the ideal that one school had champions in several different champions in different systems. Over 30 years later, we continue the same quality instruction in Jujitsu, Muay Thai and Boxing. If you are serious about Mixed Martial Arts, give us a call 313.581.5085.
History of MMA The roots of MMA date back to the ancient Greeks and the early Olympic sport of Pankration, in which combatants faced each other with very few rules. Similar sports evolved in many different places over time, often with the goal of pitting one traditional martial arts style against another.
Many legendary martial artists, such as Jeet Kune Do founder and practitioner Bruce Lee, have advocated the use of these hybridized, non-traditional forms to most closely resemble real world scenarios. Even legendary boxer Muhammad Ali took part in a cross-sport match-up when he agreed to face Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki. These kinds of contests were the early foundation for the sport of MMA, which has grown tremendously in scope and practice since then.
The modern era of MMA is thought to have arisen from the “anything goes” fighting contests (sometimes referred to as “Vale Tudo”) held in Brazil throughout the later half of the twentieth century. These first reached North America when the Gracie family helped create the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Royce Gracie surprised fans by winning three of the first four editions.
The early American MMA events were often bloody, rule-less brawls, and they quickly drew the ire of notable politicians like Senator John McCain, who decried the bouts as “human cockfighting”. The sport was almost outlawed completely in the U.S., but survived by altering its “no-holds-barred” strategy and embracing governmental regulation.
Since then, MMA has incorporated a more stringent set of rules and weight classes, and has moved toward mainstream acceptance. Though specific rules vary depending on the organization, MMA usually refers to a sport that combines striking and grappling arts, while outlawing groin strikes, eye-gouging, small joint manipulation, biting, hair-pulling, and strikes to the spine or throat.
MMA has been vilified in the past by media and politicians, though there has never been a death or serious injury in a sanctioned MMA event. Early indications suggest that the sport is actually safer than boxing, thanks to the variety of techniques and the smaller gloves, which prohibit a fighter from absorbing repeated blows to the head, thus minimizing long-term damage.
Rules of MMA
The following describes some rules commonly found in MMA competition in most MMA organizations. Ways to victory Knock Out (KO): as soon as a fighter becomes unconscious due to strikes, his opponent is declared the winner (because MMA rules allow ground fighting, the fight is stopped to prevent further injury to the unconcious fighter.) Submission: a fighter may admit defeat during a match by: tapping three times on his opponent's body; tapping three times on the mat or floor; verbal announcement.
Technical Knockout (TKO) Referee Stoppage: the referee may stop a match in progress if: a fighter becomes dominant to the point where the opponent is unable to intelligently defend himself from attacks (this may occur as quickly as a few seconds); a fighter appears to be unconscious from a grappling hold. a fighter appears to have developed significant injuries (such as a broken bone) in the referee's view.
Doctor Stoppage: the referee will call for a time out if a fighter's ability to continue is in question as a result of apparent injuries (such as a large cut). The ring doctor will inspect the fighter and stop the match if the fighter is deemed unable to continue safely, rendering the opponent the winner. However, if the match is stopped as a result of an injury from illegal actions by the opponent, either a disqualification or no contest will be issued instead. Corner stoppage: a fighter's cornermen may announce defeat on the fighter's behalf by throwing in the towel during the match in progress or between rounds.
Decision: if the match goes the distance, then the outcome of the bout is determined by three judges. The judging critera are organization-specific.
Forfeit: a fighter or his representative may forfeit a match prior to the beginning of the match, thereby losing the match.
Disqualification: a "warning" will be given when a fighter commits a foul or illegal action or does not follow the referee's instruction. Three warnings will result in a disqualification. Moreover, if a fighter is injured and unable to continue due to a deliberate illegal technique from his opponent, the opponent will be disqualified.
No Contest: in the event that both fighters commit a violation of the rules, or a fighter is unable to continue due to an injury from an accidental illegal technique, the match will be declared a "No Contest".
Weight categories Although each organization divides its fighters into weight classes, the details are organization-specific.
Fouls No head-butting, eye gouging, hair pulling, biting or fish hooking (pulling at the cheek with a finger). No attacking the groin No strikes to the back of the head, spinal area and kidneys. No strikes to, or grabs of the trachea No small joint manipulation (control of four or more fingers/toes is necessary). No intentionally throwing your opponent out of the ring. No running out of the ring. No purposely holding the ring ropes or octagon fence.
Rules variations Each organization determines its own rules (in accordance with government regulation). Below are some of the significant differences in the rules of the popular MMA organizations.
Ultimate Fighting Championship Allows elbow strikes except downward elbow strikes with the point of the elbow. Prohibits spiking a fighter onto his head during takedown or slam. Prohibits stomps, soccer kicks and knees to the head of a grounded opponent (more than feet touching ground). A fighter on the ground can kick upwards at their opponent's head only if their opponent is standing. Prohibits shoes, shirts and pants. Uses three 5-minute rounds. Championship bouts are five 5-minute rounds. No longer uses a tournament format. Has five weight classes: Heavyweight (265 lbs), Light Heavyweight (205 lbs), Middleweight (185 lbs), and Welterweight (170 lbs) a Lightweight (155 lbs) class. Tests fighters for steroids and other illegal substances in championship bouts.
Pride Fighting Championships Uses a 10-minute first round with 5-minute second and third rounds. Prohibits elbow strikes to the head. Allows stomps, soccer kicks and knees to the head of a grounded opponent. Uses tournament format to award Grand Prix champions. Has two weight classes: Heavyweight (no limit), and Middleweight (92 kg). "Bushido" event series consists of lightweight (73 kg) and light-middleweight (83 kg) fighters.
K-1 HERO's Uses two 5-minute rounds, with an extra round option should the judges be unable to determine a clear winner of the fight. Prohibits elbow strikes to the head. Weight classes are currently being established. Lightweight is under 70 kg..
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