A Historical Overview of Mixed Martial Arts in China

William Acevedo, Mei Cheung


Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become one of the fastest-growing combat sports in the twenty-first century, drawing millions of Pay-Per-View spectators since the inception of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1993. Popular conceptions have credited the creation of MMA to Bruce Lee, a Chinese-American actor and martial artist who became an icon in the 1970s and who is still considered by many as a revolutionary figure in the field. This paper will present, in chronological order, examples of ancient Chinese martial arts concepts preceding the creation of modern MMA.


Chinese martial arts; kung-fu; combat sports; Ultimate Fighting Championship


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/rama.v6i2.6


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