Mixed Martial Arts



Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) can most easily be described as a mixture of various martial arts styles which allows for the use of grappling and striking. For those of you not familiar with MMA yet, think about it from this perspective. Professional basketball players train and compete in one sport – basketball. Now imagine this same athlete having to be prepared to go up against a baseball player. There is the need to know the rules and theories of multiple sports and being athletically and intellectually able to match the ability of your opponent, who may actually know additional sports not your strength. This is both the challenge and passion that breeds many MMA fighers. While MMA can be a rather controversial sport, as it struggles to get sanctioning in many states today, it may surprise people to know that the first traces of this fighting style actually date back to early middle ages. That’s right; just picture a huge crowd gathering at the Roman Colosseum to watch the Olympic Games and men preparing to battle it out in what was called pankration – a mix of wrestling and boxing.

And now let’s jump ahead to what everyone, even our Moms and Dads, are talking about and watching. In 1993, the Gracie family founded the “Ultimate Fighting Championship” (UFC). This creation brought Vale Tudo to the United States competition stage. Vale Tudo is a Brazilian martial art which literally means “anything goes”. The Gracie family will always be remembered for being the first fighters to lay down a challenge of martial arts prowess, thus dubbed the “Gracie Challenge”. Since this time many changes have been made to the rules and regulations of MMA making it safer for all fighters. These changes have lead to the current popularity of MMA which can be seen all over the world, in person and via pay-per-view in your living room. Today there are various MMA organizations like World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Bellator, King of the Cage, Shine Fight Promotions and Strikeforce, just to name a few, that make it possible for MMA fighters to be professional athletes.


Kurt Chase-Patrick, American Top Team CT

- 8 years wrestling experience . 2x CT State Place Winner 101 Career wins.
- BJJ Purple Belt under American Top Team Head CT coach Master Luigi Mondelli
- 3-1 Amateur MMA Record. Current Cage Titans 135 pound Champion.


The Center Martial Arts offers instruction for kids and adults. Students can expect to be taught the following Mixed Martial Arts techniques and much more.

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Muay Thai
  • Full Contact Japanese Karate
  • Strength & Conditioning