Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, January 01, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) has just launched the MMA Conditioning Association (MMACA) which will offer fitness and sports conditioning professionals the designation of a Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Coach. NESTA was established in 1992 and has been on the cutting edge of fitness trends since this time.
MMA is loosely based on the ancient fighting art of Pankration. In 648 B.C., the Greeks introduced the sport of Pankration into the ancient Olympic Games. The word Pankration is a combination of two Greek words, pan, meaning “all,” and kratos, meaning “powers.” This new word was very fitting for a fighting style using all available techniques.
MMACA President, Dr. John Spencer Ellis states, “MMA is an incredibly exciting sport with some of the fittest athletes in the world. It’s time to take the training seriously like other sports like football or professional cycling.”
Fast forward to 1993 and the formation of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC); and the awakening of the importance of solid ground fighting skills. In the 16 or so years since the inception of modern MMA, it’s known how essential it is to properly blend some fundamental styles of martial arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Wresting, Judo, Sambo and others). During these years of learning and development, there has always been a lack of formalized training and conditioning from a scientific perspective. There have been too many training injuries, fights lost due to poor conditioning, dehydration, lack of flexibility, and a lack of understanding of the "science" of the body.
The MMACA was developed to bridge the gap between sports conditioning science, MMA training methods, and direct application for the ring, octagon or cage. MMACA does not instruct or certify coaches in specific fight strategies or styles. Certified coaches will also be taught multiple business models ranging from programs for general fitness enthusiasts to very high level training for professionals.
Details about the MMA Conditioning Association and the MMA Conditioning Coach Certification are found at http://www.mmaca.net