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Hybrid martial arts, also known as hybrid fighting systems or sometimes eclectic martial arts or freestyle martial arts, referred to as mixed martial arts or fighting systems that incorporate techniques and theories from several martial arts. While numerous martial arts borrow or adapt from other arts and to some extent could be considered hybrids, a hybrid martial art emphasizes its disparate origins.


The idea of hybridization or "mixing" of martial arts traditions originates in the 5th century BC. The concept rose to wide popularity during 5th century BC in Greek Olympic game Pankration, which uses aspects derived from various arts including boxing and wrestling.

Notable Hybrid Martial Arts

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Hybrid martial arts are systems that blend techniques and philosophies from multiple traditional martial arts, creating comprehensive and adaptable methods for self-defense, sport, and combat. These arts typically integrate striking, grappling, and weapons training, allowing practitioners to handle various combat scenarios effectively.

Some notable hybrid martial arts include:

These hybrid martial arts highlight the diversity and adaptability of martial systems, drawing from various disciplines to create effective methods for different contexts. They illustrate the evolution and integration of martial arts practices across cultures and time periods.

See also


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