Medieval MMA, also known as “Mixed Martial Arts”, is a hybrid martial art that combine various traditional forms of fighting with the latest evolution of striking, submissions, and wrestling. Medieval MMA was developed by people who practiced “unarmed combat”. Not only was this a very efficient method for survival, but it also provided fighters a chance to learn more about the weapon they used, and perhaps one of the most important types of weapons during those times were the swords. Medieval fighters would learn how to ward off their enemies with their own deadly skills and learn how to use the various parts of the sword to injure or kill their enemies. This was the time when the concept of wearing padded gear became popular, and many fighters would add a shield to their attire.
One of the most unique attributes of medieval me is that it didn’t need any protective padding or ghillie suits. Many fighters would fight barefooted, and any type of clothing they wore was more intended for utility than protection. For instance, fighters wore breeches made from cloth that was tied around their ankles, so that they wouldn’t slip or slide in the mud or snow. Often, fighters would fight in arenas or just outdoors on a field, and even these matches had rules about being barefoot.
However, there were still some differences between the medieval map styles and their corresponding equipment. While padded gear kept fighters safe, it did not offer any real protection when it came to fighting with a sword. The problem was that the medieval match wasn’t going to last very long, and when the fighters decided that it was time to retire or seek peace, the only thing that they could do was to cut their own throat with their sword. This of course left them vulnerable to being cut down. Fortunately, however, there were several types of padded garments that could be worn to help keep the fighter safe and allow him to withdraw safely without risking his or her life. These protective armours were called cuirasses and greaves.
In addition to the cuirasses and greaves, there were also padded coats known as m-1 attire. This m-1 apparel had padding even up the thighs and torso and even contained a layer of padding along the bottom for extra protection. These were designed specifically for fighters to wear during both amateur and professional fights. Some m-1 clothes also had additional features such as reinforced Kevlar armour over the body, which was an incredibly strong weapon used by many fighters. Some fighters even had greaves and m-1 coats that they used in place of their regular padded street clothes, sometimes even being seen wearing these two protective outfits at once.
Some mixed martial arts fighters were even able to wear full suits of armor. These full suits of armor were called crushers, which was much heavier than typical m-1 clothing and yet very protective. One of the primary differences between a medieval fighter and a medieval crusher is that a medieval fighter’s weapon was usually a mace or sword while a crusher’s weapon was a lance. Medieval armor was designed to protect the lower part of the body, whereas a modern fighter’s outfit is more concerned with creating greater strength and protection at the wrist, torso, legs, and head/neck areas.
Another difference between medieval fighting and mixed martial arts fighting is the implementation of striking. While strikes in mixed martial arts competition are not permitted, many fighters in various tournaments utilized different striking techniques to create submission and advantage throughout the match. A common strike in medieval fights was to the throat or neck and was considered extremely dangerous and even deadly during the times. The first recorded instance of a throat strike happening in a mixed martial arts competition was during the reign of King John of Scotland, who was not known for his strikes but rather his powerful grabs and arm grabs. One of the first recorded instances of a neck grab happened during the times of King Edward I of England, where he grabbed the throat of his opponent causing him great injury. This example of a throat grab is often referenced as proof of the power of a throat strike in medieval fights.
The last major difference between medieval fighting and mixed martial arts fighting is that medieval fighters were not allowed to wear any type of protective armour, usually except for greaves. Greaves in the medieval period were constructed out of leather and provided ample protection to the lower part of the body. Wearing armour on a regular basis during the times was not allowed due to the fear of falling or being pierced by arrows or swords. While some fighters during these times wore greaves or other forms of body armour to increase their chances of winning a fight, they were otherwise unprotected and vulnerable to attack from any number of weapons.
The weapon used during medieval times is also very different between the MMA and m-1 medieval periods. While medieval fighters would mostly use two handed weapons like the mace or battle axe, m-1 fighters would use one handed weapons such as the sword or short sword. This weapon was primarily used as a means of close range damage and was effective against larger opponents. However, if a m-1 participant were to fight a larger opponent with a one-handed weapon, the result could be deadly. In addition, many m-1 fighters trained with several smaller weapons to ensure that they had an advantage over larger opponents.
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