12 year old, green belt, Paris Kumar’s essay on Mixed Martial Arts for School. Kids MMA Vancouver
What if a stranger grabbed you, punched you, took you down
and choked you out? If you knew martial arts, you could of
turned that bad situation around. Or, what if you have anger
and want to let it out, martial arts is a great exertion of energy
and it will help calm you down.
Dear Judges, teachers, parents and fellow students, today I
will be talking to you about MMA and the many ways it helps
If you donʼt know what MMA stands for, it is short for Mixed
Martial Arts.(As we use in our Kids MMA Vancouver program. )
One interesting fact about mixed martial arts is that it is a mix
of kickboxing, wrestling and take downs. In martial arts you
learn multiple defenses. There are defenses for stand up,
take downs and wrestling.
Martial arts builds confidence. If you know how to defend
yourself with martial arts, you will be more confident in bad
situations. Senseis also teach you how to avoid situations
with violence and to be aware of whatʼs around you. Even
though you may know martial arts it doesn’t mean that you
will or need to use it, it is there as a back up or last resort.
Mixed martial arts is fun! It keeps you busy and out of trouble.
It also keeps you fit. If you like challenging yourself mentally
and physically, start doing martial arts.
I go to Posenerʼs Pankration in Vancouver and I learn a lot
from martial arts. Many people think that martial arts is
violent, but it is actually very controlled and it is almost like a
physical game of chess.
Simon Posener, is the Shihan or master, at Posenerʼs
Pankration and we believe that you should always do your
best, and never quit. We follow five tenants at our dojo;
Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and
Indomitable Spirit. Most of the Senseiʼs at my dojo, started
martial arts at the age of 6 or 7 so they have lots of
We have won many trophies which we are very proud, yet
modest of winning. My training is called Pankration which is
a combination of kickboxing, submissions and grappling. The
classes that you can take at Posenerʼs Pankration are Muay
Thai kickboxing, Weapons, Submission Wrestling, Cardio
Muay Thai and Pankration. Yoga was recently included to
Some history on martial arts is that it only had two belt
colours. White and Black. This represented that all students
At Posenerʼs Pankration there are 9 belts, white, yellow,
orange, purple, green, (which I am), blue, red, red stripe,
junior black and black belt. For each belt, you achieve three
stripes and each stripe means that you have accomplished a
different level in the belt.
After you get three stripes, you test for your next belt at a belt
test. The belt tests are usually every 3 to 4 months and are
tests of endurance, technique and mental discipline.
Mixed martial arts helps build confidence, teaches you
mental discipline and self defense. Mixed martial arts is a
great sport and it is never too late to start. If you enjoy sports
and want a challenge, join martial arts. Mixed martial arts is
my passion and I would like to do it for the rest of my life.