The purpose of this book is to teach the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), which involves boxing, kicking, striking, wrestling, and grappling, to fi ghters, both amateur and professional, and fans who want to get more out of the sport. People who want to add mixed martial arts to their training in a more specifi c art such as karate, aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, tae kwon do, wrestling, and so on, along with recreational athletes who do mixed martial arts to stay fi t and happy and those who study mixed martial arts for self-defense purposes, will all get a lot out of this volume. While it aims to be complete, including a detailed section on the history of the game and extensive chapters describing and explaining skills, strategies, and fi ghting, minor moves and strategies are passed over to allow for focus on the most effective elements of this game. Also, only sport-specifi c topics are treated. Thus, generic weight lifting and endurance training regimens are left for fi tness books to handle in more detail. Although the models wear T-shirts and shorts to make them easier to distinguish, this book is written for all forms of the sport, ranging from gi (wearing grappling jacket and pants) to no gi to shorts only, and from full to semi to light contact. However, due to all the myriad rule systems abounding in the world, we have taken the no gi full-contact form of this sport as its theoretical base for our purposes here.