BETA Academy’s Head Instructor, Khun Kru Nakapan Phungephorn, embodies the key to victory in Mixed Martial Arts - versatility. Over the course of his successful career in the Mixed Martial Arts, he cross- trained in a number of different styles with some of the best coaches in the country. After testing his superior skills and devastating many of his opponents in the ring, Nakapan adapted only the most effective techniques to form BETA Academy’s Mixed Martial Arts Program.
As a result of Nakapan’s life- long journey in the Martial Arts and the superior coaching skills of our instructors, BETA Academy’s champions are well-rounded fighters who combine the grounded strengths of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the standing potencies of Thai Boxing to effectively defend themselves on their feet and on the ground. Our versatile fighters also execute a seamless transition between the two arts by taking opponents to the ground.
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ABOUT BETA ACADEMY’S MIXED MARTIAL ARTS COMPETITION TEAM
BETA Academy trains both Amateur and Professional MMA fighters. Although our Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu and Thai Boxing programs are designed so that everyone can learn the martial arts, fighting is not for everyone and the MMA Competition Team is no different. Members of the elite MMA Competition Team are thus hand picked from the upper ranks of our Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu programs. It is those who show dedication and determination in training are invited to join the team.
Gone are the days in which combatants could dominate a fight with the mastery of only one aspect of the sport. Our physically and mentally demanding MMA classes are exclusively reserved for members of our Competition Team who practice both Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Thai Boxing. Watch as 3 members of our Competition Team prepare for their very first Muay Thai bout at Combat Sports Challenge 31 here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BETA ACADEMY’S MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM
- How do I join the MMA class?
Students must be part of the MMA Competition Team in order to participate in MMA classes.
- How do I join the BETA Academy MMA Competition Team?
Students are given invitations to try out for the MMA Competition Team by the Head Instructor, Khun Kru Nakapan.
- When do you hold MMA training sessions?
MMA training schedules are distributed directly to competition team members. Training sessions are generally held in the late evenings.
ABOUT MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
The practice of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) can be traced back to the Olympic Games of ancient Greece. More than an Olympic sporting event, it formed the basis of all combat training for Greek soldiers - including the famous Spartan hoplites and Alexander the Great's Macedonian phalanx.
Pankration, as it was known in the ancient world, combined elements of both boxing and wrestling to create a broad fighting sport similar to today's mixed martial arts. A match was won by submission of the opponent or by the opponent's incapacitation. A contestant could signal submission by raising his finger. However, at times a contestant was submitted to unconsciousness and sometimes even death.
As was the case with early mixed martial arts contests of the early 1990s, these ancient Greek events had neither weight divisions nor time limits. In fact, referees were armed with stout rods or switches to enforce the sole two rules: no biting and no gouging. Pankration was later adopted by the Romans and was abolished shortly thereafter.
2000 years later, mixed martial arts has reemerged in present day competitions, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, after vanishing for many centuries. As a result of the endeavors of modern day combatants such as Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and others, the sport is once again growing in popularity.
Modern mixed martial arts have evolved into a full- contact, no holds-barred combat sport that utilizes a wide range of fighting techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. The combination of stand-up striking and defense techniques of Thai Boxing and grappling techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be one of the most effective fighting combinations in MMA competitions.