How to Pick a Fight in Westchester

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is surging in popularity nationwide and acrros the county. It’s time you got in the cage.

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 Michael Chirico, owner of and trainer at Westchester Fight Club, lands a kick. photo courtesy of westchester fight club

Fighting solves nothing. This is untrue—there are plenty of problems with solutions at the business end of a swift roundhouse kick. There’s the problem of obesity and poor health; there’s sexual assault and domestic violence; there’s stress, fatigue, low self-esteem, and discipline and behavioral issues. 

Okay, so obviously we’re not advocating street brawls here. But there is a kind of combat fighting that is distinctly constructive, and it’s gaining in popularity across the country: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and its contingent combat sports of Muay Thai, a Thai kickboxing art known as the “Science of Eight Limbs” because it incorporates strikes from the arms, elbows, legs, and knees; Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), a submission-based competitive ground sport involving throws, joint-locks, and choke-holds; and a host of others. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has brought MMA fighting into the pop consciousness and acolytes into gyms around the County, with high-profile fighters, big personalities, and large-arena fights. But the vast majority of County residents training in one or more martial arts are doing so for reasons outside the spotlight. Here’s why and where you should be joining them.



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