Wednesday, August 22, 2012
NY Newsday: Mixed martial arts gains following on Long Island
Reality TV shows such as FX's "The Ultimate Fighter" and MTV's "Caged," along with the success of the Island's homegrown fighters, have fueled growth of the area's MMA schools, owners said. Participation among the core audience of 18- to 34-year-old men has increased, and expanded to include women as well as men in their 40s and 50s -- doctors, lawyers and housewives, among others. All are looking for a more challenging workout and empowerment from a sport that incorporates boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling techniques drawn from different martial arts....
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