A Brief History of Shuai Jiao

A Brief History of Shuai Jiao

Unless you’re really into your different wrestling styles you’ve probably not heard of Shuai Jiao. The modern usage of the term refers to any Chinese style of wrestling. But originally it meant jacket wrestling – kind of like an old school equivalent of the modern Russian sport of Sambo

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A Brief History of Vale Tudo

A Brief History of Vale Tudo

There’s a chance you’ve heard of Vale Tudo (if you’ve watched MMA long enough you’ve probably heard it referenced somewhere). You might know that MMA developed from Vale Tudo, but do you know much about the Brazilian fighting style itself?

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A Brief History of MMA

A Brief History of MMA

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the biggest sports on the planet at current – ONE Championship averaged 29 million viewers per event in 2019 (according to their CEO Chatri Sidyodtong) the UFC was involved in the largest sports acquisition in history when it sold to WME-IMG for four billion dollars and the sport has generated superstar athletes like Conor McGregor who have surpassed the sport and became household names. Not bad for a sport that was widely banned and compared to human cockfighting in the not too distant past. But how did this global phenomenon come to be the sport it is today?

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A Brief History of Kickboxing

A Brief History of Kickboxing

The term kickboxing can have a pretty broad application. Technically it refers to any stand up martial art that allows kicking and punching and so covers a pretty broad spectrum of styles. The narrower focus of the name would be styles that identify as kickboxing, which still includes a lot of sports, but for the sake of this article we’ll be focusing on the history of Japanese Kickboxing, and its spread to Europe, and North American Kickboxing which has similar roots but developed separately. Alongside Muay Thai, which we’ve covered separately, much of modern kickboxing has come from these styles.

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A Brief History of Capoeira

A Brief History of Capoeira

Capoeira is an unusual style of martial art that has an Afro-Brazilian origins, focuses predominantly on using your lower body to kick, sweep and take your opponents down, though elbow and hand strikes are also incorporated, and is designed to allow a fighter who’s outnumbered to take on even armed enemies.

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Wai Kru, Mongkol and Prajioud; Ancient Traditions in Modern Muay Thai

Wai Kru, Mongkol and Prajioud; Ancient Traditions in Modern Muay Thai

With shows like ONE Championship putting Muay Thai, a martial art with a long and storied history, at the centre of some seriously high profile events they’ve given Muay Thai a platform and reach that it’s never really achieved before. At FQ we love ONE Championship, and we’re incredibly pleased to see our favourite martial art reach so many new fans, and fighters get rewarded for the years of hard work they put into their training, but it’s easy to see that some of the traditions that go alongside it might get pushed to one side, or be seen but not understood. We want to do our part to help people new to Muay Thai to understand the significance of some of what they see in big shows like ONE, and what they might encounter if they branch out and watch Muay Thai from different promotions!

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FQ’s 2020 Christmas Gift List

FQ's 2020 Christmas Gift List

It’s nearly that time of year again, when you have to struggle to think of what christmas present you’re going to buy for the fighter in your life (or add to your own christmas list!). As always, everyone at FQ has your back and we’ve put together the ultimate fighters christmas gift list full of things we want to ask Santa for. These are roughly put into a price order (high-low) and, while we’ve included examples, we’ve not personally tested all of the products on this list!

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Our Five Favourite Fighters From the One Championship Roster

Our Five Favourite Fighters From the One Championship Roster

We’re big fans of One Championship here at FQ, and we’ve put together a list of our five favourite fighters. If you haven’t already heard of them then make sure you keep an eye one them – you won’t regret it!

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A Brief History of Sambo

A Brief History of Sambo

Sambo is a Russian martial arts developed during the soviet era. It was designed to teach soldiers of the red army hand-to-hand combat skills. The name is an acronym of “samozashchita bez oruzhiya” which means “self defence without weapons”, and it was designed to incorporate the most effective elements of several martial arts into one discipline.

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A Detailed Guide to Choosing the Best Muay Thai Shorts – Part 2

A Detailed Guide to Choosing the Best Muay Thai Shorts - Part 2

In Part 1 of our guide to Muay Thai shorts, we helped you understand the history, fit and styling of Muay Thai shorts, as well as a little about their use in celebrity culture. In this second part of the article, we’ll now be taking a closer look at the different brands and how they fare.

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FQ’s Last Minute Christmas Gifts

FQ’s Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner and we all know the stress of last minute present buying; especially if you aren’t sure what to get someone. FQ always have your back though and we’ve put together a list of stocking-fillers that the fighters in your life will appreciate. To make it even better for you we’ve made sure every product we’ve suggested is available on Amazon Prime, so you can take advantage of that one day delivery to get hold of it before the big day – depending on your area the last day for Prime orders is the 22nd or 23rd of December, so you’ve got a couple of days to take advantage.

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The Worst Tattoos In The UFC

The Worst Tattoos in the UFC

Last week we brought you the best tattoos the UFC had to offer. This week we’re flipping the criteria, and looking at those dodgy pieces of work that most people would probably keep covered up – assuming their job isn’t to strip down to a pair of shorts and fight someone in a cage for money. Here’s a few of the most questionable tattoos you’ll find in the octagon.

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The Best Tattoos in the UFC

The Best Tattoos in the UFC

Tattoos are pretty prevalent in 2019 and nowhere more so than inside the Octagon. It’s rare to find a fighter without some sort of ink, but that definitely doesn’t mean that all tattoos are created equal – there’s some seriously questionable art work in the MMA world. That being said, there’s also some truly awesome work, and we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the best tattoos in the UFC roster.

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Is there a Copycat Problem in the Boxing Equipment Industry?

Is there a copycat problem in the boxing equipment industry?

In recent weeks, Rival Boxing CEO Russ Anber vented his frustration towards a certain Adidas boxing glove release, which shared a few too similarities with Rival’s own boxing gloves. It’s not our place to comment on the legitimacy of this claim, but it did get us wondering whether this is just a symptom of a bigger issue across the boxing industry.

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The Most Beautiful Boxing Gloves on the Market

The Most Beautiful Boxing Gloves on the Market

Here at FQ we’re about performance as much as looks. A great pair of boxing gloves needs to look good but also serve its purpose. That being said, there’s always going to be part of us that loves the feeling of taking an amazing looking pair of gloves out of your gym bag and feeling your training partners envious looks. 

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The Best Fighter Nicknames (Part 2 – The Badass)

The Best Fighter Nicknames (Part 2 - The Badass)

Nicknames and fighters have always gone together, with the best ones becoming more well known that the fighters actual names; like ‘Money’ Mayweather or ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Some people go as intimidating as possible with their nicknames, some are boastful, a fair few are funny and quite a lot are terrible. Here at Fight Quality we’ve put together a list of our favourite badass fighter nicknames for you to enjoy:

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Five UFC Fights That We Want To See In 2019

Five UFC Fights That We Want To See In 2019

We saw quite a few big UFC moments in 2018, big wins, upsets, and champions being toppled as well as fighter trades, controversy, and dolly’s being thrown through bus windows. But as we’re heading deeper into 2019 Fight Quality is starting to think of the fight’s that we want to see happen before the end of the year.

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