Extreme Martial Arts is an evolution in the sport of martial arts and is often referred to as XMA or Xtreme Martial Arts.
Xtreme martial arts were greatly effected by the surge and popularity of the martial arts in the movies and on television.
Xtreme Martial Arts has a strong emphasis on showmanship and can be a combination, even at times a fusion, of acrobatics, gymnastics, dance performance and traditional martial arts.
XMA can be performed either open handed or with weapons. XMA practitioners will perform a combination of martial arts kata(forms) set at an X Games style pace.
All from different martial art styles, blending in high-flying acrobatics and gymnastics techniques. Many Extreme martial artists have training in other more traditional martial arts.
It is really something to watch and is often accompanied by dance music and flashy costumes. There are even XMA competitions, they are sometimes held in a separate division of traditionally open martial arts tournaments.
The popularity of the xtreme martial arts has even spawned a complete XMA product line by Century Martial Arts supply company.
Martial arts tricking is a spin off of XMA and has become very a popular xtreme sport over the past years as well. Unlike the XMA performed at martial art tournaments, martial art tricks are performed on grass, regular flooring and even concrete. Several martial arts and super hero movies have used tricking in there movie stunts.
As with anything in the martial arts world there are those who strongly criticize this form of extreme martial sport.
Here is a short list of complaints along with my comments on each criticism.
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Although extreme martial arts have always existed in one form or another. It was Michael Chaturantabut, aka Mike Chat, who created the Xtreme martial arts system and helped turn this obscure phenomenon into a very popular sport and art form.
In 2003, Mike Chaturantabut appeared in the Xtreme Martial Arts DVD. He and Matt Mullins fight their way through an open martial arts tournament.
East meets West in a stunning application of visual technologies and the bio mechanical secrets behind the world's martial arts were revealed for the first time in this show.
At the time it revealed a unique graphic technique that allowed for "in-the-body" animation of joints and muscles, creating fighting and sparring scenes unlike anything that had been seen before.
Below is a short video of Mike Chat performing a XMA demo.