Plamen is a dedicated student of martial arts from Bulgaria. He has been training for the last 14 years first in karate and kickboxing, before settling in for MMA for the last 5 years. Plamen truly enjoys the subtle nuances and intricacies both physical and mental that make martial arts the ultimate form of self-discovery. He has a few amateur kickboxing fights and currently trains with and helps a stable of professional and amateur MMA fighters.

Writing about martial arts is also something Plamen is passionate about, so he uses his accumulated knowledge to write news updates, technical breakdowns, analyses and other forms of content made to entertain and educate everyone interested in martial arts. 

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People have been wrestling for thousands of years, and many styles are still preserved. But two of the most popular forms of grappling are wrestling and Sambo. Wrestling is a pure grappling sport where the goal of the contest is to pin both shoulders of the opponent to the mat. Sambo is a Russian hybrid combat sport and martial art that allows submissions as a viable way to win and

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There are so many opinions on which martial arts are good for self-defense. Still, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very often near the top of such lists. But what makes it so effective on the street? The ability to control an opponent through leverage and techniques taught in BJJ makes it very good for self-defense. The grappling art has many practical applications and is suitable for people of all physical sizes. You

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Gi vs. no-gi grappling for MMA is a very opinionated topic. With successful fighters and coaches on both sides of the argument, it may be hard to decide how to train for the best results. Training in no-gi provides a better functional and physical representation of an MMA fight. Since there is no gi to use, the pace and feel are more comparable, making it more practical for MMA.  There

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Muay Thai is a brutal sport, and injuries are common in fights and training. As a kick-heavy sport, Thai boxing puts a lot of stress on the ankles and feet, so fighters must take care of them. One of the ways to do that is by using ankle supports.  Muay Thai fighters use ankle supports to stabilize their joints during fights and training. This minimizes the chance of rolling or

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There are many forms of kickboxing, each with its unique interpretation of punching and kicking. Two of the most distinct ones are Savate and Muay Thai, the respective combat sports of France and Thailand. The main difference between Savate and Muay Thai is in the kicking. In Muay Thai, fighters are barefoot, and kicks are delivered predominantly with the shin. In Savate, practitioners wear shoes, and only foot kicks are

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Boxing and kickboxing gloves are nearly identical, and you need to be into combat sports to notice the difference. These differences are subtle but are design decisions made to accommodate better the different needs boxing and kickboxing have. The difference between boxing and kickboxing gloves is in the padding distribution. Boxing gloves concentrate most of the padding on the knuckles, while kickboxing gloves are evenly distributed around the glove. Kickboxing

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