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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Different combat sports have different fight times, both in terms of the number of rounds and the length of those rounds. In the late 1990s, the UFC decided that 5 minutes was the best round duration for mixed martial arts contests, and this remains the norm today. In the UFC, a non-title fight is 3 rounds, while title fights are always 5 rounds and main events. When you add the

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Combat sports demand a lot from the body, and scrapes and bruises are an innate part of practice. Thankfully, nowadays, we can use a lot of equipment that makes our life as martial artists easier and safer. A mandatory piece of gear in every gym bag is MMA shin guards. There are many different models on the market. Still, they all need to provide sufficient protection and the least amount

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The hands are susceptible to injuries when put through frequent and heavy impacts. The many small bones, tendons, and joints are easily damaged when they collide with a very hard object like the skull. The primary reason fighters wrap their hands is to compact everything together and prevent injuries. Not to add power to the punches, as some people believe. Although, when a fighter feels his hands are safe, he does

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Combat sports demand a lot from the body, and scrapes and bruises are an innate part of practice. Thankfully, nowadays, we can use a lot of equipment that makes our life as martial artists easier and safer.A mandatory piece of gear in every gym bag is MMA shin guards. There are many different models on the market. Still, they all need to provide sufficient protection and the least amount of

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One of the few traditional martial arts that have found a place in MMA is Taekwondo. Kicks are an integral part of MMA, and the Korean martial art is solely focused on kicking, which makes it an excellent base to build on in MMA. But in a direct fight, MMA obliterates Taekwondo. The narrow focus of Taekwondo leaves too many gaps that any MMA fighter can easily exploit. Sports Taekwondo

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A beginner boxer may get away with training with one pair of gloves. However, ff you are even moderately serious, you need a pair of bag and sparring gloves at the least. The main difference is that the bag gloves are designed only to protect the hands, while the sparring gloves protect your partner. So the bag gloves are usually lighter and thinner, while the sparring gloves are much heavier

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