Influx of other Martial Arts
The rise of these promotions has also given space to disciplines generally not seen in the US or Europe, and helped to preserve and revitalize local martial traditions. The influx of BJJ, Sambo, Freestyle Wrestling, and European Kickboxing has also had a great impact on gyms in Asia, what they teach, who teaches there, and what is available not only to fighters, but to the general public.
Fighting organizations across Asia began seeing the opportunity MMA brought, and fighters normally confined to the Kickboxing, Sanda, Muay Thai, or boxing circuits now had reason to study different disciplines (most notably Brazilian Jiujitsu or “BJJ”) and try their hand at mixed martial arts.
Mainland China has been perhaps the slowest to adapt MMA to their sprawling combat sports and martial arts infrastructure, but now that MMA promotions have the license to put on shows, the market there is exploding. China has a vast network of sports universities and martial arts academies that, for the most part, remain insulated from the rest of the world. The Sanda circuit is a most salient example.