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The Evolution of Music and Mixed Martial Arts


Music has the potential to alter a persons state of consciousness, effect mood and help focus. According to research conducted by Oliver Sacks, humans keep time to music, involuntarily, even when not consciously paying attention to it. Oliver Sacks is the Author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories as well as physician, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. If humans have the ability to memorize combinations and other forms in martial arts, can that be put to music, since we keep time subconsciously?

While scientist are still studying the effects of music on the brain, several studies have shown that music therapy has been beneficial to stroke patients, Alzheimer’s patients and children with anxiety. There is no denying that Music plays a role in our emotions and our lives in general.

I guess that is why it is no surprise that music is starting the cross over into Mixed Martial Arts, as they are both, in fact, arts. The crossover has slowly evolved from walk out music to media sponsorships. It is undeniable that music motivates, it can get fighters thinking through movements imagining their game plan, and focused on the ultimate goal of winning.

One such media company is Deaththrob Media out of New Jersey. They have recently put out videos highlighting combat sports and their participants. It has offered fighters exposure from Bellator Fighters, to world renowened grapplers, as well as inspiring the music industry itself. We talked to Deathrob Medias’ (Feature Video) Brendan Healy who stated

“Our music and media helps hype fighters and fights. Some days when you don’t feel like getting up and training we designed sound to help you get through it”

We will be keeping our eyes and ears out to see how these crossovers evolve over time. How media and MMA intertwine, but more importantly its impact. Combat sports involve so many skill sets, there are so many tools to help motivate strengthen and balance that talent, will music become one of those tools indefinitely?

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Autumn Ziemba
Autumn’s interest in Martial Arts began in her early teens through her father and brother. They trained together for several years. During those years she was also active in Sports. Autumn took a break from Martial Arts and athletics to pursue her education. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Oneonta State College in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-professional Human Services. She then studied Social Sciences at Binghamton University receiving her Masters in Social Science in 2009. Her passion lies in Gender equality for sports and facets of Mixed Martial Arts. She currently works as a Criminal Justice Professional. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys engaging with people of various backgrounds to gain an understanding of different perspectives in the world of MMA.