Jessica: Mixed Martial World came about because we became disillusioned with the martial arts community. In the last year tons of negative acts have surfaced surrounding the BJJ and MMA community. We felt the need to steer the community back in the right direction and help weed out the negative characters within our community as best we could. So the idea for a site that would promote those people living the martial way and give recognition to positives was hatched.
Bret: We want to showcase the positive side of our community. We hope to let people in on the rare side of things; the things not many people know about, and steer far away from the grudge matching and drama of typical MMA news. The site also focuses on philanthropy, martial arts education, and wellness, because we feel those things are important. We hope to eventually become a true non-profit and help the world through martial arts.
How important is it to you that the site is owned and operated by people that actually train?
Jessica: We think it’s paramount to our success and the success of the site. We have a deeply meaningful mission with this site, and if we didn’t train and live the martial way, then we wouldn’t care enough to work so hard and see it through.
One struggle that we've had is finding balance. How do you balance the duties of training while also promoting your message?
Bret: Well we work real jobs, and train, and workout, and have a life, and still manage to keep the site up and running.
Jessica: It comes from the fact that we don’t see the site as a chore, it is part of our daily lives and we love it. It has gotten great review and success in its short life so far, even beating out some big name sites in popularity so were really happy about that. We just want to keep spreading a positive message and hope that the martial arts community helps us achieve our goal of righting the wrong in society, starting with our community and then the world as a whole.
Are there any topics or guests that you think the grappling community has failed to report on?
Jessica: Tons! That is why we have our site and try to bring those topics to you guys. We want to show the people and topics that never get much credit but should, or the people that get tons of credit but always have to give the same old interviews because the lack of depth of most interviews.
If you could choose one article from mixedmartialworld.com that exemplifies your mission statement, what would it be? Why?
Jessica: For sure the article we did with our good friends Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack about 021 and their charity efforts in the favelas in Brazil. This is exactly the message we are trying to get out there. The exemplification of charity through martial arts!
Bret: A close second would be our article on Bushido, which in essence is the way we try and live our lives and hope to inspire others to live as well. Loyalty, honor, honesty, respect, kindness, valor, and rectitude!
How can people help support the site?
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, read our site regularly and support us by sharing our articles. If you have any opportunities to help us out and do some good then please contact us and let us know! And more media attention always helps! Also look out for our charity efforts like our patch sale coming up soon. We hope to get tons of people in the combat sports community wearing our patches on their Gis and fight shorts to show that we all want a better world through martial arts, and ALL the money we get from the patches will go directly to charity.
Any sponsors or people you'd like to thank?
We’d like to thank Zebra Mats, Sun Warrior, and Tatami Fighwear for helping us out. Also we'd like to thank Brian Jones our resident PhD professor strong man and everyone that has supported the sites development so far. Also special thanks to Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Splinter! And Chuck Norris, definitely Chuck Norris!