is a synthesis of various styles of martial arts
such that the practitioner is free from only one style and able to use whatever is necessary to defeat the opponent. It varies from practitioner to practitioner in both technique
and effectiveness, and has become very popular in today's mixed martial arts
or vale tudo
Freestyle fighting does not mean the fighter is entirely void of style. It is instead a combination of any technique, style, or concept/philosophy. The term freestyle is generic and can be used by anyone at any time. The name is thought to mean the same as mixed martial arts, which refers to the combat sport. Freestyle fighting can refer to using anything possible, including things that are not allowed in competitions like biting and eye gouging unlike "mixed martial arts."
The name "freestyle fighter" may be used by anyone who chooses to use it. A Karateka
may use freestyle fighting if he prefers because it is a generally open term though usually when someone is a freestylist, they emphasize independently observing techniques to learn how they are used. In Puerto Rico
, freestyle Goju-ryu
is commonly practiced by Goju-ryu practitioners who felt the art was too crystallized or too linear and began to research it themselves to find what is practical. This is one example of freestyle fighting.
There are also those athletes who refer to their styles as freestyle such as Zen Do......