Mark Tullius Offers a Family-Friendly Platform for MMA: An Animated MMA Reality Series

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A new animated MMA reality series takes a family-friendly look inside the cage. While “family-friendly” and “MMA” may not often go in the same sentence, Tullius discovered that martial arts can be a powerful way to improve lives when he traveled to 100 gyms across the country and interviewed 400 fighters.

I have been humbled and inspired by the MMA world, and I'm motivated to share its message.

When Mark Tullius began his mixed martial arts (MMA) project, Unlocking the Cage, in 2012, he didn’t know what to expect. One thing is for certain, though: he did not expect to produce an animated MMA reality series. Although he dedicated several years to fighting after graduating from Brown University, he turned away from the sport and began the study partly out of a fear that his young daughter might follow in his footsteps. He never understood why he had fought and he hoped that by asking hundreds of other fighters that same question, he might come up with an answer for himself.

His original plan to simply write a book and conduct a sociological study expanded when he realized he had a story worth sharing as many ways as possible, that these fighters had messages others should hear. In his travels to 100 gyms across America, Mark has taken thousands of photographs, written blogs, filmed nearly 400 fighter interviews, and is producing a full-length documentary.

Besides his focus on the fighters, Mark has paid special attention to MMA for both children and adults, speaking with hundreds of parents and participants of all ages. He believes that the martial arts can be incredibly powerful, a way to improve lives and sometimes save them. Tullius says, "I have been humbled and inspired by the MMA world, and I'm motivated to share its message. Mixed martial arts offer so much to practitioners of all ages. I encourage everyone to train and discover how it makes them a more fulfilled person."

To get this message to this audience, he has developed a family-friendly animated reality series. Take a look at the pilot by visiting

Mark Tullius

Mark Tullius is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in sociology. He is also a former MMA fighter who has traveled across the country to 100 MMA gyms to take an in-depth look at the sport, the fighters, and why the fighters compete. His book chronicling these experiences, Unlocking the Cage is set for release during the summer of 2014.

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