Hosted by BRB Management Group, Florida’s toughest amateur MMA and Muay Thai fighters, including former UCF Knight football player Muhammed “The Beast” De’Reese, will compete to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 20 scheduled fights.
There will be six US Amateur Title Fights (two Kickboxing and four MMA) including former UCF Knight football player, Muhammed “The Beast” De’Reese (9-0 and 3-Title Holder), as the Main Event MMA bout vs. Edgewater High’s Chaz “The Hawaiian kid” Rooks (6-0).
The Seven Fightgear booth will also be raising awareness for the Orlando Bully Rescue. Don’t miss this chance to check out the Seven Fightgear product line.
Tickets are on sale now through the UCF Arena Ticket Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-300 and all Ticketmaster outlets. There are also VIP tables available online at www.livecagefight.com.
The vast majority of athletes who practice MMA in fitness and training gyms across America aren’t competing in professional fights or even interested in that. They aren’t interested in trying to find a sponsor. They are everyday people who choose MMA to maintain their fitness level in a sport that offers a vigorous training program. Its business professionals, college students, mothers, runners, teachers – all interested in one thing: an exciting, fast-paced workout program that makes them strong and fit.
Most people don’t think of MMA as a fitness program, but if you talk to any fighter out there who is training for the professional circuit, they’ll tell you that nothing gets you in better shape than MMA training. Drew Dober, MMA fighter out of Omaha, Nebraska, says MMA is the most well-rounded fitness regimen. “MMA uses every part of your body. It builds your stamina from the first day in the gym,” says Dober. “MMA also isn’t a boring routine. It can be different every time you’re in the gym and that keeps you energized about it … you want more,” he says.
Because MMA is based on seven different types of martial arts, there are many techniques, styles, and training activities that can challenge any athlete. MMA strengthens a person’s body in ways that have long-term health benefits such as agility, stamina, endurance and flexibility. “You can’t make it through class if you’re not building your strength and your stamina. It keeps the weight off and I know my concentration and mental determination are better because of MMA,” says Dober. With that kind of endorsement, we wonder why it hasn’t become preventative health care for us as we grow older.
Grappling is one discipline that Drew Dober uses in his training. “Grappling teaches you to use strategy and skill to solve the problem rather than sparring. It is an effective self defense tool and it tests every muscle at near 100% effort – there’s no better workout than that,” says Dober. Experts in the industry say Grappling has many other benefits such as teaching patience and perseverance, goal setting, work ethics, stress relief and weight loss.
Grappling focuses on technique and leverage. Athletes of any size, strength or speed can become accomplished in grappling and learn to defend themselves and control their opponent in a safe and humane way. Students of grappling improve their balance, reflexes, coordination, self-esteem, discipline and confidence.
Drew Dober and Mirsad Bektic demonstrate some standard grappling techniques for Seven Fightgear below.
In this technique, Mirsad Bektic is going for an Armbar from the bottom.
Below Drew and Mirsad show several other techniques:
Top Left: Ground and Pound from Mount position
Top Center: Ground and Pound from Knee on Body
Top Right: Umaplata
Bottom: Arm Triangle from Side Control
To learn more about grappling, visit a local gym in your area or read here>
Drew Dober is ready for his December 15 fight for Victory Fighting Championship with Robert Rojas at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Dober says he spends 40+ hours in the gym and is always improving his technique. For tickets call 402-301-6044 or visit RalstonTix.com
Marques Jackson will be fighting at the Ultimate Blue Corner Battles November 30, 2012 at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, MO. Over the weekend, we spotted Marques training at Grind House MMA with his trainer Austen Ford.
Music: Chinese Man “I’ve Got That Tune”
Brian Davidson works out the Seven Focus Mitts wearing the American Style Boxing Gloves.
SEVEN: Is there a downside to training without wearing protective gear?
DOBER: I know some athletes do it, but gear is a very important part of keeping you safe and your body well enough to train often. It prevents unnecessary damage to your body and protects you from injuries, which gives you an opportunity to get into the gym everyday.
SEVEN: We know that safety is one reason to wearing training gear, but are there any other reasons?
DOBER: The weight of the gloves actually helps increase your speed. Plus, when you have confidence in your equipment, it gives you less to think about while training in such a demanding sport.
SEVEN: Some athletes say it hinders movement or gets in the way – would you agree?
DOBER: yes in a way. Weighing you down and hindering your movement are also benefits to wearing equipment because as you get use to wearing equipment it will help make you faster, stronger, and more mobile.
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Grappling Shin
Seven’s Grappling Shin Guard is noticeably different the minute you see it. The Seven Grappling Shin Guard answers the problem all athletes have with shin guards – shifting and repositioning.
The design includes a neoprene stretch fabric on the back that covers the entire leg so it slips on like a sock and fits like a glove — eliminating the problem with shifting. It’s lightweight and made of synthetic leather so it provides excellent protection for the shins and calves. It’s also cooler to wear due to the high quality moisture wicking material throughout the interior. Combine it with the Seven Open Face Headgear and Hybrid Training Glove for complete training protection.