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Plymouth based Mixed Martial Arts Team successful at SWFC
Plymouth-based mixed martial art team, from Master St' James Black Belt Academy, had a successful evening at SWFC including one member winning the Welterweight title, in Torquay on Sunday 24th March 2013.
Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is one of the oldest combat sports on the planet, and can trace its history back to the Pancration contests of the Ancient Greek Olympics. MMA recently became popular again with the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Modern Mixed Mixed Martial Arts combines elements from striking arts such as Boxing, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo with grappling arts like Judo, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
MMA contests are normally fought in a Cage, many people view this as barbaric. However, this is miss conception. Using a cage provides the fighters the greatest level of safety.
The team from Master St'James Black Belt Academy, comprised four members. All of them were well prepared having done an 8 week training camp specifically for this event.
Philip Kite, a resident of Torpoint, fought Billy Wisher in the lightweight -70kg division. This was an incredibly close fight, that went all three rounds. Both fighters landed some good strikes and take-downs. Unfortunately, the judges gave the split decision win to Phil's opponent as he seemed the more aggressive.
Steve "Eddie" Edwards faced Leighton Williams in the Welterweight division. This another was a close fight, that went to judges decision. However, Eddie showed the greater skill and was able to dominate his much larger opponent in all areas of the fight and was awarded the unanimous decision win.
Louis Aitken, from Plymouth, fought Luke Barbour in a K-1 fight. K-1 is a style that incorporates techniques from Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Louis, who is only seventeen, gave up several years and several inches in height to Barbour. However, Louis dominated the first two rounds utilising a dizzing array of Kicks and Punches in lighting fast combinations. Louis even managed to scored a knock down in the second round when he landed with a crisp overhand punch. In the final round Babour started to mount a comeback, however it proved to little too late and Louis won the unanimous Decision victory.
The fight was immediately declared fight of the night and subsequently Louis has been given a title shot for SWFC K-1 championship.
Last up was Marc Doyle, fought for the SWFC Welterweight title against Nick Mingo from Exmouth. Doyle's plan was simple to take Mingo to the ground and control the fight from there. Mingo managed to defend several takedown attempts at the start of the rounds, however eventually Doyle was able to score the takedown and dominated every round. At the end of the fight Doyle was awarded the victory and became the new SWFC Welterweight champion.
Head Coach of Master St' James Black Belt Academy, Tom Barlow, said of the fighters "We are very proud of how all the guys fought, win or lose. They all acted like true professionals inside and out of the cage. We will now go back to train and fix any of the mistakes they made, in preparation for their next contests."
To find out more about Master St’James Black Belt Academy, contact Tom on 01752 262233 (tel:01752%20262233) or visit http://www.martialartsplymouth.co.uk and take advantage of our 30 Day Free Trial.