Nick Pica dominates the competition to claim the FIVE Graplling Purple Belt Championship. Nick also took 2nd place in the NoGi division. In other news JT Donaldson participated in his first kickboxing tournament over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although JT registered for K-1 Rules division he was switched to the Low-kick division at the last minute for unexplained reasons. Despite the rule change he was able to make it to the finals where he lost to the defending champion on points.
JT "Grandma's Boy" Donaldson wins big in Hawaii and takes home the ISCF Pacific Rim Featherweight Title in just over 1 minute of the first round! JT faced off with the very tough Anthony Riveria of the famed Jesus is Lord gym who is considered one of the best up-and-coming fighters on the Hawaiian MMA circuit. Despite giving up height and reach JT initiated the striking attack on Riveria prompting his opponent to shoot a takedown. Although JT locked up a gullotine his opponent was able to break free and land a series of punches even advancing to mount briefly. JT was quickly able to escape the position back to his feet locking up a kimaura grip in the process. When his opponent slammed him it was the beginning of the end as JT was able to use the impact of the throw to his advantage breaking his opponents grip. From there it was only a matter of time until Riveria was forced to tap out and the Grandma's Boy was crowed the champion.
Artem Levin is coming to the Bay Area on May 8th! Mr. Levin will be here for one day only don't miss your chance to learn from one of the most accomplished fighters of our time! Artem Levin is a brilliant Russian thaiboxer with ingenious fight style. He is one of the most highly awarded athlete in Russian Muay Thai: Merited Master of Sports, #1 Ranked 85KG GLORY Kickboxer, WMC-EMF European champion, It’s Showtime and WBC World champion, five- time IFMA World champion, five-time IFMA European champion and two-time SportAccord Combat Games champion.
We are fundraising for Matt Baker's trip to the 2014 IFMA World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia. The tournament will take place from May 1st - May 10th, 2014. The IFMA World Championships is the worlds largest and most prestigious MuayThai tournament. IFMA is the worlds most recognized governing body of amateur Muay Thai consisting of 128 member countries worldwide with 5 continental federations. IFMA is officially recognised by SportAccord, the Olympic Council of Asia, WADA and TAFISA.
Want to kick like Tyrone Spong? Well check out this great video breaking down the science behind the kicking technique of Glory kickboxing kingpin Tyrone "King of the Ring" Spong.
2012 IFMA Bronze Medalist Matt Baker has qualified to represent the USA at the WKA World Kickboxing Championships in Tuscany, Italy. Matt won the 2013 WKA North American Championships at 85kg and placed 2nd in the open weight category as well. All expenses for the tournament are left to the athletes so every bit helps and no ammount is to small. Sponsorship opportunites are available please contact us for more information.
Jimmy Machado makes his return to the ring to settle the score against AKA's Phil Devera at Muay Thai Global 2. Jimmy and Phil put on the fight of the night that last time they met at ECS with both fighters going toe-to-toe all three rounds. In the end the judges ruled the fight a draw promting this rematch. Jimmy Machado and Phil Devera will do battle again and this time it's with elbow's!