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June 2022 Student Newsletter


SPARbecue 2022 Was a Great Success!


Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy some great training, barbecue, and smoker fights. This year we did a things a little differently for our seminar, combining principles from MMA, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and emergency medicine to workshop some knife defense techniques. It worked really well! Students learned how to apply tourniquets under a variety of stressful situations and we simulated fighting with an armed opponent in a few scenarios. Definitely an eye-opener for many!


For our smoker fights we had at least 10 different gyms over 4 states represented, and as always we had good, clean, fair fights. The point of these matches is always to get fighters more experience, but we also put on a great show!


I want to take the opportunity to thank my staff, coaches, and fight team for the great event. You guys really made it happen! This year we had a great showing from the following fighters:


Sunny Vidhani

William Menjivar

Alexander Dalaki

Bryan Rodriguez

Julian Johnson


This event keeps getting better and better, so stay tuned for the next one!



 

Both Gyms Closed for Independence Day


On Monday, July 4th all classes will be canceled, with normal classes resuming Tuesday. Everyone have a fun, safe holiday!



 

Looking for More Gear? Check out our Online Pro Shop!


We have a great selection of branded apparel on our website available for purchase, above and beyond what we stock at the gyms. If you're looking for t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, shorts, leggings, etc. then head on over to our online pro shop:



All prices include shipping and these items are shipped directly to you. We're ready to take your order!



 

Recovery is Going Well!



On a more personal note, many of you are probably aware I've been out of the gym for a while with an injury. I've had problems with my spine for most of my life, and a career in martial arts probably hasn't done that any favors. Recently, however, I suffered some herniated discs in my neck and was unable to teach or train. Eventually the discs fragmented and were causing serious damage to the nerves in my arm, and I had to go in for surgery to correct the issue. I'm now the proud owner of two artificial discs in my neck, but fortunately I'm mostly pain-free and able to get back to doing what I love. Thank you all for the kindness and support!




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