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Lisa Newton and Claire Brannan

Lisa Newton and Claire Brannan Lisa v Gemma Lisa was originally supposed to fight MMA but her opponent dropped out with an injury and Lisa accepted a kickboxing fight. Then the opponent for that pulled out on the morning of the show with a ‘I’m not coming’ phone call. Gemma was supposed to be boxing and had a similar situation with a very late pullout. So Lisa said fine I’ll fight boxing, for the first time, and took the fight.

Lisa Newton and Claire Brannan

The two ladies went toe to toe for the first minute but better cardio and footwork gave Lisa Newton the advantage and she began to pick Gemma off, driving her into the cage and forcing her to cover up in the first round. The second round was more of the same, Lisa opened up and Gemma received 2 warnings for dropping her head low. Lisa then came flying back in and Gemma had no option but to cover up as Lisa through straight and hook combinations to force the ref to step in and end the fight.

Lisa Newton and Claire Brannan
Lisa Newton and Claire Brannan

Claire v Steve So we held a male v female fight. People on the boards in the UK were giving it the old males have better cardio and more power etc speak but Claire soon proved the old adage wrong. She had a solid first round catching Steve with her powerful right hooks and took the first round. The second was a lot closer as Steve upped his work rate and caught Claire with a couple of uppercuts and a round house kick to the head. Into the final round it was looking equal.

Both fighters looked tired but it came down to the sheer number of punches that Claire Brannan was connecting with. Claire threw everything at Steve and did enough to take the fight on a judges decision.

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Results for Hook-N-Shoot Evolution

Hook-N-Shoot Evolution Megumi Fujii defeats Erica Montoya by unanimous decision.
Roxanne Modafferi defeats Jennifer Howe by unanimous decision.

Results for Hook-N-Shoot EvolutionJen Case defeats Julie Kedzie by armbar, RD 1.

Kelly Kobald defeats Greta Hicks by unanimous decision.

Tara Larosa defeats Linda Langerak by armbar, RD 2.

Adrienna Jenkins defeats Shelby Walker by rear naked choke, RD 1.

Ginelle Marquez defeats Molly Hessel by armbar, RD 2.

Jan Finney defeats Rikki Burnett by unanimous decision.

Mandy Stewart defeats Lisa Ward by triangle choke, RD 1.

Heath Pedigo defeats Eric Acker by triangle choke

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My Injury Women’s MMA

My Injury Women's MMA
My Injury Women’s MMA

My Injury Women’s MMA I wake up one Sunday morning, like any other Sunday morning, stretch and head to the kitchen to grind my coffee that I cannot live without. Hmmmm, that’s weird – my left arm feels numb and tingly from the shoulder to my fingertips. I surmise I must have slept on it funny. I move it around working the range of motion, opening and closing my fist, and decide to move along through my day. I need that cup of coffee. Run a few errands, clean a little, and then, it is dinner at a friend’s house. I clear the dishes and clean the kitchen for being fed so well. It is approximately 9 P.M. I decide I will take in a little of the massage chair, as by now my arm is aching moderately, mostly in the shoulder region. Hmmm, highest heat setting, most active mode, and deepest motion it will offer. Not too bad. I recline. I sit back up within a minute or two. Okay, that isn’t helping…I think it may have made it worse? I turn it off and sit and relax for a few minutes. It is not getting any better. My friend comes to check on me, and doesn’t like the look on my face apparently, “Do you need to go to the emergency room?” he offers. After I get over the fact that I can’t just grin and bear it anymore, I let him know I need to go to the emergency room. Off we go.

My Injury Women’s MMA

“What happened?” they ask. “Nothing”, I say, “I woke up this way.” Four hours, three x-rays, mountain of paperwork (what did you eat for breakfast 26 days ago?) in between tears of pain, and one Phenergan/Morphine shot that took them three hours to give me…and they tell me, “You need to see a neurosurgeon. Do not move your arm till you do.” Potential paralysis has not entered my mind at this point. Here is a sling and the prescription orders. Treat ‘em and Street ‘em. Okay, I’ve had better evenings.

On Monday, after I woke from my drug-induced sleep and have had my IV of…I mean cup of…coffee, I call my PCP (Primary Care Physician) for a referral to a neurosurgeon. He has to see you before he will refer. Of course he does! He wants his piece of the managed care pie! I work in the managed care health system, excuse the sarcasm. He needs to make sure the ER doctor knows his way around a stethoscope. First available is tomorrow. Okay. Tuesday morning at 6 A.M., I receive a call. My appointment has been cancelled due to bad weather that has come in (the sidewalks of Austin, Texas roll up for two days because we have not a single clue how to drive in a little ice and snow). I keep leaving messages trying to reschedule. I finally receive a return call on Friday and they can see me on Monday afternoon. I can hear my mother in my head, “Your eyes will get stuck like that!” as I roll my eyes at how helpful and understanding my doctor’s office is being. It’s a good thing my southern manners and the medication I was taking slowed my usual quick verbal wit.

On Monday, and after another mountain of paperwork, my PCP’s assistant decides I need to see a neurosurgeon. (Surprise!) Refer back to the third paragraph to see where a week of my life went. Hey, at this point, I’m doing the best I can to cope. The nurse gives me the referral and calls to get me in ASAP. First available is Friday morning. Obviously, my ASAP is different from their ASAP. Arrrgggghhhhh! I do not make a very good patient and I haven’t been training! Tracey is not a happy girl. Before Friday, I have to go by Austin Radiological Association and have a MRI done. I spend most of Wednesday doing that because they handle requests like this on a walk-in basis only. The MRI itself wasn’t too bad. However, my decision to be cremated is absolutely unquestionable now. There is no way my soul would be at peace in a coffin. Of course, as soon as I got home, I had the films out, holding them up to the dining room light, twisting and turning trying to understand them. I wasn’t quite prepared to see what I looked like without skin. Weird, but interesting.

My Injury Women’s MMA

Friday has come, I am in the waiting area alone trying to think positively and working on yet another mountain of paperwork. Would it kill these people to communicate with one another! Geez. I’m already driving a standard with one hand! Where’s Big Brother when you need them? Focus, focus, positive energy only! A little physical therapy and I’m good as new. Ways to train around this injury have been going through my head for days now. Guard work, I’ll work on my bottom game – my guard is horrible anyway and needs the work!

Dr. Hansen and I begin to talk. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, anything like the Japanese form?” he asks. Okay, that’s what I’m talking about! I’m immediately at ease, and have completely forgotten how irritated I was in the waiting room, as I spend several minutes explaining everything I know about the similarities and differences between the two forms. BJJ has become one of my favorite conversation pieces over the last year. Realizing we have gotten side tracked, he looks at my MRI’s. I can tell by his face I’m not going to like what he says. “What happened?” he asks. Again, I tell “the I woke up this way” story. He points to C2/C3 on my MRI showing normal disc separation, location of spinal fluid, and my spine. Cool. We then move to C4-C7. Not so cool. At C3/C4, about one-third of my spine is visible. At C4/C5, C5/C6, and C6/C7, it is not visible at all. Now, paralysis crosses my mind. “This has been degenerating for a while,” he states, “Has there been any jarring trauma, a fall, a car accident?” Light bulbs go off in my head and my memory was jogged: rear-ended, “whiplash”, over a year ago, my neck and shoulders have hurt ever since. Grappling or Yoga may have aggravated it or I could have just moved and hit the right place while I was sleeping. No way to really know the exact sequence of events that caused the actual herniation that hit several nerve roots in my cervical spine and rendered my left arm useless and painful. To make it worse, my right arm was already exhibiting the same symptoms of nerve damage. Bottom line. Surgery. Fusion. The next few minutes are a blur, Dr. Hansen is explaining the procedure and showing me the titanium plate and eight screws that will be surgically fused into my spine along with using bone chipped from my hip to replace the discs being removed. Do not go to this kind of appointment alone. Take someone that can think of all the questions you want to ask, when you suddenly are not able to think straight at all. I was doing relatively okay till I asked about resuming my normal physical activities. A lot depends on your recovery. I pushed for a timeframe. At least 6 months, maybe a year. It hits me. I won’t be able to compete in May. My heart sinks. I swallow hard around the lump in my throat. I have no idea when or if I will even be able to start training again. That devastated me. I sat in the parking lot for 10 – 15 minutes alone and crying, trying to let it all sink in. More than one person had told me that BJJ is a lifestyle, not till I was faced with never being able to do it again did I realize how much a part of my life BJJ has become.

I then drove to the hospital to get my blood work and other surgery preparation done. Yes, and work on another mountain of paperwork. However, this paperwork was different. Do you have a living will? Are you an organ donor? Will anyone be with you on the day of surgery? How can we contact your next of kin? How are you going to pay? Then it moved to instruction time: no eating past midnight, wash your body and hair with this microbial surgical scrub, check in by this time, do not bring any valuables, etc. I made a mental note of the location of the Chapel before I left.

My Injury Women’s MMA

I went to class that evening to take notes on technique. It was our Women’s class. As usual, class was great. Only I wasn’t in a gi. As I watched mat time, I was hit unexpectedly with a surge of anger I could barely suppress. I had to step outside to calm down. It passes. I have a conscious thought that I do not want to hold on to any negativity. I have worked hard for peace and balance in my life and I will keep it! I have a friend in the class I’ve known for about six years, Stephanie. She’s also my training partner. She could sense I was “off ”. She gives me a gift after class that was intended for my birthday, which now happened to also be my surgery date. She says, with a warm smile, it’s a “get well” gift now. It is a pewter figurine representative of the nickname given to me by my instructor. It is a Valkyrie. There she stands all of six inches tall with her sword drawn, shield ready, and wings spread looking so triumphant. The irony is not lost on me. Everyone else has left class now. Stephanie reaches out and gives me a hug and I cry on her shoulder, it is hitting me, I’m feeling everything but triumphant. I am disappointed, hurt, and angry. My life is being interrupted and I am scared of going under anesthesia. I got it out of my system and refused to cry again. Thank God for wonderful friends to lean on.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003. Surgery day. Birthday. Ash Wednesday. The stars are lining up, but for what? I have showered and washed my hair in the cleanser given to me by the hospital. “This definitely rules out being able to make a pass at any good-looking available male I might come across during my adventure in the hospital,” I think as I shower. Not that the flattering backless “gown” they provide gives you much to work with anyway, but I digress. My parents and I check in and are sent to a waiting area before being taken to the surgical floor. My mother and I cannot just sit and wait. We are both anxious. My parents head to the gift shop to look around and I head to the Chapel. I had been thinking a lot since Friday. It’s my birthday, surgery is scheduled almost to the minute I was born, and it’s Ash Wednesday. Today, the meditation time I would have with God would be different than my usual conversation and prayer. On my knees at the altar, I prayed.

The patient advocate locates my parents and I in the gift shop and we are escorted to the surgical floor. My parents are asked to wait as I am taken to my pre-surgery room to change into my “gown”. Visions of a crown on my head, my arms full of roses, and my right hand performing a parade queen wave, this movement is where only the elbow and wrist are moved slowly back and forth as the tricep stays parallel with the ground. This wave has always been a tongue-in-cheek joke with my girlfriends. My runway is the hospital corridor. I reprimand myself immediately for having such a lame hallucination and I can’t even blame it on the drugs because I haven’t been given any yet. I’m blessed with a vivid imagination and an odd sense of humor that assists me well in coping with stress. That is the best explanation I can offer for what just happened. Reality sets in as I sign the last of the hospital consent forms and the nurse puts in my IV. After I speak to my anesthesiologist, my parents are allowed to join me while I wait.

My Injury Women’s MMA

A member of the Operating Room team comes to retrieve me. Here we go. I am staged outside the OR while they finish sterilizing a few instruments that will be used to clamp and dissect my neck and hip. A male OR assistant asks, “Are you the Jiu-Jitsu girl?” Nervously confident, I say, “Yes!” “I guess we better get it right, then.” He quips. “I recommend it!” I respond scornfully followed by a wink. The anesthesiologist starts my medications. As I was told later, everyone sang me Happy Birthday as I went under. Awww! I don’t remember this at all, but I was apparently awake and being my normal quirky self. Hours later, I wake up in the recovery room. “How are you feeling? Is there anything I can do for you?” the nurse asks. “I’m starving!” I respond. “I know” she chuckles. My facial expression obviously communicates my bewilderment. She explains further, “this is about the fifth time you’ve told me that.” I laugh. It is truly surreal to not be aware when you are conscious and talking to other people. It’s just not natural! Right there is why I could never get into drugs. After we discuss the liquid diet I’m supposed to be on, I tell her, “I need real food – protein!” She tells me, “Honey, the cafeteria is already closed.” “My daddy is out there…he loves me…he’ll go get me a turkey sandwich”, I retort emphatically as any good 32-year-old woman would who feels like she is 6-years-old again. Off she goes to inform my father of the humanitarian mission his daughter dutifully expects him to accept and fulfill. Take heart fathers, there is your proof that women are always their Daddy’s little girls.

My parents and I are taken from recovery to my assigned room. They are wheeling my bed in and I look to see my fellow students and friends waiting for me to arrive. My heart is touched and the lump that has been in my throat since my first visit with Dr. Hansen has disappeared. They proceed to tell me who had stopped by, called, and emailed. My school has not only given me great training partners over the last nine months, I am proud to have them as my friends. They are truly wonderful people. I have discovered great people and friends in BJJ. My voicemail and email had been receiving messages wishing me well and offering encouragement from fellow BJJ junkies and friends. Stephanie passed on to me that a thread was started in the “Women’s Locker Room” at www.jiu-jitsu.net by a friend I haven’t even had the pleasure to actually meet yet, Amanda. Laura, who is from the same forum, overwhelmed me with her email. The response from the female BJJ community there, and even a few males that popped in, was just awesome. My friends, who don’t quite understand my fascination with this sport I’ve discovered, but who love me anyway, were just as supportive. Moments like these have a way of reminding you of what is truly important in life, being surrounded by family and friends that care for you. I check with the nurse to make sure it would not be a problem if they stayed awhile, as it was already past visiting hours. She says, “It’s fine, as long as you can keep it down.” I immediately think, “How does she know I’m not exactly known for being quiet?” Then I remember we are in a hospital and she says that all day. We all agree to be quiet. As I ravage my turkey sandwich, (my Dad is the greatest Dad in the world!) Dr. Hansen comes in. “Oh, you’re eating!” he sounds surprised. “How’s your arm?” he asks. As I chew and hold my sandwich with the right hand, I flail my left arm around like a monkey looking for a tree limb. “I guess you’re feeling better,” he states. Everyone laughs. I nod as I was concentrating on chewing and digesting. My parents leave and head back to my house to get some much-needed rest. They had driven in from Oklahoma to be with me during surgery and it had been a long day for them. The guys stay till about midnight when I tell them I am falling asleep on them and I don’t want to be rude, but I need to say goodbye while I still can. I don’t remember what we talked about for two hours, but I do remember Rob ate my candy! I guess anesthesia gives you selective memory and that chocolate must have been important to me.

My recovery is going well. My surgeon used a plastic surgeon’s technique on the incisions and therefore they are not expected to scar. The incisions on my neck and hip are about three inches. After surgery, the bandages needed to be changed daily for ten days. My hip was uncomfortable to walk on for the first week, and for the next couple of weeks I waddled like a pregnant woman. I have almost completed my physical therapy for my left arm and right leg (hip). I am still experiencing weakness in my left arm (it’s about 80 % of my right) and slight numbness in my thumb and forearm. Full recovery is expected with both in the next couple of months. The lingering annoyance of surgery is the effect on my voice. Moving my vocal chords out of the way during the surgery to get to my cervical spine stretched them. The stretch causes the nerves in the voice box harm that only time can heal. I sound like Minnie Mouse when my tone is high and Jessica Rabbit when my tone is low, and have no voice at all if volume is needed. Translation: I cannot yell. This too has a humorous twist. My friends and co-workers are accustomed to hearing me before they see me. Let’s just say my normal voice has a tendency to carry. I’ve been having lots of fun sneaking up on people. Ha Ha! And now when I look at my Valkyrie figurine that Stephanie gave me I feel every bit as triumphant as she appears! Well, I am just past the two month mark from surgery and focused on getting back on the mat.

This is just my injury story. However, there is nothing unique at all about my story. I have come across many injury stories just in my academy alone. I even found a kindred spirit of sorts discovering a fellow student that has had exactly the same surgery I did. We have matching incision marks! His surgery was in 1999 and he started BJJ in 2001, and is now a blue belt. He will be my measuring stick. Besides him, we have one student who has had both knees replaced, one who experienced a broken neck (complete with traction), another with a broken foot, and still others with bulging discs, multiple muscle strains, torn ligaments, cracked ribs, and bruises. “Bruises are battle scars”, my instructor tells me. I am every bit a feminine woman, but new bruises are like my proof of progress, a physical sign of my effort. Therefore, I wear my bruises proudly and usually boast about them. The interesting thing about most of the injuries listed above, including mine, is that they were not sustained as a result of the practice of BJJ. The fact is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu truly is a “gentle art”. Injuries may interfere with our training but they do not keep us off the mat. This martial art is full of dedicated students training around injuries because they love BJJ. I intend to stay one of them.

I wake up one Sunday morning, like any other Sunday morning, stretch and head to the kitchen to grind my coffee that I cannot live without. Hmmmm, that’s weird – my left arm feels numb and tingly from the shoulder to my fingertips. I surmise I must have slept on it funny. I move it around working the range of motion, opening and closing my fist, and decide to move along through my day. I need that cup of coffee. Run a few errands, clean a little, and then, it is dinner at a friend’s house. I clear the dishes and clean the kitchen for being fed so well. It is approximately 9 P.M. I decide I will take in a little of the massage chair, as by now my arm is aching moderately, mostly in the shoulder region. Hmmm, highest heat setting, most active mode, and deepest motion it will offer. Not too bad. I recline. I sit back up within a minute or two. Okay, that isn’t helping…I think it may have made it worse? I turn it off and sit and relax for a few minutes. It is not getting any better. My friend comes to check on me, and doesn’t like the look on my face apparently, “Do you need to go to the emergency room?” he offers. After I get over the fact that I can’t just grin and bear it anymore, I let him know I need to go to the emergency room. Off we go.

“What happened?” they ask. “Nothing”, I say, “I woke up this way.” Four hours, three x-rays, mountain of paperwork (what did you eat for breakfast 26 days ago?) in between tears of pain, and one Phenergan/Morphine shot that took them three hours to give me…and they tell me, “You need to see a neurosurgeon. Do not move your arm till you do.” Potential paralysis has not entered my mind at this point. Here is a sling and the prescription orders. Treat ‘em and Street ‘em. Okay, I’ve had better evenings.

On Monday, after I woke from my drug-induced sleep and have had my IV of…I mean cup of…coffee, I call my PCP (Primary Care Physician) for a referral to a neurosurgeon. He has to see you before he will refer. Of course he does! He wants his piece of the managed care pie! I work in the managed care health system, excuse the sarcasm. He needs to make sure the ER doctor knows his way around a stethoscope. First available is tomorrow. Okay. Tuesday morning at 6 A.M., I receive a call. My appointment has been cancelled due to bad weather that has come in (the sidewalks of Austin, Texas roll up for two days because we have not a single clue how to drive in a little ice and snow). I keep leaving messages trying to reschedule. I finally receive a return call on Friday and they can see me on Monday afternoon. I can hear my mother in my head, “Your eyes will get stuck like that!” as I roll my eyes at how helpful and understanding my doctor’s office is being. It’s a good thing my southern manners and the medication I was taking slowed my usual quick verbal wit.

On Monday, and after another mountain of paperwork, my PCP’s assistant decides I need to see a neurosurgeon. (Surprise!) Refer back to the third paragraph to see where a week of my life went. Hey, at this point, I’m doing the best I can to cope. The nurse gives me the referral and calls to get me in ASAP. First available is Friday morning. Obviously, my ASAP is different from their ASAP. Arrrgggghhhhh! I do not make a very good patient and I haven’t been training! Tracey is not a happy girl. Before Friday, I have to go by Austin Radiological Association and have a MRI done. I spend most of Wednesday doing that because they handle requests like this on a walk-in basis only. The MRI itself wasn’t too bad. However, my decision to be cremated is absolutely unquestionable now. There is no way my soul would be at peace in a coffin. Of course, as soon as I got home, I had the films out, holding them up to the dining room light, twisting and turning trying to understand them. I wasn’t quite prepared to see what I looked like without skin. Weird, but interesting.

Friday has come, I am in the waiting area alone trying to think positively and working on yet another mountain of paperwork. Would it kill these people to communicate with one another! Geez. I’m already driving a standard with one hand! Where’s Big Brother when you need them? Focus, focus, positive energy only! A little physical therapy and I’m good as new. Ways to train around this injury have been going through my head for days now. Guard work, I’ll work on my bottom game – my guard is horrible anyway and needs the work!

My Injury Women’s MMA

Dr. Hansen and I begin to talk. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, anything like the Japanese form?” he asks. Okay, that’s what I’m talking about! I’m immediately at ease, and have completely forgotten how irritated I was in the waiting room, as I spend several minutes explaining everything I know about the similarities and differences between the two forms. BJJ has become one of my favorite conversation pieces over the last year. Realizing we have gotten side tracked, he looks at my MRI’s. I can tell by his face I’m not going to like what he says. “What happened?” he asks. Again, I tell “the I woke up this way” story. He points to C2/C3 on my MRI showing normal disc separation, location of spinal fluid, and my spine. Cool. We then move to C4-C7. Not so cool. At C3/C4, about one-third of my spine is visible. At C4/C5, C5/C6, and C6/C7, it is not visible at all. Now, paralysis crosses my mind. “This has been degenerating for a while,” he states, “Has there been any jarring trauma, a fall, a car accident?” Light bulbs go off in my head and my memory was jogged: rear-ended, “whiplash”, over a year ago, my neck and shoulders have hurt ever since. Grappling or Yoga may have aggravated it or I could have just moved and hit the right place while I was sleeping. No way to really know the exact sequence of events that caused the actual herniation that hit several nerve roots in my cervical spine and rendered my left arm useless and painful. To make it worse, my right arm was already exhibiting the same symptoms of nerve damage. Bottom line. Surgery. Fusion. The next few minutes are a blur, Dr. Hansen is explaining the procedure and showing me the titanium plate and eight screws that will be surgically fused into my spine along with using bone chipped from my hip to replace the discs being removed. Do not go to this kind of appointment alone. Take someone that can think of all the questions you want to ask, when you suddenly are not able to think straight at all. I was doing relatively okay till I asked about resuming my normal physical activities. A lot depends on your recovery. I pushed for a timeframe. At least 6 months, maybe a year. It hits me. I won’t be able to compete in May. My heart sinks. I swallow hard around the lump in my throat. I have no idea when or if I will even be able to start training again. That devastated me. I sat in the parking lot for 10 – 15 minutes alone and crying, trying to let it all sink in. More than one person had told me that BJJ is a lifestyle, not till I was faced with never being able to do it again did I realize how much a part of my life BJJ has become.

I then drove to the hospital to get my blood work and other surgery preparation done. Yes, and work on another mountain of paperwork. However, this paperwork was different. Do you have a living will? Are you an organ donor? Will anyone be with you on the day of surgery? How can we contact your next of kin? How are you going to pay? Then it moved to instruction time: no eating past midnight, wash your body and hair with this microbial surgical scrub, check in by this time, do not bring any valuables, etc. I made a mental note of the location of the Chapel before I left.

My Injury Women’s MMA

I went to class that evening to take notes on technique. It was our Women’s class. As usual, class was great. Only I wasn’t in a gi. As I watched mat time, I was hit unexpectedly with a surge of anger I could barely suppress. I had to step outside to calm down. It passes. I have a conscious thought that I do not want to hold on to any negativity. I have worked hard for peace and balance in my life and I will keep it! I have a friend in the class I’ve known for about six years, Stephanie. She’s also my training partner. She could sense I was “off ”. She gives me a gift after class that was intended for my birthday, which now happened to also be my surgery date. She says, with a warm smile, it’s a “get well” gift now. It is a pewter figurine representative of the nickname given to me by my instructor. It is a Valkyrie. There she stands all of six inches tall with her sword drawn, shield ready, and wings spread looking so triumphant. The irony is not lost on me. Everyone else has left class now. Stephanie reaches out and gives me a hug and I cry on her shoulder, it is hitting me, I’m feeling everything but triumphant. I am disappointed, hurt, and angry. My life is being interrupted and I am scared of going under anesthesia. I got it out of my system and refused to cry again. Thank God for wonderful friends to lean on.

My Injury Women’s MMA

Wednesday, March 5, 2003. Surgery day. Birthday. Ash Wednesday. The stars are lining up, but for what? I have showered and washed my hair in the cleanser given to me by the hospital. “This definitely rules out being able to make a pass at any good-looking available male I might come across during my adventure in the hospital,” I think as I shower. Not that the flattering backless “gown” they provide gives you much to work with anyway, but I digress. My parents and I check in and are sent to a waiting area before being taken to the surgical floor. My mother and I cannot just sit and wait. We are both anxious. My parents head to the gift shop to look around and I head to the Chapel. I had been thinking a lot since Friday. It’s my birthday, surgery is scheduled almost to the minute I was born, and it’s Ash Wednesday. Today, the meditation time I would have with God would be different than my usual conversation and prayer. On my knees at the altar, I prayed.

My Injury Women’s MMA

The patient advocate locates my parents and I in the gift shop and we are escorted to the surgical floor. My parents are asked to wait as I am taken to my pre-surgery room to change into my “gown”. Visions of a crown on my head, my arms full of roses, and my right hand performing a parade queen wave, this movement is where only the elbow and wrist are moved slowly back and forth as the tricep stays parallel with the ground. This wave has always been a tongue-in-cheek joke with my girlfriends. My runway is the hospital corridor. I reprimand myself immediately for having such a lame hallucination and I can’t even blame it on the drugs because I haven’t been given any yet. I’m blessed with a vivid imagination and an odd sense of humor that assists me well in coping with stress. That is the best explanation I can offer for what just happened. Reality sets in as I sign the last of the hospital consent forms and the nurse puts in my IV. After I speak to my anesthesiologist, my parents are allowed to join me while I wait.

My Injury Women’s MMA

A member of the Operating Room team comes to retrieve me. Here we go. I am staged outside the OR while they finish sterilizing a few instruments that will be used to clamp and dissect my neck and hip. A male OR assistant asks, “Are you the Jiu-Jitsu girl?” Nervously confident, I say, “Yes!” “I guess we better get it right, then.” He quips. “I recommend it!” I respond scornfully followed by a wink. The anesthesiologist starts my medications. As I was told later, everyone sang me Happy Birthday as I went under. Awww! I don’t remember this at all, but I was apparently awake and being my normal quirky self. Hours later, I wake up in the recovery room. “How are you feeling? Is there anything I can do for you?” the nurse asks. “I’m starving!” I respond. “I know” she chuckles. My facial expression obviously communicates my bewilderment. She explains further, “this is about the fifth time you’ve told me that.” I laugh. It is truly surreal to not be aware when you are conscious and talking to other people. It’s just not natural! Right there is why I could never get into drugs. After we discuss the liquid diet I’m supposed to be on, I tell her, “I need real food – protein!” She tells me, “Honey, the cafeteria is already closed.” “My daddy is out there…he loves me…he’ll go get me a turkey sandwich”, I retort emphatically as any good 32-year-old woman would who feels like she is 6-years-old again. Off she goes to inform my father of the humanitarian mission his daughter dutifully expects him to accept and fulfill. Take heart fathers, there is your proof that women are always their Daddy’s little girls.

My Injury Women’s MMA

My parents and I are taken from recovery to my assigned room. They are wheeling my bed in and I look to see my fellow students and friends waiting for me to arrive. My heart is touched and the lump that has been in my throat since my first visit with Dr. Hansen has disappeared. They proceed to tell me who had stopped by, called, and emailed. My school has not only given me great training partners over the last nine months, I am proud to have them as my friends. They are truly wonderful people. I have discovered great people and friends in BJJ. My voicemail and email had been receiving messages wishing me well and offering encouragement from fellow BJJ junkies and friends. Stephanie passed on to me that a thread was started in the “Women’s Locker Room” at www.jiu-jitsu.net by a friend I haven’t even had the pleasure to actually meet yet, Amanda. Laura, who is from the same forum, overwhelmed me with her email. The response from the female BJJ community there, and even a few males that popped in, was just awesome. My friends, who don’t quite understand my fascination with this sport I’ve discovered, but who love me anyway, were just as supportive. Moments like these have a way of reminding you of what is truly important in life, being surrounded by family and friends that care for you. I check with the nurse to make sure it would not be a problem if they stayed awhile, as it was already past visiting hours. She says, “It’s fine, as long as you can keep it down.” I immediately think, “How does she know I’m not exactly known for being quiet?” Then I remember we are in a hospital and she says that all day. We all agree to be quiet. As I ravage my turkey sandwich, (my Dad is the greatest Dad in the world!) Dr. Hansen comes in. “Oh, you’re eating!” he sounds surprised. “How’s your arm?” he asks. As I chew and hold my sandwich with the right hand, I flail my left arm around like a monkey looking for a tree limb. “I guess you’re feeling better,” he states. Everyone laughs. I nod as I was concentrating on chewing and digesting. My parents leave and head back to my house to get some much-needed rest. They had driven in from Oklahoma to be with me during surgery and it had been a long day for them. The guys stay till about midnight when I tell them I am falling asleep on them and I don’t want to be rude, but I need to say goodbye while I still can. I don’t remember what we talked about for two hours, but I do remember Rob ate my candy! I guess anesthesia gives you selective memory and that chocolate must have been important to me.

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My recovery is going well. My surgeon used a plastic surgeon’s technique on the incisions and therefore they are not expected to scar. The incisions on my neck and hip are about three inches. After surgery, the bandages needed to be changed daily for ten days. My hip was uncomfortable to walk on for the first week, and for the next couple of weeks I waddled like a pregnant woman. I have almost completed my physical therapy for my left arm and right leg (hip). I am still experiencing weakness in my left arm (it’s about 80 % of my right) and slight numbness in my thumb and forearm. Full recovery is expected with both in the next couple of months. The lingering annoyance of surgery is the effect on my voice. Moving my vocal chords out of the way during the surgery to get to my cervical spine stretched them. The stretch causes the nerves in the voice box harm that only time can heal. I sound like Minnie Mouse when my tone is high and Jessica Rabbit when my tone is low, and have no voice at all if volume is needed. Translation: I cannot yell. This too has a humorous twist. My friends and co-workers are accustomed to hearing me before they see me. Let’s just say my normal voice has a tendency to carry. I’ve been having lots of fun sneaking up on people. Ha Ha! And now when I look at my Valkyrie figurine that Stephanie gave me I feel every bit as triumphant as she appears! Well, I am just past the two month mark from surgery and focused on getting back on the mat.

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This is just my injury story. However, there is nothing unique at all about my story. I have come across many injury stories just in my academy alone. I even found a kindred spirit of sorts discovering a fellow student that has had exactly the same surgery I did. We have matching incision marks! His surgery was in 1999 and he started BJJ in 2001, and is now a blue belt. He will be my measuring stick. Besides him, we have one student who has had both knees replaced, one who experienced a broken neck (complete with traction), another with a broken foot, and still others with bulging discs, multiple muscle strains, torn ligaments, cracked ribs, and bruises. “Bruises are battle scars”, my instructor tells me. I am every bit a feminine woman, but new bruises are like my proof of progress, a physical sign of my effort. Therefore, I wear my bruises proudly and usually boast about them. The interesting thing about most of the injuries listed above, including mine, is that they were not sustained as a result of the practice of BJJ. The fact is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu truly is a “gentle art”. Injuries may interfere with our training but they do not keep us off the mat. This martial art is full of dedicated students training around injuries because they love BJJ. I intend to stay one of them.

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Combat Sports Challenge

Combat Sports Challenge Brought to you by Combat Sports 2000 Sanctioned by the WKA USA Hosted by Prodigy Martial Arts Academy. January 31, 2004 at The Show Place in Richmond, VA.

Bertina Lee put her WKA US Title on the line against Emily Beardon in this highly anticipated match up. Their previously scheduled match was canceled due to Lee suffering a broken thumb just prior to that match. Lee came out strong in the first round, landing some great combinations and catching Beardon a bit off guard.

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Much to her credit, Beardon came out in the second round with some adjustments that allowed her to outscore Lee. The rest of the fight had the classic “power blows” verses “number of touches” judging controversy. Lee clearly established herself with power shots, landing powerful punches and backing Beardon up or stopping her in her tracks.

Combat Sports Challenge
Combat Sports Challenge

To Beardon’s credit, her adjustments paid off in the later rounds allowing her to score with both jabs and foot jabs. In the clinch, it was Lee controlling most of the action. It appeared to most in the crowd that the fight went 3 rounds to 2 for Lee, but the judges had it 48/47, 47/48, 48/47 for Beardon. Hats off to both of these fighters – they put on one heck of a fight. Not just a good ladies match, a GREAT FIGHT.

Beardon will defend her new title against Kate Meehan in New York on February 20, 2004, and then, regardless of that outcome, Meehan is scheduled to face Lee in Florida on March 13, 2004. The last title match was a rematch of the US Title match at the 2003 WKA US Nationals last summer.

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Amie Turton Interview Female BJJ / Grappler

Interview with teen grappler Amie Turton. This young female grappler is setting new records. Holds a 3rd degree blackbelt and a true Fighter girl. Fighter girls interview with female fighter  Amie Turton

1. Can you list your name, age, height and weight?
Amie Turton, 15, 5’2”, 120

2. Where do you live?
I live in Toms River, NJ.

3. What Academy do you train out of? Who is your trainer?
I train out of Tong Dragon Martial Arts under Eric Colon.

4. What type of Martial Arts do you train? Do you hold any degrees/belts?
In Muay Thai kickboxing and submission grappling I hold a 3rd degree black belt, I am a level 5 in kali, and under our BJJ instructor, Fernando Cabeca, I have a green belt.

Amie Turton
Amie Turton

5. Before we get to your impressive record in grappling, what brought about your interest in Martial Arts and grappling?
I was only eight years old and I really don’t remember. The only thing I remember was coming home from school and telling my mom I wanted to do “karate”.

6. I understand your mother is involved in helping to organize/run some of the events in New Jersey. Does she train?
My mother doesnt organize the tournaments she helps out with them and no, she doesn’t train.

7. From talking to your mother, she is very supportive of your training. That must be a great feeling?
Yeah having both my mom and my dad behind me is a great feeling. I feel more confident in myself knowing they support me.

8. You are a full-time student. What is a typical day for you like?
I get home from school around 2 and I do whatever homework I have. Then I am down at Tong Dragon for 3:30 helping my instructor with the kids classes. After that it’s my time to train. Then around 9:00 I go home and finish up some things eat dinner and relax. My day is pretty busy but that is how I like it.

9. Do you participate in any other sports? In school and out of school?
Not this year. I used to play softball but I am taking a “break” from that.

10. What do your friends and schoolmates think of what you do?
My friends from school think I am kind of crazy because I am always training but they don’t understand how hard you have to work to reach your goals in martial arts.

11. You have had excellent success in the grappling events you have participated in. Can you tell me more about your record and what recent events you have grappled in?
The most recent were Grapplers Quest in June and NAGA in May. In grappling I win some I lose some I never kept track of my record.

12. New Jersey has produced an excellent fighter by the name of Tara LaRosa. Are you the next Tara? (That is until you face off against her in about 7 years)
Tara is a very good fighter a great person but I am not the next anyone… I am the first Amie Turton.

13. Do you typically only compete against other girls or do you also compete against boys?
Usually there are no girls my age so I grapple the boys in my division and then jump up to the womens division.

14. What was your favorite grappling event? How did you fair?
My favorite event is Battle at the Beach in Wildwood. I did pretty well I placed in each division I was in.

15. Have you had the good fortune to have met some of the females who are fighting right now? Which ones are your favorites?
I won’t pick one inparticular because I don’t know enough about them. All the women I have met were very nice and outgoing people.

16. Who do you think are the top 3 female fighters right now?
no comment

17. Do you have a favorite male fighter?
I don’t have a favorite but I like to watch Ortiz, Coleman and Couture fight.

18. Do you have a favorite submission hold?
I like the rolling shoulder lock but my signature move is and mc choke from the guard.

19. What do you think was your best win in any of your grappling events? Tell me about it.
My best win was probably at my first tournament. It was a real small turnout and we had never been to a tournament before. I was 11 and the only girl. So the ref called my name and some boys name, the boy threw a fit that he was grappling a girl. So Mr. Colon went to talk to the people who ran the event and they said I could fight. The ref said go and in 15 seconds I had him tapping out.

20. Tell me more about your training? I assume there is limited, if any, weight training. Do you do pushups? Sit-ups? Extra cardio?
Yes I do very little weight training but pushups, sit-ups, and cardio are parts of every class along with techniques and drills.

21. Do you have plans to take this to the next level, MMA, when you are of age?
Yes I would like to shootfight and see how I like that and work from there.

22. I would assume your mother would be right with you, cheering you on all the way?
Yeah my mom would be very nervous but her and my dad would be there.

23. Do you watch any of the UFC or other MMA events on television?
Yes I watch the UFC and sometimes Pride.

24. Given the chance when you are older, would you fight over in Japan?
Well if my coach thinks I am ready and I think I am ready then yeah of course.

25. What are your thoughts on female fighters? Should they be in the UFC? Should they get more exposure?
I think it would be great if women were inthe UFC but we have to take baby steps. It has to start with more women on regular cards and work its way up to the big events. Exposure is always needed, that is what makes the sport grow.

26. For the rest of the year, what tournaments do you plan on competing in?
NAGA andGrapplers Quest both have tournaments on the east coast that I will be competing in. Also the no-gi Pan Ams are in California so I will be traveling out there for that.

27. What are your goals in Martial Arts/ MMA?
As of right now, I have some little things I want to improve in grappling. In the tournaments I have a few more goals that deal with different people. Next year I would like to go to the Pan Ams.

28. What are your interests outside of Martial Arts?
I like doing things with my friends.

29. Any interest in taking your training in standup and starting a boxing career?
I have been training standup just as long as grappling. I do not do a lot of boxing but I love kickboxing. When I am old enough to fight I would like to have some Thai fights.

Ok, now the fun questions…

30. Favorite color?
baby blue

31. Favorite food?
Umm…

32. Favorite musical band?
no comment

33. Who is/are your hero(s)?
Mr. Colon is definately my hero, I look up to him a lot. He is a great guy and the best instructor. He is always there for me when I need him. Mr.Colon sets a great example for his students. I also look up to fighters at Tong Dragon. When they are training for a fight they are giving 110%. They get into the ring and try their absolute hardest, once again setting a great example.

34. Favorite actor?
no comment

35. Favorite movie?
no comment

36. Outside the MMA world, when you get older, what do you want to be? What are your goals?
I want to go to a good college but I am not sure what I want to be just yet.

37. Can grappling in the Olympics be in your future? Or a pay-per-view MMA event with you as the headline fighter?
Yeah I think grappling in the Olympics can be in my future. Um pay-per-view? You never know but lets just take one step at a time.

Myself and fightergirls.com want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule and answering these questions. We will post the interview as soon as possible. Thank you and good luck in your grappling/fighting career!

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Amie Turton’s Grappling Results

Adult No-Gi Advanced Lightweight (<135 lbs) – GOLD
Adult Gi Blue Belt Lightweight (<130 lbs) – SILVER
Adult Gi Blue Belt Middleweight (130+ lbs) – SILVER

Amie started the new year off with a bang, heading to Florida for the NAGA US Nationals and bringing back three medals! Amie started the day off winning her no-gi division dominantly. She would face the same opponents in the lightweight blue belt division. Unfortunately, in the finals, her previously-beaten opponent accidently kneed Amie in the face during a takedown attempt. Amie was unable to continue and her opponent was declared the winner. Amie wasn’t finished though…. The best woman grappler in the world, Juliana Borges was at the tournament and could not find any opponents. Juliana is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is the current Abu Dhabi submission wrestling champion in both her weight class and the Absolute. Amie jumped at the opportunity to compete against world-level competition and jumped into Juliana’s division. Despite being outweighed and facing a black belt, Amie took Juliana the distance, losing on points. Much respect to Amie for a gutsy performance!

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Quest Fight Promotions Initial Impact

Quest Fight Promotions Initial Impact Quest Fight Promotions invades Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, August 9th with ‘Initial Impact’. This is the first show from Quest Fight Promotions and they are ready to treat Mixed Martial Arts fans with a night of heavy hitting amateur fighting. When the fists aren’t flying Tampa Bay, FL band ‘Born Into Kaos’ will take the stage and rock the venue. You can check out the band on their website at Born Into Kaos.

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The fight card consists of athletes from across the USA, UK and Canada. “I’m really excited to have the American Top Team represented on this card,” says matchmaker Johnny Walls. “Their name is becoming synonymous with MMA fighting and they always bring their best to the cage. 2001 European BJJ Cup Champion Antony Rea is also a guy to keep your eye on as well as the Ohio fighters who are ready to throw down in front of their hometown fans.

Quest Fight Promotions Initial Impact

I expect explosive action from all of these fighters and several will probably be competing for Quest title belts in the future. We’ll also have a special ‘Underground Forum’ bout between Jamie Levine and Matt Hershberger. Hershberger is a beast but I hear that Levine will be ready.”

Quest Fight Promotions Initial Impact
Quest Fight Promotions Initial Impact

Promoter Frank Vazquez is ready to get it on in the Octagon with ‘Initial Impact.

“We kept the fans in mind and combined our talents to bring together a great fight card and Rock performance,” Frank says. “Toledo being a great location with an impressive venue will allow fans from Detroit, Cleveland, and Canada to make the trip to see this premiere fighting event.”

Tickets are available at the Toledo SeaGate Box Office and can be purchased by phone at 419-255-3300 and at all Ticketmaster locations.

*Card Tentative and Subject to change.

Featured Fights:

205 Pounds – Light Heavyweight Marcel Ferreira VS Antony Rea (American Top Team, FL) (France)

155 Pounds – Lightweight Nick Spencer VS Jacob Draves (Next Level Fight Club, Steubenville, OH) (Wrecking Crew, OH)

Special “Underground Forum” Match 205 Pounds – Light Heavyweight Jamie Levine VS Matt Hershberger (FL) (OH)

Main Card

185 Pounds – Light Heavyweight Leo Sylvest VS German Reyes (Integrated Fighting, IN) (Chicago, IL)

185 Pounds – Middleweight Emyr Bussard VS Chris Myers (American Top Team, FL) (OH)

170 Pounds – Welterweight Dave Campbell VS Wald Bloise (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada) (American Top Team, FL)

170 Pounds – Welterweight Jason Ory VS Grant Sarver (The Regulators, AZ) (Wrecking Crew, OH)

155 Pounds – Lightweight Luke Spencer VS Brian McIntyre (Next Level Fight Club, Steubenville, OH) (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada)

145 Pounds – Featherweight Dan Swift VS Johnny Bedford (The PA Hitman) (Wrecking Crew, OH)

Heavyweight Joe Grant VS Tim Brown (The Regulators, AZ) (OH)

145 Pounds – Featherweight Billy Mitchell VS Mike Large (Tap or Snap) (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada)

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Kalin Rutherford Interview Female BJJ / Grappler

Kalin Rutherford
Kalin Rutherford

Kalin Rutherford Interview Female BJJ / GrapplerInterview with youth grappler Kalin Rutherford. A female grappling superstar moving up in her BBJ Grappling competitions. Fighter girls interviews this female fighter.

1. Hi. Can you tell me your name, age, height and weight?
Kailin Rutherford, 13, 5’5”, 113

2. Where do you live?
I live in Rowland Heights, California.

3. What Academy do you train out of? Who is your trainer?
I train at Kung Fu San Soo United Fighting Systems with Jeff Frater as my trainer.

4. What type of Martial Art do you practice? If there are more than one, please tell me all of them. Do you hold any degrees/belts in any of them?
I practice grappling mostly. Occasionally I practice kicking and punching, and Kung Fu. I have a red belt currently.

Kalin Rutherford Interview Female BJJ / Grappler

5. Can you explain to me a typical day in your life? I would assume juggling school and training keeps you very busy?
It is true juggling school and training is very entertaining, but I am not only involved in training. I’m very involved in other after school activities. A typical day would be going to school, then finishing my homework and jetting over to train. Any other day that I’m not training, I’m doing some other activities such as sports, projects, etc.

6. How did you develop an interest in Martial Arts?
I developed an interest in martial arts by attending my cousin’s grappling tournament. I pretty much instantly fell in love with the sport. I signed up to train, and started my first class the day after the tournament.

7. Do you see yourself participating in Mixed Martial Arts competitions when you get older?
Yes, I definitely see myself participating in cage fights, and MMA tournaments when I get older. Though I have a lot of work to go through and training to do..I think I definitely will give it a try.

8. What do your friends and schoolmates think of what you do?
The people at school who have heard what I do are in disbelief, (stereotypes about girls..etc.) The ones that know what I can do are proud, and the ones that have seen what I can do are scared.

9. Can you give me a rundown on the grappling events you have participated in and how you have done in them? Plus, if you can, your overall record?
CMS tournaments: 2 golds, 4 silvers Gardena tournament: silver Grapplers Quest: gold
San Diego tournament: silver Fountain Valley: gold

10. You also participate in a quasi-MMA tournament where there was no punching and kicking to the head for kids your age…How did you do in this tournament?
I was the only girl in my division, out of a total of about 6 boys. I took second place, but I have been training hard to surpass my “nemasis”..I will be returning to that tournament this year to take revenge…just kidding. I’m hoping to do better this year though.

11. Do you usually spar with other girls or girls and boys?
I spar against boys and girls alike.

12. What is your favorite submission hold?
Wow. That’s a hard one. I’d probably have to go with the sleeper (choke) hold.

13. I heard a story of you sparring with a 20 yr. old man. Within minutes you had him in a submission choke hold…Can you tell me more about this?
He was about 160 pounds, 5’8. Basically I just took the mount and choked him out. It was pretty cool. Lasted about 20 seconds.

14. Other than training and sparring and assuming because of your age you done lift weights, do you do any type of strength training? Pushups? Cardio?
Yes. Every Monday at school we are required to run for a total of 30 minutes straight. Aside from my optional running. I also participate in drumline. I play the tenor, which weighs at least 60 pounds. Everyday after school until 7 PM, I march drill with the 60 pound tenors. That’s pretty much my work out for now.

15. Do you participate in any other sports? In school or outside of school?
Aside from drumline, which is very time consuming, I play softball, volleyball, and basketball.

16. I am sure you follow the sport of MMA…Who are your favorite female fighters?
I respect all female fighters. We need more of them, and the ones that we have are proving to every undermining man, or even any man in the world that chicks can dominate..even in a “man’s” sport. so ha!

17. Who is your favorite male fighter?
I don’t have a favorite. Every fighter has their strengths and their weaknesses. I respect/favor every fighter for different reasons.

18. In the tournaments you participate in, do you compete against boys and girls?
Yes, I compete against boys and girls.

19. What do your parents think of your training? Do they support you 100%?
Yes, my mother, and only my mother..(no dad) has been supporting me 100% from the beginning. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be in it. Thanks Mom!

20. Do your parents also train?
Well, she tries.

21. Assuming you take this to the next, ultimate level of MMA, how do you think your parents will react when you lace ’em up for your first fight?
I think she will give me complete support all the way. She’ll probably be nervous, but she’ll be there.

22. What future tournaments do you plan on participating in this year?
The quasi-MMA tournament where there was punching and kicking to the head in San Diego coming in August. I plan to do the Kung Fu San Soo tournament in Redlands in September, and Grapplers Quest in November.

23. What are your plans and goals for martial arts?
I WANT to become one of the best female fighters in MMA.

24. Will we be seeing you fighting in a cage in the coming years fighting against other MMA female Professionals?
After a LOT of training, and practice…I say yes!

25. Should the younger female fighters like Erica Montoya start getting nervous for your arrival in about 5 to 6 years?
Maybe it’s more like 8 years, but yes. I think that after a lot of hard work I should at least give them a good run for their money.

26. What are your interests outside of martial arts?
Almost every sport I’ve ever played, vampires, drumline, hangin out with friends, internet (chatting), listening to music, but the best thing still remains, training.

27. Who is your favorite musical band? (Don’t say NSync, ha ha ha)
linkin park is my favorite band.

28. What is your favorite color?
My favorites are red and black.

29. What is your favorite food?
mashed potatoes..lol

30. What do you want to become when you get older? What are your goals?
I want to take martial arts to the ultimate level, but I also want to go to college, find a major I’ll be happy with.

31. Will we see you competing in the Olympics someday?
You never know, maybe I will….

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Strength building for MMA fighters!

Strength building for MMA fighters Debi Purcell explains her strength training routines for female MMA fighters an training for MMA . Ms Purcell is a women’s mixed martial arts pioneer and female fighter. Lets ask Debi what it takes to be the best female fighter and what to expect when it comes to training for fights and mixed martial arts.

Explain your weekly MMA routine:

Debi Purcell I lift weights 3 to 4 times a week. Doing each body part at least once, and always switching up my routine. I usually break it up doing back and shoulders, one day, Biceps and chest, and then triceps and Legs. I work my ABS once a day (skip Sunday) and try to do calf work at least a few times a week. I do not lift very heavy weights any more. And tend to try to circuit train as much as possible. I also do plyo metric training with weights on top of my regular weight-training program a few times a week, which allows me to target important body parts that I use for fighting. Such as shoulders, back and legs. I am very fond of *cleans* and jumps, and. Every so often I will go for *heavy* lifts to try to peak at a certain weight.

Strength building for MMA fighters
Strength building for MMA fighters

Explain your philosophy on strength building for MMA fighters:

I believe that lifting weights is a KEY factor is fight training, as strength is so important for us. What I am learning through my years of lifting is that THE way you lift is the most important thing; I think too many fighters make the mistake of bodybuilding instead of strength training, especially when it comes to lifting weights. For years I did the typical body builder routine, and although it gave me a strong foundation to start with and a certain physic I am proud of, It is not conducive to my fighting to lift that way, Bulk muscle is not as useful to fighters as the explosive lean muscle mass used for fighting.

Strength building for MMA fighters

Tearing down muscle tissue, and not having time to let it heal properly obviously has negative effects, as fighters this causes a problem, Because we use some of those same muscles in our every day fight training. And it could lead to a greater chance of injury for us. Another key factor in strength training for fighting is *flexibility, One must keep this in mind when they decide on a lifting program, as flexibility it’s SO important for us in this sport. I learned years ago with my gymnastic training that strength training and flexibility can go hand in hand, and For fighting the muscles MUST be pliable, so I stretch in between sets, before, after, as MUCH as I can. Any chance I get. I am emphatic about it for me moving and stay warm is the key. . This will also help keep injuries down. It is much harder to keep the body flexible with bulk muscle mass. And one should take this into consideration before they add lifting heavy weights to their repertoire.

The biggest mistake I make when training, has to do with my own vanity, I will sometimes lift more then I should because I know it will give me a certain look that I like to have. I think it’s important to remember why you are lifting weights. Is it for your looks or for your sports performance? Me personally, I do it for both, and that works for me. However I am very aware that just because a fighter has *large* muscles and a certain physic, does not necessarily mean they are training the best way for MMA, keep in mind the bigger and buffer those muscles are the more energy and oxygen they are going to need during your fight, and in a sport where having good wind is worth more then gold this really is an aspect one must pay attention too. Also those *big* muscles are not going to relax easy on you either, and when they are getting pounded on or being used during your fight you might be more prone to injury.

Strength building for MMA fighters

Last year I spent my time training without heavy weights, and focused a lot more on my fight training and plyo’s, I was amazed that when I went back to trying to lift heavy, I could actually lift more weight then I had been able too before. IN truth I am not 100% sure why, it is just something that happened that I wanted to share Lastly, remember that every “body” is different; I suggest trying to diversify your routine often to see how YOUR body reacts and what gives YOU the best results, ultimately let your body be the judge of what works, and what does not, and perhaps someday you will have a nice body like me (Laugh) Just seeing if your paying attention. 😉

Do you change up your routine when you are training for a fight:

Yes, absolutely about a month prior I cut lifting down to only doing plyo metric lifting, and a few weeks before cut it out completely, I do this mainly because The training gets so intense my body would not have time to recover properly If I did not discard it from my regular lifting program.

How long have you been weight training?

I started really getting into lifting when I was 16. Prior to that I did gymnastics and danced so I have been doing some form of strength training from the time I was about 6 years old.

What got you into weight training?

From early child hood I understood the benefits of being strong for a sport. And I love pushing my body it to its limit. That, and when I went to my first actual lifting gym, there was a woman in there who had a really cool looking body in my opinion. I started to ask her questions, she gave me some tips and from there I was hooked.

Who do you see as a role model in weight training and bodybuilding?

I still adore the way Cory Everson looks; her and Rachel Mclish have always been my favorite. Perhaps because they brought bodybuilding to the public eye for females. I also have learned a lot from my good friend Chuck Williams who is a personal trainer and ex competitive body builder, and still am amazed at how much my coach Marco Ruas knows and teaches me about strength training for fighting

A quick note to all the females out there. Lifting weights *will* improve your strength and sports performance. If you get frustrated at not being able to lift much at first, just remember that as with anything it takes time and patience. so KEEP at it.

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Mind Muscle Motivation Mayra Conde

Mind Muscle Motivation Mayra Conde
Mind Muscle Motivation Mayra Conde

Mind Muscle Motivation Mayra Conde At 5′ 4″, 160 pounds, Mayra Conde has built herself up from solitude to solid muscle, conquering every challenge in her wake. She’s a dead ringer for actress Maria Conchita Alonso, but her bodybuilder physique and Brazilian jiu-jitsu background have prepared her for a different kind of performance. Hook n Shoot: Revolution will give Conde her first major showcase after years of competing in smaller and lesser-known shows.

About female fighter Mayra Conde

Born in Guatemala City, Conde grew up on a farm with her grandparents. She enjoyed the peaceful nature and warmth of her rural setting. “My grandfather was my source of strength and he always gave me the will to succeed at anything I set out to do,” said Conde, who developed a special bond with him when she was learning to ride horses. That sense of comfort was disrupted when Conde’s parents asked the nine-year-old to move to Toronto, Canada to be with them. Her grandparents knew it was the right thing for her to do, with more opportunities and a better education.

Early age of Mayra Conde

In Canada, Conde was thrown into a harsh world she could not understand. “I was constantly picked on because I couldn’t speak English and I was very small,” she said. To make matters worse, her parents insisted that she speak Spanish at home and English at school. Without a tutor or special arrangements, Conde took class just like everyone else and had to learn a foreign language as she went along. Remarkably, Conde never failed a grade and was able to speak and understand English within two years. Today, she’s bilingual and happy her parents wanted her to know both languages.

Having few friends, Conde counted on the one person who couldn’t let her down-herself. When her father introduced her to sports drinks and nutrition, Conde began to read bodybuilding magazines starting in the sixth grade. “I was infatuated with nutrition and being stronger and bigger at such an early age,” said Conde, who began bodybuilding at age 16. After seeing results, Conde gained a newfound confidence in herself and overcame the negativity that had surrounded her. For once in her life, she was in control of the situation and “trying to challenge my personal best all the time.”

Now in high school, Conde found her results paying off in other ways. “I remember going to the weight room and people were amazed at how strong I was and I started making friends,” she said. “I started doing heavy bench and guys would invite me to work out with them.” Before long, Conde was fending off dates and getting compliments about her muscular figure.

After high school, Conde obtained her labor card and made a living in construction. As a welder by trade, she even worked as a foreman and enjoyed the ease of availability for work. Ironically, her family was not supportive of her physical transformation at first, as Conde pointed out that “in Latin America, you are supposed to be pregnant by age 20.” Competition was at the heart of her physique. In August 1998, without any grappling experience, Conde won first place in the women’s heavyweight division in the Canadian Grapplers Challenge. She defeated both of her opponents quickly, the first one by guillotine choke. “It was a natural movement when she shot in on me,” said Conde. “People asked me how long I had been grappling and I said that I needed to get started.”

Mayra Conde Female Body Builder

But bodybuilding was something she could always rely on and in late 1998, she moved to California to be closer to Venice Beach-the Mecca of bodybuilding. She left Canada with Olga Bakalopoulos, a friend whom she had met at a bench press competition. Bakalopoulos was the perfect roommate, since she didn’t mind the bodybuilding lifestyle of egg whites and crazy shakes that mere mortals could hardly stomach. Conde trained her and before long, Bakalopoulous could bench press over 200 pounds and leg press over 800 pounds.

Mayra Conde begins Mixed Martial Arts

Yearning for something new, Conde walked into Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club and marveled at Mark Kerr’s explosiveness while being so massive. She decided to take some lessons not realizing where it would take her. After only seven weeks of classes, her trainer Bas Rutten asked her to compete in the Bas Rutten Invitational, a feeder MMA show held in Denver, Colorado. Conde eagerly accepted the challenge.

In February 1999, Conde went into the Bas Rutten Invitational with an open mind and the determination to win. Her opponent, Kelsey Beard, reportedly had three years of kickboxing experience. “When I fought, I had my guard down the whole time because I wanted to find out what it was like to get hit; I wanted to find out if this was for me or not,” said Conde. “When she finally hit me in the face, I remember thinking, ‘This is nothing.'” Conde took Beard to the ground and pounded her out. “Once I get into a fight, perhaps that darkest moment in my childhood creeps back and tells me to not let ‘them’ get the best of me now. I want to have control over my opponents; I want to have control over the challenges that face me,” she said.

In June 1999, Conde returned to Bas Rutten Invitational III to fight Jennifer Howe in MMA, but Howe didn’t show up. Conde, who had gone to Denver on her own dime and slept on wrestling mats at the gym since she couldn’t afford a hotel, was devastated. “I told the promoter to put me in anything. I didn’t care if it was boxing or kickboxing; I just wanted to compete,” she said. Without any standup experience, Conde faced Melissa Hutcheson in a kickboxing bout and completely dominated her. The referee stopped the fight in the second round-only the altitude gave her a hard time.

The win gave Conde the confidence to continue and Rutten turned her on to Marcus Vinicius, Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club’s resident BJJ instructor. “I learned so much more than just grappling from taking BJJ and like the fact that I can close the distance between me and my opponent,” said Conde, who still sees Rutten as her mentor. “Bas has taught me a lot more about how to be a great fighter and how to judge your instincts.”

Mayra Conde Female BJJ State Champion

In 2000, Conde competed in four events. After winning first place in the California State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in March of that year, she fought her second MMA bout in Mark Hall’s Cobra Challenge against a 5’9″, 210-pound Samoan. Using her strength, Conde took her opponent down, maintained control and punished her with rib shots. As she turned over, Conde choked her out.

Taking 1st place in the heavyweight and absolute divisions in the U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in California prompted Conde to once again test her personal best. She traveled by herself to Lamia, Greece to compete in the first World Wide Pankration Championships. Under pankration athlima rules, competitors wore gi-like uniforms and were not allowed to strike to the face, but kicks and punches to the body were allowed, and so were submissions. Conde thought she would fight over a dozen times, but many of the competing countries did not have women in her weight class. She ended up fighting three times and took home two gold medals. “One girl I fought was the captain of the Israeli police force who had 18 years of martial arts experience,” said Conde. “She did absolutely nothing; I took her down and that was that.”

The following year, Conde flew to Brazil to compete in the World Wide Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships. Competing in the absolute division, Conde faced a much heavier and more skilled opponent. “She had already won the Pan Ams and she was awarded the purple belt after she beat me on points,” said Conde, who returned home with a bronze medal.

Conde finished 2001 with three more 1st place tournament victories in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Now focused on MMA, she sees her fight in Hook n Shoot as her reawakening. “I was very happy that someone out there believed in women for this sport because there are enough women out there that people can get interested in and do something with,” said Conde. “If we, as the fighters, give the public a good show, then we’ll get the respect we deserve.”

Mayra Conde Pro Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

Conde will be facing AMC Pankration’s Angela Restad on the April 13 event and says: “She has some skills and hopefully she can keep up with me. I have to test myself against everyone in my weight class.” Training with roommate and fellow Hook n Shoot competitor Olga Bakalopoulos, Conde feels that with her trainer Marcus Vinicius, both will be ready come fight time. She also believes that the spirit of her grandfather is still with her; he passed away last year but her fighting career is dedicated to him. “He’s been a major inspiration to me and he brought me up to be the person that I am today,” she said.

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Tara Larosa vs. Shelby Walker

Tara Larosa vs. Shelby Walker from Hook ‘n Shoot April 2002. Tara Nicole LaRosa is an American mixed martial artist and grappler whose most high-profile successes occurred while competing in BodogFight, where she became the first and only BodogFight Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Tara Larosa vs. Shelby Walker

 

Tara Larossa fight stats

BIRTHDAY: 1978-01-08
AGE: 37 Country USA WOODSTOWN, NEW JERSEY
UNITED STATES
HEIGHT
5’6″
167.64 CM WEIGHT
121 LBS
54.88 KG ASSOCIATION:
JACKSON-WINK MMA
CLASS: FLYWEIGHT
WINS
22 3 KO/TKO (14%) 12 SUBMISSIONS (55%) 7 DECISIONS (32%)

5 Losses

Shelby Walker
Boxer pro MMA fighter
Born: February 27, 1975, Kingsville, TX
Died: September 24, 2006, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 5′ 8″
Martial art: Boxing
Division: Featherweight
Movies: Hook N Shoot: Revolution, Hook N Shoot: Revolution 4, Hook N Shoot: Revolution 3

Shelby Walker Fight stats

BIRTHDAY: N/A
AGE: N/A Country USA CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
UNITED STATES
HEIGHT
5’6″
167.64 CM WEIGHT
125 LBS
56.7 KG ASSOCIATION:
WEAPONS AT HAND MMA
CLASS: FLYWEIGHT
WINS
2 1 KO/TKO (50%) 0 SUBMISSIONS (0%) 1 DECISIONS (50%)

3 Losses

Shelby Walker passed away September 24th 2006  which was a sad day in the female boxing and MMA community! She will be missed by many fans and friends! Shelby went into pro boxing and was making a huge success in female boxing!

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