By Sara Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The New Year is upon us and you might be interested in losing weight, gaining some self-defense skills and meeting new people.
If you’ve tried other fitness and exercise programs and after two weeks of exercises, it no longer has your attention, then CSUSB’s Mixed Martial Arts club is what you’ve been looking for.
“It’s just about enjoying martial arts, teaching self-defense to those who want to learn and making friends,” said Dakota Hughes, kick boxing instructor and club Vice President.
With sixteen years of experience, Hughes instructs knowledgeably and efficiently.
The club also offers instruction in Jiujitsu from Ryan Haglund and wrestling from Paul Maldonado.
The benefit of having three instructors specializing in their fields means a variety in workouts.
Member Cody Brouillette said members can expect, “change of pace with workouts.”
Each session will deal with different aspects of the three disciplines.
Potential new members can expect to be greeted with open arms and warm smiles.
“Joining the club has been a great experience for me. This club has open doors to new friendships and growth as a person,” said beginner member Natalie Lu.
Club dues are $20 per quarter and are utilized to purchase equipment and pay entrance fees for the collegiate competitions.
Members can train, get in shape, compete or work towards the professional level of MMA.
Members consist of a variety of majors and interests.
The commonality between the members would be their passion for the realm of MMA and agreeable dispositions.
Often members seek council from each other in order to improve their overall well-being.
The group consists of approximately 20 members ranging from all experience levels.
Members meet Mon. through Fri. from 2 to 4 p.m. (Mon., Wed., Fri. in PE 104 and Tue., Thu. in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center upstairs).
Unlike other clubs, the bond between members extends beyond the training room.
“We keep each other in check. That helps people who don’t have an outlet or the resources. You can come here,” said Duy Tran in explanation of the family like atmosphere between members.
To earn the rank of warrior within the club, members must complete Warrior Day.
This day is an intense training course, designed to be rigorous and physically hard-hitting.
“It is a great bonding experience as well as a chance to push yourself and see just how much you are actually capable of,” said Hughes.
A total of eight members participated in a grabbing tournament held this past year at the University of California, Irvine.
Maldonado placed second in his division and club officers commend him on his performance.
On March 3 the MMA club will hold a grabbing tournament on campus.
Attending college can be stressful and lonely, MMA club offers a fresh exercise experience and camaraderie amongst its members.
So visit them and experience first-hand the wonders of the MMA club.
You won’t be disappointed, the members alone will draw you in.