By Inno Sita |Staff Writer|
CSUSB MMA club won three medals at the Sonoma State California Collegiate Grappling League Tournament, including a first place medal from their Vice President, Kevin Fajardo on Nov. 9.
Farjardo joined the club early 2012 competing at his best and recruiting others to join the club as well.
His major is Kinesiology, and with his contribution in MMA, he hopes in the future to help maintain good health and strength for himself and others.
He has been involved in several tournaments. Farjardo’s first match was karate, inside the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) gym at the USC campus.
After his first match, Farjardo was eager to learn more techniques and striking.
The MMA club has been around for over a year and is a fairly new club that welcomes both guys and girls at any skill level.
It offers great opportunities for CSUSB students to experience different types of martial arts, such as karate, judo, kickboxing and wrestling.
The club demonstrates on how to fight for competition, self-defense, entertainment, mental, physical and fitness.
MMA President Dakota Hughes opens up his club for students interested in mixed martial arts at the Physical Education building twice a week.
“Dakota is a great leader. He’s very responsible, always trying to attend every meetings to motivate others. He’s very dedicated, he gets all the paperwork done on time. That’s showing great leadership,” said Fajardo.
During practice, Hughes makes sure the members acknowledge their rights, speak up, and vote for their voices to be heard.
MMA club has the chance to compete with other schools. Whichever school they compete with is based on the member’s votes.
The club is to help increase teamwork skills, communication, and other aspects that work on leadership skills.
“The club allowed me to increase my mixed martial art skills, having fun, meeting new people, having a nice group of friends and it looks good on my resume,” said Fajardo.
MMA members practice inside the school and outside.
Members can practice and have private training lessons at the MMA house, which has a mat and equipments provided.
If interested in the MMA club, membership is included and costs eight dollars.
The club hosts different events, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is specially televised only by pay per view.
The CSUSB MMA Club members will be hosting the Student Leadership Obstacle Course by the Rec Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The club is also planning a new tournament in March 2014, along with Stanford early Feb. 2014.
To visit their training session, the MMA club trains in PE 104 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.