MMA team show off their skills
THE CHANCE to show off their skills in a local arena was a huge success recently for the members of Hervey Bay’s Integrated Martial Arts team.
The team took part in the recent mixed martial arts event, which was held at Maryborough Showgrounds.
Trainer Michael Green said his team showed an enormous amount of heart, willpower and skill to successfully combine the different elements of martial arts, including boxing, muay thai, karate, grappling and submission fighting.
The team included Chep Krummel, Greg Atzori, Dale MacKenzie, Kris Tassotti and Dale Dyett.
Four out of the five team members won their fight on the night and while Krummel, who was competing for the first time, did not win his fight Atzori said he competed brilliantly.
“He did really well.”
While it was a challenge to integrate so many different forms of martial arts Green said he was impressed by the efforts of his team.
“Each of the fighters were involved in a dedicated training regime in preparation for this particular event and the dedication really paid off for them on the night,” said Green, who trains the team with his brother, Tony.
It was also the first time MacKenzie had competed at an organised event and he said it was a great experience.
While the team often has to travel to compete, MacKenzie said they enjoyed only travelling a short distance and competing in front of a supportive home crowd.
He said being able to compete as a team was a big bonus, with the support of the other members helping him to relax and conquer his nerves.
“It was definitely an eye-opener – it was good,” he said.
The members showed their skill against opponents from around Qld, including Caboolture, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.
The team has a lot of input from a number of trainers, each helping the fighters master a variety of disciplines.
“It was a united effort that involved not only our weekly integrated class but also intense muay thai training with Craig Glover, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training with Troy Summerfield and boxing with Simon Lemanu, as well as the fighters’ own personal commitments to their fighting and fitness,” Green said.
The trainers were also impressed by the high level of sportsmanship displayed by their team and the mutual respect displayed by all the competitors on the night.