Training on for mixed martial arts competition

Mixed martial arts: Tommy Keefe, Mark Adamini, Kiel Bennell, Pat Williamson and Damien Rak.FOR two weeks, training has been under way for six people to attend the WA interclub Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sparring competition in Perth.
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Held on November 24, the competition is an opportunity for beginners through to advanced athletes to develop competitive mixed martial arts skills and relationships.

It is also about promoting sportsmanship, teaching dignity, humility and respect in combat.

Kiel Bennell, Mark Adamini, Pat Williamson and Shae Williamson have secured their place with two others yet to be determined.

Instructor Tommy Keefe has a close relationship with Evolution MMA and said he wanted to carry on the Northam PCYC legacy and create rolemodels.

“This is the first step in doing so,” Keefe said. “We are looking to run our own tournament in Northam next year.

“East Coast CMMA is in motion of bringing out the next group of athletes to represent not just Northam but the Wheatbelt as a whole, also with the inclusion of other programs in our club being baby boomers, juniors and women’s self-defence classes.”

He said Vinnie Caruana was a perfect example of this, starting with the club early on and now training with the WA boxing elite.

“All Vinnie needed was support and the belief he has what it takes, now he is living his dream of being a professional boxer,” Keefe said.

The club is also looking for further sponsors. “We have Quin’s Gourmet Butchers at the moment and would definitely like to hear from other businesses,” Keefe said.

Keefe also welcomed the return of Damien Rak as head striking coach.

Described as an “old steward”, Keefe said Rah represented a crucial push for the club.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tommy Keefe on 9622 2220.

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