MMA fighters make debut in Merritt

Intrepid Mixed Martial Arts team member Jordan Roy is prepping for his amateur debut in a mixed martial arts match this Saturday, Sept. 8.

Training: Intrepid Mixed Marshall Arts team member Jordan Roy practices under the supervision of teammate Ryan Hunniford for an upcoming bout on the UCL15 King of the Valley card taking place Sept. 8 in Merritt.

Training: Intrepid Mixed Marshall Arts team member Jordan Roy practices under the supervision of teammate Ryan Hunniford for an upcoming bout on the UCL15 King of the Valley card taking place Sept. 8 in Merritt.

Intrepid Mixed Martial Arts team member Jordan Roy is prepping for his amateur debut in a mixed martial arts match this Saturday, Sept. 8.

Roy has won numerous no-gi grappling and pankration events in B.C. and feels ready for whatever he will encounter in the cage.

He will be fighting at UCL 15: King of the Valley in Merritt.

Marcus Blair was scheduled to fight on the same card, also making his amateur debut, but suffered a hyper-extended elbow  while training that has unfortunately required him to miss this event. He will, no doubt, be back in the action as soon as he is recovered.

This can be a rough and demanding sport and, although precaution are always taken, accidents do occur — especially when preparing for a cage fight.

Matt Blair is also fighting in Merritt; he has trained with Intrepid Mixed Martial Arts, as well as the local boxing club, and has recently moved to Kamloops. He will be making his amateur debut as well.

Most Intrepid Mixed Martial Arts members do not actually compete in the cage, although that does remain the goal of many.  The competitions are primarily no-gi grappling/pankration events held throughout B.C.  These competitions are either grappling-only or a more rules-restricted version of full MMA that takes place on open mats rather than in a cage.

Head instructor Richard Dubois, along with several team members, is also headed to the world championships in no-gi grappling this fall.

The club welcomes everyone with an interest in serious training and members consist of both genders with an age range of around 14 and up. Training is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. Another class will run Fridays and Saturdays in the fall.

A clean pair of shorts, a fitted T-shirt, and a mouth guard are all that is required to hop on the mats.

The gym is located just east of the downtown Tim Hortons, below the seniors centre.

For more information, call Rick at 250-804-6516, or find the club on facebook at www.facebook.com/IntrepidMMA.

Salmon Arm Observer