In mixed martial arts, there are moves like the 'hammer fist’ 'Superman punch' and 'southpaw strike.’ The sport is growing at a record pace and here in Grand Junction it's expanding with events like Fight Night and Cage Wars. More people are getting involved with the sport, not only as a way to stay in shape, but as a way to learn a new discipline and self defense.
Welcome to Crest Combat Conditioning, located off Patterson, and home to about 20 MMA fighters. Judah Legge, opened the gym in April of 2010. In three short years, they have trained fighters in 59 bouts. However at this gym you won’t just find the guys working out. Courtny Hines, and Amanda Haller are both mothers of two, and both of them fight at C.C.C.
“I think it's awesome for women and kids to get into just the athletic part of it, it's the best work out I’ve ever had," says Haller.
But both girls realize the danger of the sport they compete in and understand the importance of having a trainer by their side. Something Dr. Karston Carr, an orthopedic surgeon, says is important to work with a trainer to best avoid injuries.
"having someone with experience in whatever sport you're doing is important. MMA has grown in popularity of the last few years, and a lot of people know what it is now, but a lot of people don't have experience with it everybody has picked up a basketball so at least they're acquainted with it. So it's great to have a trainer who can oversee what you're doing," says Dr. Carr.
The sport provides a challenging way to get in shape and with the correct training and protection, it’s a lifestyle for these fighters.