Arlington kickboxer competes in Atlantic City
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:52 PM
ARLINGTON Even as he continues to train his fellow Arlington residents in martial arts, Landon Showalter is returning to his roots by stepping back into the ring for a televised mixed martial arts fight in Atlantic City, N.J., Nov. 17.
Showalter, a mixed martial arts and Muay Thai champion, will be competing as one of eight fighters in the middleweight division of the Ring of Combat Tournament of Champions, each vying for a grand prize of up to $100,000.
According to Showalter, he was selected for the tournament because its organizers had noticed his performance during an earlier bout with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Pete Drago Sell. While Showalter lost by decision, the fact that he held his own against a world-class competitor like Sell apparently impressed the organizers, especially since Showalter received less than a weeks prior notice and almost no training before taking part in the match-up.
With three different shows scheduled over the course of a four-month period, Showalter has no plans to enter the ring without plenty of preparation this time, estimating that hes been working out five to 10 times as much as usual, further honing his kickboxing techniques while engaging in intensive weight training and regular three-mile runs. For Showalter, such exercises are designed to increase his ability to recover without stopping and explode when I need to.
Showalter characterized the tournament as a good event, where a lot of superstars have started, and aside from dreading the weight cut hell need to make, he remains really excited about the event, since I havent been in the ring in six months. I wanted the right event, with the most exposure. Im at the prime of my career, and nobodys going to be able to put me into any position that I havent already been in before.
While Showalter prepares for his fight, the Arlington Kickboxing Academy that he runs will still conduct all of its standard group and private lessons in exercise and self-defense, for both recreational students and professional fighters.
We provide kids fitness, boxing, kickboxing, pankration and yoga and self-defense classes, Showalter said. I dont know where else in the area you can find that many programs in one place.
The new facilitys 1,500-square-foot area is slightly less than that of his previous one, but Showalter asserted that the new building also boasts less wasted space, as well as plenty of parking and a more easily accessible entryway, as opposed to being hidden away in an alley.
Showalter also touted the fun and laid-back atmosphere of his training, noting that were not just about pumping up 24 hours a day, while offering half-off discounts for new members, cutting the $100 registration fee to just $50.
The Arlington Kickboxing Academy is now located at 21108 67th Ave. in Arlington and can be reached by phone at 360-435-8814.