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Arlington kickboxers compete in Everett
ARLINGTON March is shaping up to be a big month for Arlington Kickboxing Academy alums.
At the Ax Fighting Championships Volume 15 Spring Break, at Everett Community College March 17, Arlington Kickboxing Academy students Matt Coble, Jarod McCoun and Andy Johnson will show their skills in mixed martial arts matches.
AKA instructor Landon Showalter touted the event as a safe, professionally run opportunity for local up-and-coming talents to face off in the ring and gain visibility.
Theyve got doctors and physicians on staff, Showalter said. Its actually safer than boxing, even though they use smaller gloves, because if one fighter receives too many unanswered blows, they dont wait for a standing eight-count. Theyll stop the fight right away. Were not crazy.
At the same time, each match requires its contestants to be competent in boxing, kickboxing and wrestling, among other skills. Showalter expressed his confidence in his fighters versatility in those areas.
Matts a wrestler, but hes beaten his opponents with technical knock-outs, so hes won while he was still on his feet, which could be considered his weakest point, Showalter said. Jarod and Andy are both making their debuts. Theyre new to the game, but theyve been training hard and theyre well-rounded. Anything can happen. Ive seen guys who were winning get a submission reversed on them in the last 10 seconds.
Showalter himself will get to test his mettle, along with his still-sore right hand, in the final round of the Ring of Combat Tournament of Champions contest series, in Atlantic City, N.J., March 18.
Showalter has competed as one of eight fighters in the two previous rounds of the televised mixed martial arts contest series middleweight division, each one vying for a grand prize of up to $100,000.
During the second round Nov. 17, Showalter broke his right hand and required subsequent surgery, wiring and plating for his broken bones and torn ligaments, but he shrugged off his injuries as pretty common for this sport.
Although he deemed his hand mostly healed, he admitted that he doesnt plan to use it as much during his final round of fighting, which marks a departure from his preferred method of knockout punches to win his fights.
In the meantime, he reminded prospective new members of the Arlington Kickboxing Academy that hes running a $100 discount on new memberships, so it only costs $85 to sign up now.
The Arlington Kickboxing Academy provides provide kids fitness, boxing, kickboxing, pankration and yoga and self-defense classes, at their 1,500-square-foot facility on 21108 67th Ave. in Arlington. The Ax Fighting Championships Volume 15 Spring Break takes place March 17 at 8 p.m. at Everett Community College. To learn more, you may contact Showalter at 360-435-8814.