MMA: 10 Years of Striking and Grappling

Are you interested in:

Learning self-defense techniques like those from a dojo.

Having an official teacher who mastered the materials art her teaches.

Being part of a group of students that think Martial arts is cool.

Learning valuable skills that will help in real life situations.

Learning multiple kinds of martial arts to improve one’s body, mind and soul.

Attending competitions and being given the opportunity to win medals or trophies.

Receiving distinction and recognition for your hard work and dedication by receiving different color belts.

Enhancing your ability to concentrate.

Being a part of a club that support and pushes you to work hard and achieve goals you never thought possible.

Learning how to be more independent, disciplined and to live a healthier lifestyle.

If you said “Yes” to any of the options mentioned above, you are like Danielle Pliskin, President of JWU Mixed Martial Arts Club (MMA). Danielle has been a member of the club for one year and is presently a yellow belt holder. When asked how long it took to receive the Yellow Belt distinction she replied, “It all depends on personal drive and how much you work at it. With our Sifu Cam, belts are no easy thing to obtain, you must work for it.”

Sifu is the term used to describe a skillful person or a master. Trained by authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai martial arts master, JWU Sifu is none other than Cam Mandeville. Sifu Cam has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years. Other members of the executive board are: Stefani Scalia, Vice President; Frances Ngo, Treasurer and Marissa Mathis, Secretary and PR. Students can become a member for $45 a month or $120 a trimester.

Thankfully, while in her sophomore year, studying Criminal Justice at JWU, Danielle has never had to use the defense techniques learned in MMA in real life. However, it goes without saying that those very same skills of striking and grappling may come in handy one day. In the meantime, finding the balance with work, academics, social life, and being a part of the club is top priority. Danielle stated that “…if you want it enough, you can make it happen. It’s worth every minute.”

This year the MMA is celebrating 10 years of existence on campus. MMA is receiving one of the largest wrestling mats this year. MMA has practice on Mondays at the Wildcat Center (Multipurpose Room B) from 4 PM to 7 PM, Wednesdays also at the Wildcat Center from 5 PM to 7 PM and Fridays in the Xavier Wrestling Room from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

Students can sign up for MMA on the Involvement Network.

Trumane Trotman 

Staff Writer 

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