The martial arts community is very active in the DC metro area. You can read about local news in DC at Mixed Martial Arts in DC News. MMA in DC News covers local martial arts events such as MMA fights, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments, and Muay Thai events f95zone.
MMA in DC News did an article on Nakapan Phungephorn’s BETA Academy of Martial Arts. On January 12, 2011, the BETA Academy Fight Team held fight team try outs in Columbia Heights. To the general fitness community, they are not aware of such fighter try outs. However, this is local news in DC that should be seen by the regular community. In order to be a part of the fight team, you had to submit an application and be reviewed by the head instructor, Nakapan Phungephorn. After being selected, you had to go through a 2 hour session for fighter try outs. This included many physical activities including sparring.
In other local news in DC, Master Lloyd Irvin held his ground breaking MMA Millionnaire Blueprint event at the L’Enfante Hotel in Washington, DC. This event attracted approximately 200 martial artists from all over the world including grappling world champions, UFC fighters, and a UFC Champion. The feedback from the community was overwhelmingly positive.
As part of the 4 day seminar, the audience voted for the MMA Millionnaire Marketer of the Year. A New Yorker named Justin Garcia made local news in DC by winning the first ever award after being voted the winner by the audience. Two of the local competitors included Julius Park of Crazy88 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Elkridge, MD and Nakapan Phungephorn of BETA Academy in Washington, DC.
On the outskirts of the metro area, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu was featured as local news in DC, demonstrating their mixed martial arts skills at their MMA class in Herndon, VA. The fighters featured MMA fighters, grappling champions, and muay thai fighters. The MMA class was run by Bill Easlick and had fighters such as Bryan Lane (Operation Octagon Champion) and Hiro Perera.
These are some of the martial arts event highlights that occurred as local news in DC during the month of January 2011. Team Lloyd Irvin will be participating in the WKA Nationals. Fairfax Jiu Jitsu fighter Bryan Lane will defend his title at Operation Octagon later this year. The martial arts community has many events going on in the DC metro area and should be considered as an import part of local news in DC.