Members of the Ticonderoga-based Carbon Jiu-Jitsu MMA club will be part of a card at the Whitehall Athletic Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Representing Carbon Jiu-Jitsu will be Devon Slattery, Jose Feliciano, Nick Mars and Don Austin. Pictured are Austin, Feliciano and Slattery.
A group of Ticonderoga mixed martial arts fighters will seek championship belts.
Members of the Ti-based Carbon Jiu-Jitsu MMA club will be part of a card at the Whitehall Athletic Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The former Whitehall armory is located at 62 Poultney St.
Tickets are available at the Whitehall Athletic Club and by calling 260-8759 or 499-0134.
Representing Carbon Jiu-Jitsu will be Devon Slattery, Jose Feliciano, Nick Mars and Don Austin. Slattery and Feliciano will be seeking Whitehall Athletic Club titles sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association.
Carbon Jiu-Jitsu is led by Arnold Ross.
“What started in my home basement back in 2005 with my two sons as a way to stay fit and learn more about the sport has become a passion of mine,” Ross said. “Living in an area where there was very limited access to high level instruction forced our learning process into purchasing books, DVDs, internet sites and traveling to seminars as well as good old trial and error sparring. All these methods of learning have proven to be very effective as our team’s current record indicates.
“Carbon Jiu-Jitsu is our name,” he said. “As our name suggests, there is only one way a chunk of coal becomes a diamond and that is with extreme pressure over time.”
Call Ross at 419-7785 for information on the Ticonderoga club.
The Whitehall bouts will be five rounds, three minutes each.
“This will not be a cakewalk,” Ross said of the Whitehall event. “Jose’s opponent is from Rochester and is from a tough team by the name of Iron Sharpens Iron. Devon’s opponent is from New Hampshire and reigns from a team who has roots into the Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, called Team-Link. Both opponents are ranked in the top 10 rankings for amateur fighters in New England.
“The other two fighters, Nick Mars and Don Austin represent the full age spectrum of this sport — Nick being our youngest member at 20 years old and Don our most senior at 40 years old,” Ross said. “Nick is our most recent member and with only a month and a half of training took a fight in Burlington against a seasoned Irish boxer turned MMA fighter and did extremely well. Don has two fights under his belt and both of these opponents were half his age, but Don showed them how grit sometimes trumps youth. Don will be facing a fighter his age this time in Whitehall; both fighters proving it is never too late to pursue something you love.”
Also taking part in the Whitehall event will be Darrin Hunsdon Jr., an affiliate member of the Ticonderoga club, who lives and works in Syracuse.
“This will be the second time the two cousins, Darrin and Nick, will be fighting together on the same card,” Ross said. “Darrin is undefeated at 3-0 and is quite a wrecking machine inside the cage.”
Ross said MMA is gaining popularity.
“Mixed martial arts, or more familiar MMA, is without a doubt the fastest growing sport in the world today,” Ross said. “The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently the world’s largest MMA promotion. The UFC was developed to answer an age old question as to which martial art was the most effective in a real combative confrontation between competitors of different fighting disciplines. As the sport began to evolve, fighters began adopting effective techniques from more than one discipline which indirectly helped create an entirely separate style of fighting known as present day MMA.”