Greg Dillon, martial arts instructor comments, “They were highly successful.”
According to Dillon, three of the students at his dojo competed, while 25 students attended the competition from West Virginia.
“We entered three contests. Evan Adkins, 18, Issac Wallace, 24, and Chaz Lynch, 19, all participated.
“They limited the contestants in knee strikes and elbows; the competion was not as violent,” Dillon says of the amateur mixed martial arts competion hled at Rutland, Ohio.
According to Dillon, participating in the competition was productive for his students, as it allowed them three things:
“First, they managed to win; secondly, they were able to experience things outside of Boone County; and third, it was successful for them to match their skills with those in Ohio.”
According to Dillon, many participating in Ohio had also comnpeted in larger venues such as Las Vegas and New Jersey.
“This gave the students more confidence in knowing that they’re just as good as anyone eslse is,” he said.
Garnering the nickname, “Boone County Brawlers,” the martial arts students in Madison received support from the crowd when Issac Wallace’s competition ended in a total knock out , or TKO as so commonly called among competitors of the sport.
“Evan Adkin’s match ended the first round in a triangle choke,” Dillon shared.
Lynch’s match ended in a daw, with a split decision and was the last fight of the night - a headline event that had crowds on their feet.
The Boone County Brawlers will continue to compete in both regional and national competitions at any chance they have, according to Dillon.