K-Star Legacy’s chief instructor Damien Trainor has been asked to help a high profile MMA fighter with their striking.
The current ranked No2 flyweight in the UFC, Henry Cejudo has arranged to fly Damien out to Arizona to help improve his striking as he starts his prep for UFC 211 when he takes on Sergio Pettis in Dallas.
Damien and Henry have worked together before when they were both at world famous CSA gym in Dublin, California late last year.
Damien was at CSA for a month helping train a large number of athletes who all compete in major combat organisations such as the UFC, Glory, Bellator and Lion Fight amongst others.
While there Damien got to work with Henry and a few other guys who featured on last years Ultimate Fighter show, namely Alexandra Pantoja, Adam Antolin, Yoni Sherbatov and Nkazimulo Zulu.
Henry and Damien were both very impressed with each other and have been in talks ever since in regards to them working together again.
This shows what a high standard of instruction we have at K-Star Legacy with our instructors.
While Damien is away he has arranged for three other guest champion instructors to take some of the classes making sure his students still get the very best in tuition.
26th February saw K-Star Legacy’s Dan Edwards finally get his just dues by claiming the S3 Fight League’s world championship belt.
Dan has had an unbeaten record in Thailand for the last two years so the next logical step was to challenge for the World title.
Dan took on the very experienced Strahinja Ivanovic of Serbia at the Rialto Reborn banqueting suite in Coventry.
Dan put on a clinical performance with Ivanovic barely landing a shot. After four 8 counts via body punches the contest was finally stopped in the 4th round when Dan landed with a huge left knee to put Strahinja to the canvas.
All the years and hours of training had finally paid off for the newly crowned S3 World champion.
Also on the bill we had three other fighters compete with Jordan Matthews, Sharn Shelly and Luke Davis.
Jordan and Shard were both having their first fights with Jordan winning on points and Sharn narrowly losing. Sharn’s opponent had changed just a couple of days before the event, as his original opponent had to with withdraw due to injury. His replacement had some prior experience going in to this contest but none the less Sharn fought his heart out making it a very close points loss.
Luke Davis is slowly working his way through the ranks as he stopped his opponent with low kicks in the fourth round. This was Luke’s best performance to date and we can only see him getting better.
All in all it was a great day for K-Star Legacy.
For those that are not aware chief instructor Damien Trainor has been invited over to California to help with the fighters at CSA Gym. CSA is not only one of the top combat gyms in the US but they are one of the top Combat gyms in the world so to be invited over is a real honour.
This will mean that he’ll be away through the month of November but not to worry as we have arranged for four other champions to take special classes on Wednesdays at 6pm and 7pm during that month.
On Wednesday 9th Nov you will have the privilege of training with former British & European champion Gavin Bradley. Gavin and Damien were stable mates for a number of years and he was my regular training partner for many of Damien’s fights. Gavin had a very successful fight career and will have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to those who can attend.
On Wednesday 16th Nov we have the honour of training with Dave Willmot. Dave has a huge list of titles on his resume with the English, British, European & intercontinental k1 titles along with the ultimate impact title k1 and international Muay Thai title. Dave also trains out of the Team Tieu gym in London who have a great technical style.
On Wednesday the 23rd Nov we have another one of Damien’s old stable mates and former midland, English and British champion Richard Hart. Again Richard was a regular during Damien’s training camps as they were often fighting on the same bill. Rich had a very ferocious low kick and had stopped many of his opponents with it. Believe me you’re in for a treat.
Finally on the 30th Nov we have our very own current English champion Josh Page. Josh is fast making a name for himself with his very clever and technical style. Josh is becoming known for his trips and sweeps in the clinch along with his superb boxing. I’m sure he’s got a few tricks to share with you.
November really will have some great opportunities of training with some of the best guys past and present.
on the 17th of July Dan Edwards was in the Super Muay Thai 80kg 4man tournament out in Thailand.
Dan’s first fight in the tournament was against Alexandr Orsini of France who he knocked out in the second via a right kick to the head.
Dan went on to win the whole tournament by beating Thai opponent Thaneelek. Due to the fights being televised live in Thailand the stream to final was cut short as they had run out of air time. I’m hoping the final will be uploaded in it’s entirety at some point but for now…here is Dan’s semi final fight….enjoy.
Edwards: Blue Shorts
Orsini: Red Shorts
On the 16th July Josh Page entered The Contender Cup 70kg tournament at the O2 Arena in London.
The Contender Cup is a tournament where only people who have had less than 10 fights can enter. Depending on how many people register you could potentially have 3 fights in one day to become The Contender Cup champion for that year.
Josh usually fights at 64kg but due to the on the day weigh procedure we opted to enter the 70kg, just so that he wanted weakened at all by any weight loss.
The favourites to win the 70kg tournament was between Josh and another fighter called Colin Chu from the famous Team Tieu gym on London.
When we arrived at the O2 we were told that due to the high standard of both these guys, that they would be taken out of the tournament and made to have a stand alone fight against each other. This was because is was deemed unfair as they would have tore through the other lads and just ended up fighting each other anyway. The idea of these tournament is to build experience for the future generation.
The video below is a great technical fight between to future stars.
Page: Red Shorts
Chu: Blue Shorts