Omar’s invite tough to refuse

One of Cayman’s most accomplished
martial arts exponents has been honoured with an invite to fight in a world
renowned full contact tournament in Thailand next month.

Omar Dixon is honing his body in
between tough work sessions in construction for McAlpine to be ready to compete
at the World Kumite Championships in Bangkok.

It starts on 9 March and he may
have to fight three times in a week against some of the toughest martial arts
exponents around.

Every two years the World Kumite
Championships are held there and are by invitation only.

Dixon’s name was put forward by Master Steve Graham who runs the Cayman Islands Taekwondo School.

Dixon, 26, last fought
on a Proving Ground show at the King’s Sports Centre a year ago.

He won comfortably on points and
has been training hard ever since with Master Graham and Sensei Ricky Dixon who
is Omar’s brother and a third degree black belt in judo and has been training
his sibling on a daily basis for the last four months apart from the classes he
attends at Ooi’s Taekwondo.

Although Nicaraguan-born and having
lived in Cayman for only four years, Dixon is excited at representing his adopted
country in the cauldron of Bangkok.

“I sometimes finish work at 7pm and
then go into the gym to train hard,” Dixon
said. “I sparred with six different guys last week one after the other with no
rest and I’m a bit sore now but I know this is what I have to do to get

Although full contact, fighters
will not be allowed to punch to the face they are allowed to kick to the face,
body and legs and punch with full power.

Master Steve said: “This is a tough
one for Omar but on the strength of his showing in the MMA last year and the
dedicated hard training he has been going through I decided to put his name
forward to Grand Master Ooi who is on the executive board of the WKO. 

“This is a huge televised event and
a big deal and a unique opportunity for Omar. It will be a great experience for
him and it’ll be interesting to see how well he does.”

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