Bob brings down grappling champs

Cayman’s martial arts students will be getting a special treat.

Derek Weaver from Las Vegas is a North American Grappling Champion and he will be teaching a seminar on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Saturday, 23 June. Three-time national amateur kickboxing champion Danny Davis Jr, also from Las Vegas, will be teaching a Muay Thai kickboxing seminar at The D.Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym.

Bob Daigle of Cayman Kickboxing Academy is the organizer. Daigle said, “No experience is necessary to participate in these seminars. If you have ever thought about getting involved in martial arts, this is a great way to start. Danny will be teaching the participants the proper way to execute kicks, punches, knees and elbows.

“Also students will learn winning fighting combinations, defence and conditioning exercises. Kickboxing workouts burn between 800 and 1200 calories in one hour. It’s a great way to get in shape, relieve stress and develop self-confidence.”

Daigle also thanked major sponsor Cayman Airways, who are supplying two tickets for Weaver and Davis Jr. and four tickets for students from Cayman Brac to attend the seminars.

Weaver will be teaching a Jiu Jitsu seminar where students will learn how to defend themselves against a bigger and stronger opponent while on the ground. It is known as the gentle art. Using no striking, students learn how to control and submit opponents using leverage and technique. Daigle states his presence in Cayman comes as mixed martial artsare growing in popularity.

“Grappling tournaments have exploded in popularity in the past five years. There are tournaments in the US that have thousands of competitors competing. These tournaments are huge for sports tourism for any country who hosts them.

“We have plans to host these types of tournaments in Cayman and invite competitors from around the world to visit our beautiful island. In fact, we are forming a Mixed Martial Arts sporting association for the Caribbean/Central America.”

The association will promote amateur Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and sport karate throughout the Caribbean. A meeting to form this sporting association will be held to coincide with the seminars in Grand Cayman on 23 June. Heads of mixed martial arts programmes from Jamaica, Honduras, Cayman Brac and the Bahamas are slated to attend.

The goal is to promote martial arts sports tourism throughout the Caribbean and Central America. Dr. Kent Bazard, head of mixed martial arts in the Bahamas, has wanted to form this association for years.

He is excited about the possibilities and sends an open invitation to all of the Cayman Islands martial arts students to compete in the Bahamas Open Martial Arts Championships in Nassau in January 2013. Daigle plans to work together with other instructors in Cayman in order to send a Cayman team there.

“I have been in talks with various groups from Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and many other countries and they are looking forward to work closely with our association from the Caribbean. The ultimate goal is to have the Caribbean and Central American Mixed Martial Arts Championships held in the Cayman Islands.

“We plan to host a small grappling competition on 23 June at the boxing gym. Derek Weaver will referee the matches and help get this sport off the ground in the Cayman Islands. We plan only to have two divisions: beginner and advanced. If you would like more information about the tournament/seminars, e-mail [email protected]

Special thanks to Burger King, Bud Light, Erich Bosch of Cambridge Real Estate, Villas of the Galleon for the instructors’ accommodations and Coconut Car Rentals for providing a car for the 
Brac team.


  1. Better late than never, this.

    This is coming some 6 years after the first-ever mixed martial arts event held in Cayman, Proving Ground 1 which had a card of local and international fighters…and provided some of the most entertaining sports combat events ever seen in Cayman.

    And attracted 1,500 spectators to the Royal Watler Terminal; a ground-breaking, pioneering event for all involved.

    Since then, MMA as an organiised sport, lost momentum because of a variety of reasons; the original schools and gymns that took part in Proving Ground 1, the Palaestra Gymn and Yoshin Dojo, along with the fighters from other organizationsmight have moved on or are still in Cayman but…

    The potential for MMA in Cayman and the Caribbean is huge.

    Its good to see that Bob will now take up the mantle to move things forward.

    Good luck to him !

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