The Cayman Fight Factory members have been busy recently, and none more so than Flloyd Moxam, who last week won a gold medal in a grappling event in Florida.
Moxam was supposed to compete at light heavyweight, but there was no one else registered in that division so he was bracketed as the smallest fighter in the heavyweight division. He fought two opponents in the tournament and won both fights.
The tournament was the North American Grappling Association Florida State Championship at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Sept. 26.
“I won my first match by decision, and in the finals I took gold by submitting my opponent using a toe hold in under two minutes,” Moxam said. He is a coach and co-owner of the CFF.
Gary Montemayor, 59, another CFF member, also competed and took silver at the event. He was in the same competition as Moxam, in the beginners lightweight class.
Florida is one of the toughest regions to compete in. It is also the home of many of America’s top mixed martial arts schools, such as American Top Team and the Blackzilians, who produce some of the best fighters in the UFC.
Moxam hopes his next fight will be in Cayman.
“I’ve mostly fought overseas over the past few years and people are always asking me when will I fight at home again,” the 28-year-old Caymanian said.
“I’m eager to showcase my skills locally and enjoy the advantage of a home-town crowd.
“Also, the stress and cost of traveling is something many people don’t consider when competing overseas.”
He is preparing for the Pan American Grappling Championship in Lakeland, Florida on Dec. 5.
“I hope to have a few people competing alongside me so that Cayman is well represented,” Moxam said. “I’d like to thank all of my training partners and sponsors for their support.”
Jesse Livingston is another CFF coach and co-owner. He spent a month in Thailand training in various Muay Thai gyms and had “an incredible experience.”
One gym was Wech Pinyo Muay Thai, whose trainers all compete regularly.
“They have six male instructors – Kru Siaw, Kru Pon, Kru Noi, Kru Watt, Kru Soi and Kru Aek, as well as one female instructor,” Livingston said. “Also, Kru Wech, who started the gym, teaches classes as well. There is incredible dedication and respect at Wech Pinyo, I felt right at home as soon as I arrived there.”
The 37-year-old electrician at Corporate Electric brought back from Thailand numerous new training methods, including a lot of elbow, knee and clinch techniques as these three elements took up the majority of the class structure there.
Livingston is pleased that the quality of Muay Thai taught at Cayman Fight Factory is in line with the traditional Thailand form. “There were only subtle differences, something that can be expected half a world away.”
As a result of his experience in Thailand, the instructors are pushing members harder now, but also maintaining close attention to detail.
The gym welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels into its friendly team environment. “We are now holding ‘Tribute To Thailand’ classes, which push the cardio to the max and run for about two-and-a-half hours,” said Livingston.
“We hope to continue expanding Muay Thai, jiu jitsu and MMA awareness in the Cayman Islands and Caribbean. We will continue to compete regularly so that our students know they are getting genuine instruction from experienced coaches.”
Rohann Exctain is another CFF co-owner and coach who applied his Muay Thai skills abroad. Exctain fought Tyson Issacs in Bahamas and lost on a second-round stoppage last month.
The 33-year-old Caymanian’s combat skills are in karate, judo and MMA.
“Opening CFF has been the most liberating and rewarding decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “My gym members are my friends and together we have fun getting healthy.”