Jimi ‚ÄėThe Posterboy‚Äô Manuwa and John ‚ÄėThe Hitman‚Äô Hathaway were invited to The British Army‚Äôs Combat Sports Centre in Aldershot yesterday to teach a Combat Grappling seminar with a group of 30 soldiers.
Although the Combat Grappling class is a fairly new discipline within the Armed Forces, there has been a great demand for it from the soldiers.
‚ÄúSo many of the guys, including myself, are huge UFC fans, we can appreciate the kind of dedication and training that is involved‚ÄĚ said Staff Sgt Lloyd Lovejoy, ‚ÄúA lot of the soldiers already train in Mixed Martial Arts in their own clubs so know a thing or two, but to have John and Jimi down today has been a real treat.‚ÄĚ
The seminar was divided into two parts: firstly, Hathaway demonstrated a few takedowns - including a single leg takedown and omaplata submission - before moving onto some defences for takedowns such as a grip break and runaway, whilst the second saw undefeated Manuwa lead the soldiers through some striking moves.
‚ÄúThere has been a lot of talent amongst the soldiers today, these guys are obviously at a peak physical level, so they definitely put me through my paces as well,‚ÄĚ remarked Manuwa.
Hathaway added ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a real pleasure to come and teach the seminar today, I‚Äôd love to come back and take a few more classes once my fight on the 29th September is over, I can definitely see a lot of potential in some of the guys.‚ÄĚ
Staff Sgt Lloyd Lovejoy, who will be attending UFC: Struve vs Miocic, said ‚ÄúHaving followed their careers and met them both today, I can‚Äôt wait to see both John and Jimi fight on the 29th, I know a lot of soldiers will be supporting them both.‚ÄĚ
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