When you’re as serious about fashion as Angie is, staying fit and in shape isn’t even a question. So when KnuckleUp first opened, Angie was right on board. She enjoys all the classes at KnuckleUp, and loves to come workout.
When she isn’t getting fit in the gym, Angie and her partner, Brandi Midgett Morris, run the top online designer fashion boutique MidgettGray.com. Originally Angie ran a local boutique on the beach. But with her passion for fashion and years of experience, it was only a matter of time before she went into business for herself.
MidgettGray.com is online only, and features contemporary, high-end designer clothing for formal and casual wear. A lot of the clothes Angie has to offer are the same makers you read about in magazines, the “What’s Hot in Hollywood” type of fashion. Angie jokingly refers to some of her clothing choices as designer denim.
weight, Angie is offering a $200 gift card to her site, along with a free personal consultation. Angie has quite the eye for fashion, and she will personally help the winner pick clothing that looks the best for them. Angie is sponsoring the event because she feels that encouraging people to get in shape is a great cause. Not to mention, once the winner gets a new designer outfit, it’s an excellent incentive to stay in shape.
So make sure you sign up for the Biggest Loser Challenge for your chance to win this opportunity to dress like a celebrity. And check out MidgettGray.com, so you can look as good out of the ring as you do in it.
Warner Dashiell has been good friends with Morrison since high school. So when Warner was looking for a place to get in shape, what better place than his friends gym, KnuckleUp?
Warner and his wife, Dusty, both joined up to get a little more fit. Warner is in the Kickboxing class, and Dusty started the Fitness Boot Camp. Warner was surprised at the intensity of the class. He was expecting something easier, but he enjoyed meeting the challenge. Warner usually attends two or three times a week, but wants to get it up to four times a week. Warner really enjoys going, but his long hours at work means sometimes he misses class.
You would think that Warner’s job with one of the premiere Outer Banks pool builders, GulfStream Pools and Spas, would be hard enough. Warner has over 12 years of experience servicing and installing swimming pools and hot tubs.
Warner Dashiell getting ready for class
He also has a degree in Horticulture/Landscape Design from NC State, which ensures that when his company puts in a swimming pool, you’re not left with an ugly yard all around it. And he didn’t just stop his education there either; Warner also has his Certified Pool Operators license and is a CPC certified installer. Those are not easy licenses to get; they require a lot of knowledge in the field and involve extensive testing.
Warner at the bag
Warner says he has no plans to compete, though when pressed, he says “Maybe someday.” He is pleased with the weight he’s lost, though he thinks he has a long way to go. At the very least, Warner has made a step in the right direction by involving himself in a healthy exercise regimen.
So if you see Warner around, make sure you encourage him to get out there and compete. And just think, if you got a pool from his company, you’d have somewhere cool and refreshing to go after getting hot and sweaty in the ring!
This past Saturday, before the fights started, a group of good-looking KnuckleUp students headed over to the Wright Memorial bridge to participate in the celebration of the 9th Annual Kitty Hawk Heritage Day festival.
The main event, a 5K race, was a walk in the park for these beach bootcamp graduates, so they had plenty of time to shoot some pictures and even put some videos together for us.
We want to congratulate everybody for their efforts, and celebrate another win with you!
It's no surprise they did so well in the race - under Matt's military training they run well over 5k at least twice a week. Actually, it's more like 7 MILES twice a week.
A big thanks for Rev. Jay Bowman for putting this awesome video together:
Before you start watching the video, let's go a few weeks back to the King Of The Beach MMA event held at Port O' Call, in Kill Devil Hills, September 06th.
At the very end of Wayne Hunter's fight, his coach is telling him to choke his opponent - the only problem is that Wayne has mounted, and was in no position to pull that choke. Anybody with basic Jiu Jitsu experience would know that.
Morrison, while filming the fight, politely tells Wayne's coach that he didnt have the lock and would not be able to choke his opponent (you can listen to the entire conversation during the last minute of the video); his coach goes ballistic over Morrison's advice and immediately challenges him to get on the "stage".
Fast forward 20 days after that silly discussion - Morrison receives a text message from Wayne Hunter saying his coach was going to come to KnuckleUp and prove to Morrison that grappling is not important. He was going to jump on the "stage" and defeat Morrison without taking the fight to the ground.
Nobody believed he'd actually show up; but yesterday (9/22) he showed up at KnuckleUp with an entourage of 15+ of his students, and his own timekeeper. After signing a waiver of liability, the coach decides NOT to use gloves, and asks for ONE 15-min round. There would be no rules on the fight.
You can see what happened in the video above. It was quite a prehistoric approach, thought to be lost somewhere around 1997 after the first UFCs with Royce Gracie. In fact, the coach did resemble Tank Abott somewhat
One might think the coach overreacted, after all, it was a spur-of-the-moment discussion during a fight - but there's much more underneath the surface.
However, despite his ascending mma career, Wayne has never had any grappling training, and lacks basic ground skills. Wayne lost his past two matches due to his inability to defend himself from being taken down and dominated on the ground. But when he finally faced the need to learn Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling, his coach (the KungFu master on the video) would not allow it.
For whatever reason, Wayne's coach believed (I dont think he's so sure of it now) that grappling skills were not important for MMA.
Well, we sincerely wish he would've learned that grappling skills are important without having to undergo Morrison's punch-face treatment.
KnuckleUp wants to reinforce to all of those reading this post that fights like this one bring no glory, have no purpose, and are completely unnecessary. Fighting bare-knuckled is dangerous even for the guy punching, and we STRONGLY urge that nobody follows this coach's idea to solve a simple argument.
With that said, enjoy the video - it's darn good entertainment.
KnuckleUp is proud to announce major changes in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / MMA program for this upcoming fall. New instructors, brand new classes, and brand-spanking-new bjj installations.
To keep myself form "hyping" this post too much, let's start with the changes that are already in place, and then we'll discuss the future ones..
New Jiu Jitsu & MMA Coach
Jeremiah Lancaster has quietly taken over the BJJ classes, and his extensive background in wrestling adds highly effective strategies to the jiu jitsu mix.
Here's a little bit on Jeremiah's background:
Jeremiah Lancaster is a close quarters combat and hand to hand instructor at Ft. Bragg, NC. He is a professional MMA fighter himself as well as having coached 2 All-Army Championship teams with several All-Army Champions. Jeremiah has also coached in the International Fight League as well as over a hundred other fights in many organizations.
And some of his impressive accomplishments:
Head Coach Team-ROC Fayetteville/FT.Bragg 2004-2008
Head Combatives Instructor for 7th Special Forces Group 2006-2008
NAGA-National, North American, and World submission wrestling champion
Our very own Sal Rullan is crafting the very first Gi Jiu Jitsu class program in the Outer Banks! Sal has recently undergone intensive gracie jiu jitsu training in Virginia Beach, and is now ready to start teaching solid fundamentals that are only really possible with the appropriate garment.
A Gi (Kimono) Jiu Jitsu program is set to start soon at KnuckleUp
Up until this point, very few students had ever trained with the Gi, given that it's widely unpopular for MMA purposes (anybody remembers Royce Gracie's fights on the first UFCs?). Also, the beauty of the Smooth Art (jiu=art / jitsu= smooth) is that chokes, locks, and the entire body balance and positioning education work no matter what clothes a student has.
However, the way Helio Gracie taught it, the correct way, students are supposed to first solid fundamentals with the Gi and then adventure themselves without it. The Gi in Jiu Jitsu, just like any other Martial Art, represents the art's garment, and only while wearing it a student is allowed to practice.
The Gi is also called Kimono, and they will be available for purchase soon at KnuckleUp. They range from $70 to $100 and they are virtually indestructible. I had mine for well over 5 years now.
We are all very excited to see new students learn the valuable Gi fundamentals, and we hope Mr. Sal Rullan gets it rolling soon.
Bigger Mat For Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling?
Also on Mr. Rullan's to-do list is to bring down the entire weight room from upstairs to the back room (where the computer desk is at) and install a brand new mat upstairs.
This way, we'd have a room solely dedicated for grappling, with a thicker mat and more space.
We expect both the Gi program and the new mat to be ready within a month. There has been a great deal of interest in the new direction that the Jiu Jitsu classes are taking, and more people are realizing the body and mind benefits a solid martial art discipline offers.
If you want to know more about all of the projects going on at KnuckleUp, simply fill in the form to the right and we'll keep you posted on everything going on at the gym.