In an effort to bolster Guam’s fight scene and raise money for a worthy cause, Steel Athletics tonight is hosting Glorified Sparring V at its gym in Tamuning.
With upward of 40 fighters expected to grace the octagon in a multitude of martial arts disciplines, the showcase will raise money for Salvation Army Guam Corps.
The doors open at 6 p.m. The first fight rings in at 7 p.m.
While there is no cover charge, donations are appreciated.
Steel Athletics owner JJ “Superman” Ambrose and his team have helped the Salvation Army raise money as bell ringers and wanted to do more.
By hosting fights, Steel Athletics gives families in need a fighting chance.
“Right around the holidays, with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, … we wanted to give back to families that need help,” Ambrose said. ”It seems like the holidays are the hardest times."
Glorified Sparring, in its previous four events, raised over $6,400 for its beneficiaries.
Previous benefactors are the Pacific War Museum, a coffee shop in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands destroyed by Supertyphoon Yutu, jiujitsu instructor Bob Sales, and the Tamuning Skate Park.
With Guam’s premier MMA promotion Pacific Xtreme Combat closing its doors in March 2017, local fighters were left without a controlled environment to test their skills.
For the past year, in an environment based on respect and honor, Ambrose has provided a venue for fighters to prove themselves
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for bad sportsmanship,” Ambrose said. “My gym is based on courtesy and respect. It’s been nothing but good vibes.”
Ambrose said it is important for young fighters to get the chance to compete, and enjoys seeing his students mature.
“I think that’s what martial arts are all about,” he said. “You mature physically, mentally, and spiritually,”