Abilene Mixed Marital Arts home of 200 World Titles 5 year old Jeremiah Bargus owns 3 of them

Abilene Mixed Marital Arts home of 200 World Titles 5 year old Jeremiah Bargus owns 3 of them

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Every business has a purpose and it’s hard to understand or know exactly what happens in a business unless you sit down and talk with the people who make it go.I had an opportunity to talk with Mr. Larry Fields, owner of Abilene Mixed Arts. The first thing I learned from Fields was that the Mission of Abilene Mixed Marital Arts is to teach individuals how to protect themselves. Fields mission has certainly changed since the time he took up the sport as an 11 year old. He said that his instructor Mr. Tom Sedor asked him why was he so passionate about Karate. Fields said that he told Mr. Sedor, “One day I want to find my father and beat him to death for leaving me.” Mr. Sedor told him that was not what karate was about and immediately asked him to get his belongings and leave the class. {{more}}After a series of conversation Mr. Sedor let Fields re-enroll in his classes. Fields learned some valuable lessons and other ways to deal with a father that had left him. The Marital Arts taught Fields discipline, confidence, and how to accept responsibility.Fields is now a husband and father. His wife is Terry, and she is co-owner of their business. They have a 15 year old son, Drake Noah Hatcher started at 2 years old. Photo by Joe Starkeywho works in the business and has 15 World titles, and a daughter Rayven, who won her first World Title at the age of 2. She has won a total of 9 World titles. Samantha their oldest daughter has won 7 World titles 2 in fighting and 5 in breaking.Fields said that his Dojo has won over 200 World titles; he has won 33 himself. In the age group of 5 and below, his students have never lost a World title. This year’s winner was Jeremiah Bargus. Fields is proud of the titles, but his real passion lies in helping individuals protect themselves. He said that the classes also help individuals boost their self-esteem. He said “An individual that is confident and self-assured is less likely to be attacked. Perpetrators look for those individuals that appear to be weak and vulnerable.”I also talked with Troy Lee Daniels Jr., a student and instructor at the school. Troy has been involved in martial arts since the age of 8. He said that his mother Jenetta Thompson got him interested inJeremiah Bargus took three championships in Power Wood Breaking – Elbow and Foot and Creative. He took a third in Hand Breaking. He does his breaking to the song “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog”. Photo by Joe Starkey Karate. I asked him how it has helped him. He said, “ It helped improve my attitude, taught me how to be responsible, and how to show leadership and be a good example for younger children.”He said that many of today’s youth are learning Karate to defend themselves against bullying.Abilene Mixed Marital Arts are very involved in the community just this past week they were doing free demonstrations at the Disabilities in Action program at the Civic Center.Abilene Mixed Marital Arts has a great after school program. If you have a child, grandchild or just a young person that you love, a membership in their after school program would be a great gift.