‘FIGHTERS’ ARE READY TO STRIKE
Oman Fighting Championship (OFC), the pre-eminent martial arts league in the Sultanate, has unveiled its third annual fight night, OFC3 Battlegrounds. Set to take place on December 16, 2017 at the Barr Al Jissah Amphitheatre, this highly anticipated event
Oman Fighting Championship has unveiled its third annual fight night that is set to take place on December 16. Get all the details here.
Last year, I had decided to pay a casual visit to The Champ, just to check out the different activities they have to offer to get my hopeless fitness regime back on track. There was, however, this one corner of the whole floor that I was drawn towards for it exuberated more sound and energy than the rest of the space.
Kickboxing is a form of combat sport that originated way back in the 1960s and is considered to be an evolved version of Muay Thai. Muay Thai has a fascinating history as the roots can be dated back to the 14th century where it was practised by Siamese soldiers in its rawest form. Later in the 19th century it was adopted as a form of recreation or for self-defence. It was years later that Osamu Naguchi, a Japanese expert, came across Muay Thai and decided to merge it with full contact techniques of Karate and boxing to what has become Kickboxing.
The sport got popularised in the US and then to the other parts of the world and gradually started gaining ground as a professional sport participated in and watched across the world. The Oman Kickboxing Club started in 2010 by Baqar
Haider, who started training as a kickboxer in 1993 in Edinburgh. Having trained for almost two decades before that had changed Baqar’s life in many ways and he wanted to introduce it in Oman.
OKC is currently the largest club in the Sultanate and since it opened there has been an overwhelming number of Omanis and expats who had the desire to learn the sport.
Kickboxing is unique in varied ways. It involves punches, kicks, blocks, and evasive manoeuvres along with knee strikes. The Oman Kickboxing Club is a great place to get yourself enrolled in as it can comfortably accommodate people who are supremely inexperienced and unfit and even those who have ample experience and are skilled fighters.
The first hour of the two-hour long class is the intense workout that could throw you off, especially if you are a beginner, but if you survive then you are totally ready for what’s in store for you next, which is technique and skill training. The experienced coaches, who’ve trained for a few years and have even participated in a few matches internationally, make sure that they give personal attention to all the attendees. In the past few years, OKC has managed to produce a number of skilled fighters who have not just participated in but have also won many championships.
On seeing the potential the country had in terms of talented fighters, Baqar and his partners Reza Mostofi and Fayyad Samarah, under The Agency Design and Promo Works decided that it was time to start an officially affiliated championship here in Oman in order to provide a platform for the budding fighters from the various clubs that opened up in different parts of the country ever since.
There was a good supply of fighters, there was a demand for a platform to showcase talent, and that purely was what resulted in the formation of Oman Fighting Championship. “Further to the promotion of the sport itself, our aim is to also promote a healthier lifestyle for the residents of Oman, with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity which are all on the rise. This is our little way of combating that, not everyone who joins OKC wants to or has to get involved in the combat side of the sport. For now we have been focusing on developing the two fighters that we have for the upcoming championship on 16th December, training hard and hopefully being crowned as the Champions of Oman.”