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Mixed martial arts or MMA is currentlybecoming one o the astest growing sports inAmerica. MMA is a sport which consists o combination dierent types o ghting styles.Traditional greco roman wrestling, boxing, karate, jiu jitsu, muay thai, and american kickboxing areincorporated into MMA. It’s popularity has evencurrently surpassed boxing in America.A lot o the growth o MMA is due to thepopularity o the Ultimate Fighting Championship,or the UFC. The president o the UFC, DanaWhite, recruited some o the top names in the world o MMA to UFC. Since then popularity andrevenue generated by the sport has been steadilyincreasing. Merchandise generated rom the UFCalso actored into its growth in popularity. “I thinkone o the biggest aids to the MMA world is theclothing brand Tap Out. They brought out a lot o ans in the earlier days with their eccentric clothinglook,” said UNC Charlotte junior Scott Syrett, alocal MMA ghter.“The UFC has been around or quite a while;it was just looked down upon. It was looked at asmore like pit ghting or human chicken ghts”,said Syrett. The popularity o the UFC thoughis causing misconceptions o mixed martial arts tobe reverse.MMA has even in infuential in eecting area o politics. In 1997, ormer Gov. o New York GeorgePataki banded MMA in New York, eeling thesport was “barbaric” in nature. On Jan. 11, presentGov. o New York David Patterson said that he wanted to reverse the ban o MMA or his state.Currently, New York State is acing a $7 billiondollar budget decit, and the revenue producerom MMA completions can help solve New York’sscal problem. Patterson hopes the prots rommix martial arts can solve the problem withoutorcing severe spending cuts to the stated budget.MMA is gaining attention locally in Charlotteas well. “The MMA scene around Charlotte isdenitely growing, especially now with localRodney Walace signing with UFC. I train withabout eight pros at my gym here in Charlotte,” saidSyrett.It is recommended that i an individual getsinvolved in MMA, that they pursue wrestlingthen progress on to other ghting techniques. Butmastering MMA comes down to nding the righttraining camp or you. “Find a camp with some pros with outstanding records and then you’re probablyon to something,” said Syrett. There are severalcamps that train authentic martial arts includingBlack Belt Usa and Alliance.MMA have emerged as a popular new aspecto American culture. “Fans have probably gone up10000 percent. Its unreal how popular its getting,”said Syrett. Other MMA organizations besidesUFC which include the WEC, IFL, and Strikeorceare beginning to get notarized as well. “I coulddenitely see MMA being an Olympic sport andmaybe the top sport in the world,” said Syrett.
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Everyday, prescription drugs circulate throughthe hands o uture addicts, drug-induced corpses,and children.The main cause o death and addiction are thedoctors who prescribe and hand patients thesemedicines out like Halloween candy. I you haveever been to high school or college, you havebeen around some sort o drug or alcohol endthat overboard their dosage and make a mess o themselves and inevitably, the party.It is evident that these people like most, enjoythe escape that drugs and alcohol bring into theirlie a little too much. And who would not? Usingthese escapes are more or less the easy way out o abusy day, a bad day, a break up, and even help someto cope with deaths.But i we know how hard we can all victim tothese drugs, doctors must, too. They have not beenstudying their lives away, and closing their eyeso to the world completely. In this diverse reality,every amily has a relative or riend o a riend thathas experience drug or alcohol addiction.So why prescribe us such a high dosages o prescription drugs that we may die weaningourselves rom them? Once we have drugs in ourhands, it is hard to know what to do with them.They are worth so much money, why not sell themto our peers to make an even greater prot? Or, why not keep taking them? The thought o thishappening to kids is unreasonably disturbing.I they start so young, they’ll die or becomeaddicted at too early o an age. It’s devastating tohear about the deaths, the drama and the worriedparents o those kids who die in their sleep, die insports, rom overdosing on prescription drugs.In this lie we only get one chance. One chanceto be here, one chance to experience all we can.But or some whether children and adults, theyears can only be lessened by the dependence onthese drugs.Sometimes, we stereotype drugs with bad kids,or kids that have had a ‘troubled past’. But indeed,drugs circulate through everyone, and more kids who you would not expect are getting involved.Athletes are among the supported outlier. Wesometimes view athletes as being heavenly, withthe bodies o greek gods. But, in act, they are moreor less, the same as us.Athletes can become addicted to drugs whenthey tear their ACL, or have other sport injuriesthat victimize them into using prescription drugs.Like us, they become addicted, and like us, theydie, or struggle weaning rom them.The drug dealing and compulsion sometimesbegins with our pharmacy which the doctorrecommends. One could believe that this wasall to a way to wrap the patients back into beingobsessed and shaking, with addiction that theyhave to circulate their money right back into themedical industry and seek proessional help romthem, once again. Medical industries are stillbusinesses that prot rom your bad health.Someone else could argue that they over-prescribe drugs due to the dierent needs o patients. The doctor wants the patient to eelcomortable and not have any pain, so they over-prescribe. Although this is understandable,the majority o people will never use all theirprescription drugs, leaving room or selling, orexperimenting and inevitable dependence.Also, i doctors overprescribe, more money isused to damper our health care economically that we don’t actually need. This may sound like a smallproportion, but i they were so inexpensive, why would people sell them or good amounts o money?And, since our health care is already in desperateneed o some sort o evolution and economic boost, wouldn’t this be the perect time?It’s time to stop closing our eyes. Adults andkids whom you’d never believe to sell, are. It’s timeto let ourselves see the world or what and how itreally is, and start making changes. Our rst shouldbe prescribing the right amount o prescriptiondrugs.
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Mixed Martial Arts and UFC has more to offer the Queen City than most give them credit for
Scott Syrett (right) training with another MMA fghter at Black Belt USAPhoto/ Scott Syrett
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In regards to the tragedy in Haiti
I am very grateul andthankul in behal o all Haitiansto see how the American’scommunity and all over the world who had come together and helpHaiti in her darkest day.Nonetheless, since Haiti didnot have any type o mechanismin place, we still going to needhelp and volunteer to rebuildand put a type o inrastructurein place so all Haitian can besucient in their community.This is the reason, I would liketo encourage the community tospread the word to amily andriends and with their help wecan achieve anything. Like theHaitian mottos say that “Minanpil chaye pa lou” which itmeans “with a lot o hand theload is not heavy” and the othermotto says that “L’ Union FaitLa Force” it means that “Unitedmake us strong”. I know we shallovercome with the grace o Godand with everyone that God hasput in our path.I would like to spread the word, so people can keep givingo what ever they can, it might bea can o tuna, a blanket, Spring/summer cloth that is easily canbe wash by hand to be hang todry under the sun, shoes can beplastic sandals, fip-fop, toiletry.Or their can donate money toSamaritan Purse so they canprovide the victims a kit thatinclude a tent which is cost about$100 or a kit and also they canstill donate money by texting90999 to RED CROSS and keepdonating blood also.I just want to spread the words and thanking everyone who had been very generous andcompassion toward the Haitianpeople. Thank you again and letme know how I can keep the storyo the Haiti Disaster or a whileso people can keep helping in thesecond stage o our Recovery andthe rst stage is the Acute care. I would like to say thank youor your time.Sincerely,Jeanne Delva-PierreBSPH Candidate 2012