Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Dad to Destroyer
big MMA fight, carves rep in fight world
Submitted by Francine Douglas, Four Directions
Martial Arts, Chilliwack/Voice and submitted photos
Douglas considers himself the old guard of MMA. Young aspiring athletes of
the most popular and fastest growing sport in the world can hear the cage
door lock as they stand across from him and wonder where his calm fearless
confidence comes from.
Darwin has faced many ups and downs in his professional MMA career. As the
only First Nation professional MMA fighter representing Chilliwack, he is
respected by the MMA world outside the cage, and feared by his opponents
inside the cage.
Darwin walked away from his most recent fight with win via unanimous
decision by the judges and with a name as one of the most dangerous strikers
versed adversary Bill Fraser, who had previously beat him via submission
three years ago.
Darwin is Stó:lō from Cheam First Nation and honors this family legacy of
boxing and battles. His grandparents Albert and Edna Douglas had twenty
children, half of whom were boys who boxed from a young age.
From his family and culture, he learned to live life and fight with a
warrior spirit, always with respect, humility and confidence.
owner and head coach of Four Directions Martial Arts Academy, the leading
MMA gym in the Fraser Valley, Darwin reinforces the warrior spirit values of
respect, discipline and humility with his students.
He is a cultural leader amongst his Stó:lō people. Darwin is currently a
councilor for Cheam First Nation and owns Cheam Trading Inc., a salmon and
Darwin finds balance emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally in
MMA – for himself and his family.
provides me with a healthy lifestyle, for myself and my family. There are a
lot of sacrifices, but
it keeps me strong – mentally. My worst enemy is myself, and that’s who I
face in the MMA cage.”
Darwin will continue to make waves in the world of MMA. For the next few
months, he’ll focus on his young fighters Kolten Higginbottom and Jamie
Siraj, a young fighter since he was 14-years-old and a strong amateur
showing will be make his professional debut in February 2014.
Free Week Trial. Four Directions Martial Arts is located at #7 - 7201 Vedder
Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 3N3 Canada. Contact Four Directions via e-mail
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