Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Community Sports

Dad to Destroyer

Douglas wins big MMA fight, carves rep in fight world

Submitted by Francine Douglas, Four Directions Martial Arts, Chilliwack/Voice and submitted photos


arwin 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 in MMA.

Darwin 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.

As 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 seafood business.

Darwin finds balance emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally in MMA – for himself and his family.

“MMA 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.

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 here.




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