Wednesday night proves to be more than just a "hump" day for Libra, checking camera gear, charging batteries, making lists and checking them twice, this is me gearing up for IMMAE**.
This event is a "bright light" to "moth like" amateur journalists that will be swarming the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Why so many "moths" you ask? The venue will lend itself to great interactions with fighters, trainers, and companies marketing their talents and gear alike. This is exactly what fans and media want, a venue where a fighter or entertainer is there with the "intent" to interact with their fans.
Autograph and photo opportunities will be fruitful with MMA Superstars like Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia, Sean Sherk, and Joe Stevenson in attendance. For those hardcore MMA radio fans, you can meet the TAGG Radio team and possibly even get on the radio, live! Top MMA Clothing manufacturers will be on hand as well, with names like Tapout, Ecko, and Toe 2 Toe, your MMA gear for 08' is all in one place.
IMMAE will prove to be a success, and although there have been more stable times in MMA*, the recent addition of CBS' Saturday night fights has garnered great numbers of casual viewers. Some of those viewers will translate into more fans, some of which I will meet this weekend. I will catch the pulse of the crowd and pass the beat on to you.
LibraporLibra's MMA will be on location to provide interviews with professional fighters and entertainment personalities, and fill you in on the latest trends and news.
Training Schools in California
California is certainly one of the strongest MMA training areas in the country. California boasts claim to schools like Fairtex, AKA, Team Quest and Gracie Academies. If you have not made it out to an MMA show, do so, there are certainly events planned in your area. If you have not trained in Martial Arts, give it a try, almost all schools invite you to join a free training class.
Be on the lookout for my articles titled "Schooled", where I will be visiting local bay area MMA schools and sharing my experiences with you.
Remember, "Life is a fight, train for it!"
**I would like to thank the staff over at IMMAE for extending me the courtesy of press credentials for the event.**
*The arrests of Jeremy Jackson and Quinton Jackson.