Ticonderoga A group of Ticonderoga mixed martial arts fighters will seek championship belts.
Members of the Ti-based Carbon Jiu-Jitsu MMA club will be part of a card at the Whitehall Athletic Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The former Whitehall armory is located at 62 Poultney St.
Tickets are available at the Whitehall Athletic Club and by calling 260-8759 or 499-0134.
Representing Carbon Jiu-Jitsu will be Devon Slattery, Jose Feliciano, Nick Mars and Don Austin. Slattery and Feliciano will be seeking Whitehall Athletic Club titles sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association.
Carbon Jiu-Jitsu is led by Arnold Ross.
“What started in my home basement back in 2005 with my two sons as a way to stay fit and learn more about the sport has become a passion of mine,” Ross said. “Living in an area where there was very limited access to high level instruction forced our learning process into purchasing books, DVDs, internet sites and traveling to seminars as well as good old trial and error sparring. All these methods of learning have proven to be very effective as our team’s current record indicates.
“Carbon Jiu-Jitsu is our name,” he said. “As our name suggests, there is only one way a chunk of coal becomes a diamond and that is with extreme pressure over time.”
Call Ross at 419-7785 for information on the Ticonderoga club.
The Whitehall bouts will be five rounds, three minutes each.
“This will not be a cakewalk,” Ross said of the Whitehall event. “Jose’s opponent is from Rochester and is from a tough team by the name of Iron Sharpens Iron. Devon’s opponent is from New Hampshire and reigns from a team who has roots into the Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, called Team-Link. Both opponents are ranked in the top 10 rankings for amateur fighters in New England.