(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
CHEWELAH CHAMP: Chewelah fighter who trains a local Jiu Jitsu school wins 125-pound championship in area MMA competition…
Chewelah Jiu Jitsu ccontinues to bring home the belts.
Trustin Taft has become the latest MMA champion to come out of the town. At this month’s The Beatdown at the West Central Community Center, Taft defeated previously undefeated Tyler Walker for the 125-pound championship. He improved his record to 3-1 and is the new Flyweight Champion for The Beatdown’s promotion company.
Taft won by arm triangle choke and will now have the opportunity to fight for another title in the Proving Grounds Promotion in a few months.
“His strengths are his toughness and iron will,” Chewelah Juu Jitsu instructor Kris Rancourt said. “Trustin has been training for about a year with me and is becoming well-rounded.”
Taft is the second champion to come out of the school, as Josh “The Blue Collar Brawler” Dehnel won the heavyweight title last year and has already sucessfully defended his title.
Dehnel recently won his first kickboxing match at WFC 117 at the Couer d’Alene Casino, two months ago, downing Paco Mora out of The Dungeon gym.
It ended in the second round with Josh getting a knockout. Dehnal actually broke his hand in the first round and will have to wait until summer to fight again. He is now 6-0 with five knockouts and one submission, along with a 1-0 record in kickboxing.
So where does this all happen? At Chewelah Jiu Jitsu which trains in the back of Bradley’s Taekwondo in downtown Chewelah.
They offer classes on Monday and Wednesday for kids from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and adult classes from 5:30-6:30 p.m.