By Matt Goisman
McALESTER — Martial artists from Thunderfoot Bailey’s Gym in Krebs pose at the Southeast Oklahoma Martial Arts Regional, a qualifier for the Sooner State 2014 Winter Games mixed martial arts tournament, on Sept. 28 at Wilburton High School. From left are, back row, Cody Wood, Davon Spencer, John Heffin, Brandon Clement, Garrett Steele and Shane Larson; and front row, owner David Bailey, Michael Carney and gym instructor Torres Fernando.
Wood, Spencer, Heffin, Clement and Carney all qualifed for the Winter Games.
In the 150- to 185-pound weight class, Carney took first in the “No Gi Grappling,” “Continuous Sparring” and “Sport MMA” categories, while Wood took second in the “No Gi Jiu-jitsu” category. In the 186-225 class, Heffin took first in “No Gi Jiu-jitsu” and “Sport MMA,” while Clement took second in “No Gi Grappling” and third in “Sport MMA.” In the 226-plus weight class, Spencer took first in “No Gi Jiu-jitsu” and “Sport MMA.”
The Winter Games begin Feb. 15 in Oklahoma City.