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Story update #5: Infographic

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The infographic about my findings from the 320 responses I received reflects what I found intriguing. Photo credit: Chris Madaffer

Last week I completed my data collection based on the Google form survey I created on weight-cutting in combat sports. Part of my story package was to create an infographic based on three findings that I felt stood out.

I used Piktochart to create my infographic and imported data that I manually formulated on an Excel spreadsheet. It was my first time importing data I collected on my own and it was an experience which gave me an amount of insight I didn’t initially think I would grasp.

The data I highlighted in my infographic will be added to my story’s narrative and stay tuned for another update!

 

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Sample post SDSU enrollment 2016 infographic

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Story update #4: Data collection feedback

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A screenshot of a Google form survey about weight-cutting in combat sports

The Google form survey I created asks participants questions regarding weight-cutting rules in MMA promotions as well as personal questions about diet and hydration.

Over the past week I’ve been continuing to collect data on weight-cutting based on a Google form survey I submitted to Reddit.

The MMA community on Reddit was a big help in participating in the survey and as of today, I have 303 responses which is more than I expected. The comments left on the thread I created on Reddit are going to be incorporated in my infographic that I will create.

Unfortunately I didn’t add any story elements to my story package but this month I am going to return to Alliance Training Center where I will interview some staff and fighters about the challenges to weight-cutting and how it effects their training camp.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a story update as well as a preview of my infographic!

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Story update #3: Kickboxing and collecting data

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Alliance Training Center’s schedule for adult martial arts programs. (Photo credit: Chris Madaffer)

After visiting Alliance Training Center earlier this month, I decided to return to experience a kickboxing class.

I brought with me a pair of boxing gloves, hand wraps and a jump rope—all of which I had borrowed from a friend. Before I began the evening kickboxing class, Christine Stanley, an instructor and current flyweight fighter for Invicta FC (an all-female MMA promotion) showed me the basics of boxing.

It had been around five years since I put on some boxing gloves but the feeling felt familiar. The class was an hour and cardio drills included shadowboxing, pushups, burpees and running laps around the mat.

Striking drills included footwork techniques with switching stances before striking a pad with a body kick. I hadn’t ever really attempted to throw kicks before but it was encouraging to hear from some of the coaches that I had decent power.

Lately, the focus of my data collection is going to be on weight-cutting in combat sports. I’m going to create a survey and submit it to online MMA and boxing communities that appear on Reddit and message boards.

Stay tuned for an update about the data collection process!

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Story Update #2: Alliance Training Center visit!

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Two MMA fighters spar against each other at Alliance MMA gym

Photo Credit: Photo taken by Chris Madaffer; March 3, 2017. Wilson Reis (pictured left) is taken down by Masio Fullen (pictured right) during a sparring session at Alliance Training Center.

Well, two weeks later and I have an update for you. Earlier this week I was invited to visit Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Alliance Training Center is a fitness center and facility that teaches multiple styles of martial-arts. I visited Friday and watched an entire practice of the Alliance MMA team of professional fighters.

While having access to photo and video, I enjoyed talking with multiple coaches and trainers while the fighters were practicing. The practice routine for most fighters included stretching, shadowboxing, sparring at a slower pace, boxing, sparring in the octagon and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The coaches let me walk around the facility while viewing each section of the gym and watching the fighters spar. The entire building is split into two main halves with the fitness and aerobics portion being on the right half and the MMA training on the left. I won’t give away now who I had a chance to interview but one is a current contender in the Women’s Bantamweight division in the UFC while the other is a coach who has had a big impact in introducing MMA to Tijuana.

Stay tuned for another update.

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Story package update #1

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After pitching the idea for my story package in front of the class last week, I got straight to work on identifying some sources. I called Alliance Training Center on Friday and asked for some emails of any sources who’d be willing to help me with my story.

Luckily, the receptionist gave me the emails of Leah from Ezer Agency (an agency that represents MMA fighters) and the head coach of Alliance Training Center, Eric Del Fierro. I didn’t expect to get the emails from two sources as valuable as them this early on so this was a great head start!

Currently I’m awaiting an email reply from the both of them and once I get it contact, it will open multiple opportunities to get interviews and most likely, a tour.

Stay tuned for next week’s update on my story in which I hope to return with some audio and visuals.

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Welcome to my fight blog!

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Photo Credit: Chris Madaffer. This photo was taken at the EPIC 33 fight promotion event at the Four Points Hotel. (Feb. 3, 2017)

Greetings Prof. Schmitz Weiss! Welcome to my blog about the San Diego Mixed Martial Arts scene. This blog will focus on local MMA promotions throughout San Diego county down to Baja California. These promotions range from amateur to professional level and included in the coverage will be local gyms who participate and compete across the county and nation. In the past I have managed a blog which discussed weekly match-ups in the NFL but for the past 2 years, I have shifted my focus on MMA because of its rising popularity and the lack of coverage of discussion in San Diego.

Throughout this semester, this blog will be a platform in which I will present different forms of multimedia which capture the essence of the sport while being presented in a journalistic fashion. Earlier this week I attended an amateur MMA event at the Four Points hotel which was put on by EPIC fighting promotion. This event was nothing like I’ve been to before as the octagon was about the third of the size of a big promotion like the UFC and I was among about 500 other people mostly standing in a hotel banquet room. Stay tuned for upcoming coverage and posts!

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