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Yup’ik Kickboxer Falon Ring Wins Two Golds, Championship Belt

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Van Williams of the Tunda Drumsreported that Alaska native kickboxer Falon Ring took on two major jiu-jitsu tournaments in Texas and New Mexico in recent months. The tournaments were held in Texas on February 26-27 and in New Mexico on April 16.

Williams wrote that the goal for 17-year old International Kickboxing Federation bantam weight title winner from last year was to "expand his mixed martial art skills." He came away with a new championship belt and two gold medals.

In Dallas, Texas, the 5'6", 125-pound fighter, who hails from Anchorage before he and his family moved to New Mexico, won the Teens Expert Division at the North American Grappling Association's (NAGA) Dollamur Championship. NAGA is one of the largest mixed grappling tournaments in the world.

Undefeated still, "looking to enhance his MAA skill set," as Williams wrote, Ring went on to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, to compete in two separate divisions at the Southwest Grapplefest IV. He won titles in both the Teens No-Gi Advanced 125-pound division and Men's No-Gi Intermediate 140-pound division. In one of his matches, he dislocated his competitor's arm during a submission hold.

"He wouldn't tap out," Ring told Williams, "I had an arm bar on him. I had done that submission on a couple of other people and normally people tap right away."

Ring told Williams he hopes to be a professional fighter representing Alaska. "I see myself fighting on TV sometime."

He's off to a punishingly good start.