As the summer season draws to a close, there is one more camp that local Copperas Cove children interested in the fast-growing sport of MMA can particpate in.

Fighters Forge is currently conducting pre-registration for the Camp with the Champ at their gym located at 1406 South FM 116, Suite D, in Copperas Cove .

Fighters Forge is offering an introductory summer camp for those athletes ages 8 and up wishing to experience the mixed martial arts (MMA) phenomena August 13-17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The athletes will be given a one-hour break for lunch.

While coaches from volleyball to football and those sports in between, athletes have been kept entertained, while becoming better educating the athletes on the respective sporting events.

Despite offering the various summer camps, the fastest and largest growing sport in the world has yet to be offered — until now.

The camp will be a combination of boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and grappling.

Gym professional MMA fighter Patrick Castillo (3-0, 2 KO) and his coach Jason Schaefer are co-coordinators and will be conducting the camp for those athletes ages 9-16 interested in learning more about the sport.

The “Camp with the Champ” will be centered around the basics of MMA, groundwork and grappling at a more extensive level than demonstrated in the one-hour classes.

Castillo, the current Texas Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight State Champion, wanted to help conduct a camp for those interested in MMA.

This in turn allows the campers to get a full grasp of the sport.

“We mostly decided to conduct this camp for our students to learn through repetition. Our students were starting to become discouraged because one hour a day was not long enough for them,” Castillo said.

“The repetitive nature of the sport needs time to sink in. If you are new to the sport, you will catch on with repetition.”

Adding to Castillo’s enthusiasm toward the camp is Fighters Forge owner Carrie Schaefer, who enjoys the fact that her gym is opening its doors for more youth to understand MMA.

“This (camp) allows the kids to do something fun in the summer and since all the other sports had camps, we thought why not an MMA camp,” Shaefer said.

“A lot of kids are doing it and like any sport, it helps instill a sense of discipline in their lives.”

For more information, contact Fighters Forge at 518-HITS (4487).

Contact Monty Campbell at or call (254) 547-9173.

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