Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - July 2015
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Name: "Mean" Hakeem Dawodu 
Sport: MMA, Professional

Describe your ascent to professional MMA fighting (how you got into Muay Thai and then progressing to MMA, include your records for both MT and MMA)?

It was easy to transfer from Muay Thai to MMA cause I felt like a natural athlete and learned quick. It is the toughest combative sport because there is so many more aspects to the sport.

Pro Muay Thai 10 wins 0 losses 7 KO's

Pro MMA 5 wins 0 losses 5 KO's

Amateur Muay Thai 42 wins 5 losses 14 KO's 

What has been your biggest obstacle getting to this point in your career?

Keeping focused, staying away bad influences and staying humble.

How has the level changed from amateur fighting to professional fighting?

Competition has stepped up tremendously. Now this is a guy's life and your fighting the best in the world, and this is a guy's careers not a hobby.

Who has impacted you most in your career so far?

My three trainers Ajarn Mike Miles, Brian Bird, and Nick Gies at the Athlete Factory.

How has your training at The Athlete Factory impacted your career so far?

I feel like I've learned a lot more knowledge on how to be a better athlete and train more efficiently for my sport. I have become faster and more explosive.

What would you say to young athletes aspiring to get to the professional level?

You have to completely commit yourself and make sacrifices and be mentally strong and confident, this isn't the sport for the weak. 

SPORTS THERAPY - New Massage Therapist!
The Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic is pleased to welcome Senthil Kumara Raja to our Team.

Mr. Raja achieved his Masters in Fitness and Exercise Rehabilitation from YMCA, Chennai, India, and is a fully Registered Massage Therapist of RMTA-Canada with more than 3500 hours of credits. He has rich experience in general, therapeutic and sport Massage. He has received extensive training in several manual therapies such as:  deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and traditional Indian ayurvedhic massage therapy.

He is also a Certified Yoga Therapist, who has done his 2 years Yoga Therapy course from world’s pioneer Institute- Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandhiram, Chennai, India.

With a strong background, and a passion for Health and Fitness, Senthil is confident his contributions can make a huge difference in sports therapy and rehabilitation.
Visit our reception or call 403 255 7703 to book your appointment today!

Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic


Performance Assessments:

- Tuesday July 14th 7:30pm

- Saturday July 25th 10:00am

Extra time on your hands? Hit the gym!

Athlete Memberships available for $30 per month, to supplement your coached sessions.
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From our friends at the Green Protein. 


Mason Mitchell heads to the Buffalo Sabres NHL Development camp.

Nick Blevins and Gordie McRorie won this year’s Canadian Rugby Championship with the Prairie's Wolf Pack and are soon off with the Canadian National team for final preparations leading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup this fall! 

Noah McDonough made the Alberta Football team to compete at Nationals. He was also invited to a NCAA Div 1 football camp at Penn State. 

Hakeem Duwadu won his last fight in the MMA world series with a second round TKO.

Our CFL athletes have started their season, good luck boys!

Cassie Winkelaar was chosen for the 2015 13-15yrs National Synchro Squad and will represent Canada at the Mediterranean Cup in Italy in August.

Brynn and Summer Masikewich made the Alberta U15 and U17 basketball teams and will be competing at Nationals this month. 

Ethan Doucette won first professional fight in Thailand, with a second round TKO. He also just won his 2nd fight on July 3rd as well. 

Chris Horton posted the low score at the Alberta Golf's Men's Amateur Qualifier at Murfield Lakes. 

Rhett Freiter made the U14 Alberta Soccer Association team.

Kyle Playsted, Ashton Wilson & Colby Anderson of the Axeman Lacrosse Team won City Champions (Bantam "A").

Trea Hande was chosen for the U19 Wolf Pack rugby squad.

Calgary Rage athletes are competing in WWCFL Western Conference Finals.

Keeley Burke won the Lightening Award at her school for Best grade 8 Female Athlete.

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