The New York 2011 TaeKwonDo championships will be taking place on September 30.  This will be a fun family event.  Check out the video preview after the jump.

The tragic events of 9/11 are still firmly etched in everyone's minds, especially those New Yorkers who lost loved ones.  Jennie Nedell, a Long Island kickboxer, is one such person.  She lost her father on 9/11, as he was rushing back into the towers to help others escape the destruction.  Jennie last spoke with her Dad while he was in Tower 2 on that fateful morning.

"I love you,"  Laurence Nedell told his daughter before rushing upstairs to help people still trapped in the building.  His selflessness in the face of grave danger has left an indelible mark on Jennie, and is an inspiration to us all.  He is truly a hero, and his loss is monumental.

For the past three years, in tribute to her Dad and the other victims of 9/11, Jennie Nedell has been holding kickboxing fundraisers to help support the 9/11 memorial in Babylon, New York.  This year's event will take place on September 10th in an airplane hangar at the Romeo Aviation Company near MacArthur Airport.  Jennie is hoping to raise $10,000 for the memorial.  I will be at the show and I'm asking my fellow Long Island fight fans to show their support by attending this event.

Not only will you will be supporting the memorial, but you will also be treated to some of the best kickboxing you will find on the East Coast.  We'll have more information about this upcoming event in the near future so stayed tuned for futher details.

To be a champion in this day and age you have to have all the right tools, work ethic and experience.  Slaid Sainevil, a young rising talented boxer and kickboxer has all of these attributes.  For Slaid, it’s all about getting better and moving on to the next fight.

And that's exactly what he's gonna do on September 9th at Glo for a Kickboxing fight brought to you by Gladiator Promotions.  Sainevil steps in a faces highly regarded amateur fighter Larry Batista from Bellmore Kickboxing. This fight is guaranteed fireworks!

I had the pleasure of asking Slaid Sainevil some questions about his upcoming fight and some other questions, this is what he had to say:

Vic Torres Jr.:  Alright Slaid, you’re a young talented up and comer in the combative world. You have a fight coming up against a talented opponent on the 9th of September. How are you preparing yourself for this bout ?

Sainevil: Well, I'm doing a lot of running 5 miles a day for cardio. Sparring a lot and fixing my mistakes from previous fights.

Tom English is a professional MMA fighter who trains at one of Long Island’s elite MMA gyms, Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Bellmore, NY.  English was born in Glen Cove and now resides in Dix Hills on Long Island.  He holds a pro record of 1-1 and is looking forward to having a winning record after his next fight, which is September 9th for the Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat promotion in Atlantic city, New Jersey.  English will face Anthony Facchini, a (1-0) pro fighter who also holds a 3-2 amateur record.  This fight looks to be very explosive and has a good chance to be fight of the night.

I have trained with Tom before.  The man is a straight beast with excellent wrestling and an awesome striking game.  His cardio is top notch and he's only been getting better.  I can’t imagine how good he is now.

I had the chance to talk to Tom and ask him some questions about his career and his very important fight coming up.

Vic Torres:  Tom, Thanks for your time. I know your very busy getting ready for your fight so lets get right into it; You are 1-1 as a professional fighter, you have a huge fight coming up verse Anthony Facchini on the 9th of September. What have you been training on the most during your camp?

Tom English: Yeah, this is a big fight for me! Even though it's just my third fight, I started off with a loss and it will feel good to finally have winning record.  I've been going pretty hard with everything, but I know he's more of a ground fighter so I'm going to really step up my wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu training for this one!

Vic Torres:  Your opponent has his win over fellow teammate, Mike Benoit. Does this add more fuel to the fire leading up to the fight?

Tom English: It does not because he beat a teammate of mine, but the way he conducted himself after the fight was wrong. I don't know if anyone noticed, but when the ref was breaking them up he mushed Mike in the face. That was definitely uncalled for.  So I'm going in guns blazing!

Vic Torres:  Awesome! You started out training out in eastern long island at American Fighter. Now you have made the transition to Bellmore Kickboxing. How has the difference in camps help you jump from amateur to professional?

Tom English: Yeah, once I changed camps I felt my game go up big time. The other camps I was at were good for someone just starting out on a basic level. In order to compete at a pro level you need high level training. Keith Trimble is one of the best at taking fighters to that level and beyond!

Vic Torres:  That he does. Tom, What are some of your long term goals being a pro MMA fighter?

Tom English: Well, I want to go as hard as I can, for as long as I can! I started out late, so you know time is not on my side. I'm feeling pretty good, in excellent shape and right now I'm trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can. I know I'm not on an elite level right now but I'm going to keep striving to achieve greatness and hopefully get there some day.

Vic Torres:  Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to?

Tom English: Definitely, I'd like to Thank Keith Trimble from Bellmore Kickboxing & MMA and the rest of the Bellmore KB family ! Keith Trimble is literally a life saver ! I'd like to thank Tom Muller and my Gracie Barra family as well ! I'd like to thank my family and friends for there support. I'd like to thank the fans!

Vic Torres:  Tom, thanks for your time, I look forward to seeing you in the cage on September 9th, good luck my man.


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