Frank The Crank Camacho|Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Saved MY LIFE!

Frank The Crank Camacho UWC Capital Punishment

Frank The Crank Camacho UWC Capital Punishment

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Frank “The Crank” Camacho here! Born on Guam, raised on Saipan, home to me is the Mariana Islands. I got into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 2004 with Trench Tech Purebred Saipan at the age of 15. Growing up, I was never the most athletic/in shape kid. I played golf at the age of 5 and competitively at the age of 7 (not the most cardiovascular demanding sport out there).  Entering high school, I was putting on weight and was in need of some sort of physical activity. I didn’t enjoy running (without good scenery, it was boring). There were way too many injuries in basketball, and height was definitely not on my side as I stand 5’9”. So, I took the martial arts path. My first perception of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was two tough steroidal men viciously beating each other till someone gave up.  I’ve grown and come to realize, starting that day, that Mixed Martial Arts would be a way to find peace of mind. I was astonished as to how much discipline, respect, honor, and camaraderie flowed through the Trench Tech Purebred Saipan Mixed Martial Arts Gym. It amazed me how I could learn discipline, respect, honor, camaraderie, humility, self defense, martial arts techniques, and live a healthy lifestyle all at the same time. It was then, that I got hooked!

Mixed Martial Arts has not just been something good that has happened to me. I do believe that it is a blessing not only for me, but for the Saipan, Guam, and Mariana Islands community as well.  I have learned many of the fundamental values of MMA like discipline and respect. This helped me change my lifestyle for the betterment of my self-being. Becoming in shape and knowing that I could defend myself was definitely a self-esteem and confidence boost.

Mixed Martial Arts has also helped me help others. It has given me the opportunity to be a role model for our youth and tell them that it is ok to dream big and they can accomplish anything they put their minds, hearts, and souls into. MMA has given me the opportunity to show the entire world where I’ve come from, who Chamorros are, and where this little island is located on the globe. An ideal example of what a combat sport can do for people is Manny Pacquiao. The province he is from is benefiting so much from him. The man is a Hero! Civil Wars in the PI go on hold when he fights. Manny Pacquiao is a blessing to the PI. He stands as a role model not only in the home front, but on a global scale.

Thank you Trench Warz and Trench Tech Purebred Saipan for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills and gain the experience I need that has helped me in my early MMA career. A big thank you to Master Lloyd & Team Lloyd Irvin family based out of Camp Springs Maryland. It’s a journey for me as a martial artist and as an individual to pursue happiness. I’m truly blessed to be given the opportunity to live MY LIFE to its fullest. One day I wish return to Saipan, Guam, the whole Mariana Islands, and give back to the community what the community has given me through Mixed Martial Arts.

MMA is a beautiful sport/art which has done great things for me as a martial artist and as a person. It would be selfish not to give our future the same opportunity I was given. Good Vibes, and keep rockin!


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  1. King David says:

    Awesome post! It’s amazing how MMA can change people’s lives. Keep doin’ your thing Frank!