By: King Eddie
A special treat for all island fighters has come ashore. MMA legend, Frank Trigg is here on the islands, and is making his presence known by visiting gyms and really getting hands on with the youth of Hawaii.
For all of the young fighters hoping to make their mark on the sport, they know that few have done it quite like Frank Trigg. He has a wealth of knowledge in the Do's and Dont's of combat sports. Always a man who will admit mistakes, he warns young fighters of the choices they make with their career as well as their personal lives. Letting them know that making good choices in friends can go a long way.
Trigg has also competed here in Hawaii, and abroad with some of Hawaii's best fighters. He remembers fondly his path crossing with the likes of Ray Cooper and Falaniko Vitale. As well as his crowd pleasing bouts against Mayhem Miller and Robbie Lawler right here at our Blaisdell Arena.
"I'm staying right here next to the Blaisdell" Said Trigg. "Every time I pass it, it brings back a lot of memories from Icon."
Trigg expressed to me his views on the warrior spirit in Hawaii, and how unique it truly is. He said that this state was taken by force, but the warrior spirit never faded. Almost in awe of the attitude towards combat sports here on the island, Trigg went on to explane something very unique to Hawaii that catches his eye.
"When Hawaii fighters fight, they really do leave it all in the cage or the ring. They go out and fight tooth and nail, but when it's done, IT'S DONE. They shake hands and smile, even go to a BBQ together. That is true warrior spirit. You give it all in the fight and it's over."
Maybe that trait comes easier to Hawaii fighter because of the close proximity we share. Or maybe it's just something in the blood that dates back to the warrior herritage. Either way you slice it, it's sportmanship 101.
Frank Trigg is currently on O'ahu, and has spent time at gyms such as Gracie Technics, Chris Leben's Fight School, and Jesus is Lord Gym. Having the students who grew up watching him compete, actually in front of him, listening and learning, is a power that very few hold. But Frank Trigg takes it all in. Knowing the respect they give to him is likely one of the reasons he holds the islands so dear.
When he leaves O'ahu, Frank will be heading to the Big Island. As a patriot of community spirit, Frank will be doing some work with charities while there. He feels the need to spread knowledge to the youth as one of his callings. As well as supporitng local fighters. So Mr. Frank Trigg will also be present for this weekends "Toughman Hawaii". He is very happy to be able to witness the amazing fights that our local fighters put on, and will be there to cheer them on along with the local fans.
We would like to thank Mr. Trigg for his time, and extend our Aloha to him while he is enjoying everything our islands have to offer.