Regis Lima, a local martial arts instructor, attended a certification class at the American Top Team Headquarters in Coconut Creek, near the Orlando area, to qualify him to teach mixed martial arts at his facilities.
Lima is the owner of Regis Lima Martial Arts, with schools in Spring Hill and New Port Richey. He took a three-day seminar for six hours a day. American Top Team has trained several top MMA fighters, including Bobby Lashley, Jorge Santiago and Hector Lombard.
For the past seven years, Lima has trained many students in tae kwon do while competing under the umbrella of AAU tournaments around the country. Lima, who has been teaching in the area for more than nine years, hopes this additional certification broadens interest in martial arts in the community.
QUARRY GOLF LEAGUE: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville is starting a Twilight Golf League on Tuesday that will run for eight weeks. The league will tee off every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.; the cost is $10 per player, golf cart included. It is a nine-hole scramble league with a blind draw format. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests, weekly prizes and raffle drawings. Call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.
MLB ALUMNI CAMP: The Brooksville Recreation Department and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association are putting on a free baseball clinic, sponsored by the Hernando County Mining Association, for the fourth straight year. The camp, for children ages 7 to 14, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. The clinic brings together current and former major leaguers with local kids to teach them the fundamentals of the game and for a day of fun. Call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830.
LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin another installment of Little Buddies Athletics with two more sports.
The Little Buddies soccer program, open to children ages 3 to 8, is designed to introduce youths to the fundamentals of the game while allowing parents to spend some quality time with their children. Beginning Feb. 22, the soccer program will be held weekly from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. Call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
The Little Buddies First Tee program, open to children ages 5 to 12, is designed to teach the basics of golf. Beginning Feb. 25, the program will be held weekly on Thursdays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville. Call Christi Adams at (352) 540-5485.
Both programs cost $50 per child, run for five weeks and include a T-shirt.
SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club is enrolling members for the spring season, which runs until March 18. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday nights at Springstead High School. Children in kindergarten through Grade 3 practice from 6 to 7 p.m.; grades 4-8 practice from 7 to 8 p.m. A $100 registration fee includes a USA Wrestling card with insurance and a club T-shirt. Call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.
BASKETBALL CHALLENGE: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host a local division of the inaugural Hoops Skills Challenge on Feb. 20. Open to all youth ages 9 to 14, this national basketball skills competition is free for anyone who wishes to participate. Everyone who enters will go through a half-court obstacle course. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. Call Tina Nichols or Evelyn Lehman at (352) 540-3835.
WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program is holding registration Feb. 13 for the coming season. Officials will be at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for signups. The Cougars play tackle football in the Pasco Police Athletic League, with home games at Central High School. The cheerleaders participate in competitions around the Tampa Bay area and have won multiple awards over the past five years. Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
HERNANDO BASEBALL FUNDRAISER: The Hernando High School baseball team will have a golf scramble fundraiser Saturday at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks. The cost is $65 per person, which will include lunch before the 1 p.m. shotgun start. The Red Mule Pub in Brooksville will host preregistration from 7 to 10 p.m. today. Contact Harry Timmons at (352) 585-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or send e-mail to Nancy Brady at cienna7@ hotmail.com.
WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The West Florida Young Guns 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.
HERNANDO HAVOC: The Hernando Havoc traveling baseball club for kids 11 and under is looking for players for the coming spring season. These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 years old on or before May 1. Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors. Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament. Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at email@example.com or to Jennifer Rey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (352) 799-8423.
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