ADVICE FROM THE FIELD

  

Ssgt Juston Campos got started in combative sports six years ago when a seasoned fighter friend of his offered to train him in return for Campos coaching him in strength building. After winning his first fight
handily, Juston decided to continue with the sport. Now he competes in four to eight Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai (kickboxing) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events each year. His favorite fight result was in 2016, when he took out a 6’3” opponent in two rounds by outkicking, outwrestling and outthinking him.


Why You Do It
I love how hard I have to train and prepare for a fight. There is nothing like training six days a week, three hours a day for seven to 10 weeks and seeing it all pay off when your hand is raised in victory.
 
How You Train

I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling and Muay Thai (Kickboxing) in the evenings.  I also weight train—a combination of calisthenics, power lifting and endurance—three to five times a week in the morning
depending on my schedule.
 
What You Eat
I follow a strict diet of high protein, medium carbohydrates (due to the amount of energy needed for the activities), and a small amount of fats. Due to the fact I have to make a certain weight, I cut down to
around 8%-10% body fat. The remainder of the weight I have to cut usually comes from water loss.  I compete in the 155-pound weight class and walk around at about 175 to 180 pounds.
 
Recommended Apps or Gadgets

No apps or gadgets can help you get ready for a fight, but you should have all of your PPE and use it while you are training to mitigate any damage you might take. Wearing headgear while sparring to
protect your brain and prevent your face from getting bruised and cut is always a great choice. Also, shin guards protect your shin bones and your partners’ extremities when you kick them.

 

Juston Campos

Creech AFB, NV

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Close Calls
Back in 2016, I was injured in a fight as a result of a hard slam from my opponent. Had I prepared well enough for the type of opponent I was going against, I would not have gotten injured. The experience
taught me that the fight game is more than just being physically ready. I was mentally distracted for most of my training camp, and it showed in my lackluster performance.
 
Tips for Staying Safe
Do not take a fight/match that you have not rigorously prepared for. Being unprepared for competition is the easiest path to loss and injury. Also, do not compete out of your skill level. Yes, you are supposed to challenge yourself in fights, but competing against someone who is clearly out of your league can end in an injury.