Granby mixed martial artist fights his way back into the ring
GRANBY — Jake Finch is a fighter, in more than one regard.
The 23 year-old grew up in Granby. He works days and trains at night to compete against other athletes in one of the world’s fastest growing sports, mixed martial arts (MMA) or as it is more commonly known – ultimate fighting.
Jake trains at the Mountain Beast gym in Granby under the tutelage of instructor and gym owner Rob Munro. For the last year and a half Jake has not only fought others in the gym, he has battled to overcome a near fatal traffic accident he was involved in on Feb. 6, 2013.
When the accident occurred Jake was ejected from the truck he was riding in and the vehicle ended up on top of him. He received a head injury, several broken ribs, a punctured lung and tore virtually every muscle in his back.
The driver of the truck and Jake were both transported by Flight For Life to Denver. Jake spent four days in the hospital in Denver following the wreck. Surprisingly he was back in the gym after three weeks, taking things slow but working on his rehabilitation.
It was his training in both kickboxing and jujitsu, along with regular visits to his chiropractor, that Jake credits with his remarkable recovery.
“Kickboxing and jujitsu are great for opening up the hips and relieving back pain,” he said.
“A lot of guys don’t recover from serious accidents like that,” said Jake’s trainer Rob Munro. “A lot of them end up just sitting on a bar stool.”
It is a lesson Jake seems to have taken to heart.
“The accident was terrible, but it humbled me,” he said. “It was a blessing and a curse. It has made me a better athlete mentally. Something like that will put life and everything into a different perspective.”
Jake also explained how the accident forced him to develop other aspects of his fighting game that had previously not been polished. He wrestled in high school and before his accident favored traditional boxing and western wrestling in his fights.
Since his accident Jake has focused more on developing his jujitsu technique.
He had two amateur fights before his accident and is looking to fight again soon. He has still not received his official medical clearance yet but he expects it soon, and hopes to be back fighting in early 2015.
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