The Invincible Gym, in Hamersville, is the site of many talented athletes who are pursuing invincibility in the field of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition.
Shaun Asher, a former stellar prep athlete who graduated from Goshen High School and played on the University Ciincinnati Clermont College basketball team, is one of those in the forefront to earn titles and laurels in the MMA.
The local area, particularly Clermont County, is the home of several successful athletes in this fast-growing field of athletic competition.
A 1997 graduate of Goshen High School, he began his endeavor into the field of mixed martial arts in August 2009.
"I always watched my uncle who was a boxer and that got me interested in the mixed martial arts," he said. "I like it because its real physical and I like the contact. I can fight and not get into trouble."
Asher's first competition came Nov. 14, 2009, when he competed at the Metropolis Night Club in Cincinnati in an event titled International Combat Event (ICE) 43. He recorded a technical knockout (TKO/RSC) victory over Kyle Ayers in the second round at the 2-minutes, 12-seconds mark when the referee stopped the fight because of the number of strikes Asher was making on Ayers.
Ayers, too, is a former prep standout athlete who graduated from Glen Este High School where he played football, and he is a member of one of the first families of the Clermont County sports scene.
In the ICE 43 fight Asher was listed at 6-0, 240 and Ayers at 6-3, 265.
The next victory was almost identical to the first. Asher recorded another TKO/RSC, this time at the 1:37 mark of the first round when the referee stopped the fight due to the number of hits Asher was making on Anthony Hall. The victory took place on Dec. 19, at the Absolute Cage Combat (ACC) 3 Christmas Clash.
This time Asher was listed at 6-0, 240, and Hall at 5-10, 250.
Asher enjoys the training for the competitions, but he admits "It's rough. There is lots of cardio work. I do pump squats, box jumps, and I pull sleds and I spar every day."
Asher credits much of his success to Lance Vinson, the owner and head trainer of the Invincible Gym and Brian and Eric Moell who also help train him and are from Goshen, too.
The next bout for the Clermont County/Goshen standout will be Jan. 23 versus Rich Belanich at the ICE 44 Cincinnati that will take place at the Cincinnati Mills Mall in Forest Park.
Asher is currently searching for some sponsors. Anyone iinterested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Shaun_Asher35@yahoo.com.
For more information about the Invincible Gym, 1872 state Route 125, call (937) 515-9887.