Thursday February 18, 2016— Tucked in a nondescript shopping center with the biggest advertisement being a pizza place, is a den where warriors train. Walking into the gym I see 15-16 people on the mats working on striking. The cage is right up front and there’s no mistaking that champions are made here. The champions Belts sit up on a shelf behind the front desk If anyone needs a reminder.
Nearby sit a couple of kids, warm and cozy is also a small baby completely undisturbed by the timer, chatter and kicks being thrown. Family would be the word to describe my first impression.
Owned and run by Coach Aldo Oreggia a Brazilian native, he came to Utah to visit and decided to stay. With many accomplishments of his own in kickboxing including 2 national titles. Aldo liked what Utah had to offer as far as cycling and triathlons as well as safety, something lacking in Brazil that has made news recently from UFC events and fighters. This gym is his third locally and was founded in 2007. His fighters have had success locally with promotions like SteelFist Fight Night and Show Down as well as Bellator, Wsof and one a current Olympic hopeful.
“I don’t try to change my fighters I teach fundamentals. I have my style you have your style if you try to copy someone else you will lose your fight.”
Thank you for letting FighBookMMA check out your gym and looking forward to future visits. Stay tuned for live updates on One Hit MMA Fighters from RFA/showdown on February 19, 2016.
By: Korey Lane
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