BURTON — The Mixed Martial Arts (M.M.A.) Gym Ultimate Fighting Academy moved from the Powerhouse location in Flint Township to South Saginaw in the Hurley Health and Fitness Plaza, 4500 S. Saginaw St.
Owner, trainer and head coach Andre Garcia has been operating the business since 2004. He said the move made for a more positive environment.
Garcia is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jistu (B.J.J.) and is also trained in Mauy Thai, Kung Fu, Boxing and Wrestling.
He said his inspiration to become a mixed martial artist came about when he saw black belt Royce Gracie win the first and second Ultimate Fighting Championships in Denver, Colorado.
Garcie continued to focus on B.J.J. because he said it is an art where a person has to use their brain for everything.
“A person has to have self-awareness of their own body,” he said. “There are just so many positive things about the art.”
Before setting his sights on being the owner/trainer/coach of the Ultimate Fighting Academy, Garcia said he was a pro-fighter and trained in places like Dallas, Texas and in Lansing at Murcielago, a brother gym to the Ultimate Fighting Academy.
Garcia said Mixed Martial Arts is not anything like the other circuit exercises. “This type of training can change life in every way, shape and form,” he said refectively.
Martial arts training offers another outlet for self-disciple, confidence and physical fitness said Garcia.
The Ultimate Fighting Academy is under Team Atos led by black belt Andre Galvao.
Galvao is a Brazilian grappler and professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed with Strikeforce which is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization based in San Jose, California.
Garcia said Galvao is set to come visit the Academy at the end of October or at the beginning of November for a seminar on B.J.J.
Details: Visit www.ufamma.com.