RIO DE JANEIRO -- For a few hours on Saturday morning, the people on Recreio dos Bandeirantes beach forgot about the waves and watched local heroes from Team Nogueira.

Coordinated by the Nogueira brothers, “Team Nogueira Day” featured every level of athlete, from kids to adolescents to professional fighters, standing before the public in a mini-cage erected on the beach.

“Our intention with Team Nogueira Day is to spread our sport, to spread our academy in the neighborhood of Recreio and around Rio de Janeiro, and for people to know that Team Nogueira has the largest team of MMA fighters in the world,” said Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. “Besides having an excellent team, we have classes for all kinds of people. We are growing a lot, transforming into a network of academies; now, we have three branches in Switzerland, three in the United States, and we’re spreading throughout Brazil.”

Among those in attendance were UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, former Strikeforce light heavyweight titlist Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and UFC prospect Erick Silva.

The presentations began around 8 a.m. with a demonstration of training from some lesser-known fighters. They were followed by the children of Team Nogueira, who showed their skills in the cage under the supervision of boxing instructor Cesario Bezerra and jiu-jitsu coach Ana Maria Soares.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira explained the workings of the team’s “boot camp” and kids programs, stressing that the work of the academy could suit any audience interested in physical activity.

“The projects are to show the public our program for children, with classes for them. We have Kids 1, which is for children 3 to 7 years old, and then Kids 2, which is 7- to 14-year-olds,” explained “Minotoro.” “We have a program specifically for women also, the Boot Camp, which combines workouts and wrestling. In addition to activities such as karate and judo for children, there is muay thai and jiu-jitsu. We have many activities for the public who are interested in being not only professional, but improving their health.”

Anderson Silva, a BJJ black belt under the Nogueiras, said the event was nothing out of the ordinary due to the strong bond between the Team Nogueira fighters and students.

“We’re like a family,” said Silva. “It’s normal to be with them at this event since we’re always together.”

UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos also praised the good atmosphere of the team and said he was honored to assist the Nogueira brothers, who have helped him since the start of his MMA career.

“Team Nogueira is very important to me,” explained dos Santos. “It’s a very large family and, thank God, very strong. We care very much about focusing on training and always give our best to face the battles of life. It’s an opportunity for children to join the Nogueira brothers’ project and interact with us, with all the staff. It’s cool how they’re doing it and, for me, it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

The youngest of the pros in attendance, 27-year-old Erick Silva, also took the opportunity to leave a message of encouragement for children who believe in taking advantage of the current MMA explosion in Brazil.

“Team Nogueira now offers, for all ages, a good structure for those wanting to start. So, parents wishing to place their children should seek an environment that is extremely professional, and Team Nogueira definitely shows that they have been working hard on it,” said Silva. “All the teachers are qualified. All the people who want it and all the children who want to fight should begin training. MMA is the fastest-growing sport in the world and that makes them want to participate.”

Leonardo Fabri contributed to this report.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort Rematch in the Works, Says Dana White

  • 12 days ago

UFC President Dana White has confirmed discussions are underway about a possible rematch between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. White was speaking to UFC co-commentator Joe Rogan on his podcast, t read news >>

Anderson Silva’s Been There, Done That; Supports Ronda Rousey

  • 12 days ago

Having made the long climb back after falling down, Anderson Silva on Monday offered words of support for fellow former champion Ronda Rousey. read news >>

Fellow ex-champ Anderson Silva has encouraging words for Ronda Rousey

  • 13 days ago

Anderson Silva knows a little something about reaching unparalleled heights in the sport – only to watch it all come crashing down. So perhaps his message will stick with Ronda Rousey.Filed under: Ne read news >>

Ronda Rousey Comments on Future After Holly Holm Defeat

  • 13 days ago

Roughly 24 hours after suffering the first defeat of her career, Ronda Rousey commented on her future and the state of her health following a brutal knockout. read news >>

Time to get down to business at UFC 193

  • 16 days ago

The buildup is over for UFC 193. With the weigh-in just hours away, it's time for headliners Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Valerie Letourneau and the other stars on the card to get do read news >>

ONE Championship 32 weigh-ins: 'Amateur jabroni' Luis Santos misses weight for title fight

  • 17 days ago

ONE Championship 32 is less than 24 hours away, and the stakes of the planned championship headliner are still unknown.Filed under: News read news >>

Thomas Almeida hosts coming out party in hometown of Sao Paulo

  • 21 days ago

Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira, Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo ... Brazilian fans are not lacking in UFC superstars. In the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Thomas Almeida, another c read news >>

UFC 197 Confirmed for Rio in March; Could Anderson Silva Make the Card?

  • 21 days ago

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Saturday that UFC 197 will take place in Rio de Janeiro in March. Could Anderson Silva make his return there? read news >>

UFC Brazil exec: Ex-champ Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return

  • 21 days ago

SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>