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

UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Full Results and Live Fight Analytics

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia full results and live fight analytics from Rio de Janeiro, where Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia meet to settle their feud in a battle for the belt. read news >>

Video: UFC 190 fighter weigh-ins replay

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Check out a video replay of today’s official fighter weigh-ins for UFC 190.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Jose Aldo back to training, would beat Conor McGregor if they fought today

  • 28 days ago
  • 13 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jose Aldo pulled out of UFC 189 headliner with a rib injury, and he’s finally back to training. The UFC featherweight champion, who broke his rib a couple weeks before his bout with read news >>

Jose Aldo: Injured ribs are 'great,' waiting for UFC to schedule Conor McGregor fight

  • 28 days ago
  • 68 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Jose Aldo says he’s healthy and ready to unify the UFC featherweight championship with interim titleholder Conor McGregor as soon as possible.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 190 weigh-ins: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia

  • 28 days ago
  • 27 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- At UFC 190 weigh-ins, UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia have a fierce staredown after they both made weight Friday evening. read news >>

UFC 190: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

The UFC’s exhausting schedule continues this weekend with UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The card is far from stacked, but the opportunity to witness Ronda Rousey in action is always welcome. The read news >>

UFC 190 live and official weigh-in results

  • 29 days ago
  • 18 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – UFC 190 fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can get live text results beginning here at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Watch today's UFC 190 weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – UFC 190 fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Anderson will be in attendance for UFC 190 says Big Nog

  • 29 days ago
  • 8 views

A very close friend of Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is happy Anderson will be in Rio de Janeiro to support him and the other fighters at UFC 190. While he waits for his meeting with the N read news >>

As he stands on verge of UFC history, Neil Magny hopes new mark gets him big fights

  • 29 days ago
  • 33 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Neil Magny will very likely buck a longstanding UFC trend if he manages to emerge victorious against Demian Maia this Saturday at UFC 190. It just might not be the type of record he’ read news >>