Written by Rico DiSciullo – Photo by Will Paul
Now that we’re less than three weeks from returning to the cage for CES MMA on April 16 in Beverly, Mass., I’d like to write a bit about my home away from home, Sityodtong Boston.
Sityodtong is my home gym. It always has been and it always will be.
There’s nowhere else anywhere, as far as I’m concerned, where I can get the level of instruction and teammates that Sityodtong provides me. Our team shares the goal of being the best mixed martial artists we can be, and everyone is doing everything they can to make the person next to them better than they were the day before.
Sityodtong offers so much because of top-notch coaches and of course their relationship with other great martial art schools. This allows me to get the best possible training no matter what my schedule looks like.
Juliano Coutinho, Mike Gresh, Tyson Chartier, Chris Eldridge, Tim Barchard and Raphael Carneiro are the guys consistently working on my ground game while Kru Mark DellaGrotte, Mark Messay and Andy Cote are the guys keeping me sharp on and focused on my feet.
Then there’s Mike Perry, my strength coach behind the scenes helping to keep me in tip-top shape, always making sure I’m strong and well conditioned going into a fight.
I’m also continually learning from top-notch guys like Tateki Matsuda, Rob Font, Lewis Corapi, Andreas Jeudi and Tony Martin.
Team Sityodtong introduced me to MMA — by way of Muay Thai and a couple Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes — and changed my life forever.
MMA has given me so much since I started. I honestly can’t picture myself without It in my life. I’m a crazy competitor and kind of an adrenaline junkie and MMA helps to keep my life balanced.
I don’t know where I’d be without MMA — that’s not something I’ve had to think about for a few years, since most of my thoughts are focused on the sport — and I owe it to my family and friends at home and my family at Sityodtong. It’s a very special thing to be a part of, and it’s definitely something that I don’t take for granted.
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