Outside of being a professional MMA fighter I have been working for the UFC Gym BJ Penn in Mililani since it opened in 2017. I work within the MMA program as a Coach. You can find me in the gym Monday through Saturday working with clients and teaching classes.
Our department went through different transitions throughout 2018 and it continued through the start of 2019. I agreed to take on more responsibilities with some of these transitions. The week before my last fight I was promoted to the MMA Manager position.
MMA Manager UFC Gym
I was pretty much doing some of the duties that the MMA Manager is responsible for before the promotion was official. I was also receiving some management training as well from different people. It is a lot to learn in the short time frame they give, but I like a challenge. If you do not know by now, I am competitive by nature and am pretty much up to any challenge I am faced with.
One of my focus points is going to be building our MMA Program at Mililani. I remember when we first opened there was so much hype around our MMA Program and not so much now. I believe that energy has to return first by me as the Manager, then by the rest of the coaching team, and then it will filter out to the clients in the gym. Our program has great potential and I want to see it do well.
How you can help me and UFC Gym Mililani
I could use any help I can get from Family and Friends in bringing awareness to the classes we offer at UFC Gym Mililani. Below, I have all the descriptions of the classes that we offer. This is great for people who do not know what we offer.
We are not a typical gym. Yes, we have machines. Yes, we have weights. Yes, we have fitness classes. Yes, we have HIIT and our signature DUT classes. But, we also bring Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to the table.
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We are 12 days out from X1-51 and I am pretty excited because it is really going to be One to Remember. Training is going great. My Coaches have me focusing on details, however they are also keeping me on my toes. I am keeping up on my cardio and workouts to make sure I am tip top shape. Also, I am heading into weight cut time and things are falling into place.
It’s a pretty stacked card and I am so stoked to be the Co-Main Event against a tough opponent from Japan. Lots of people are telling me this is going to be the toughest fight for me due to the fact that it is Japan opponent with a little more experience. All I am thinking about is putting out my BEST as I always do. I am going to remain focus on what I need to do and follow my coaches instructions.
Support Crew & Sponsors
There are lots of people working behind the scenes to help me prepare for this huge fight.
My Coaches: Brandyn Akamine, Scott Junk, Brad Osborne, Haru Shimanishi all giving me pointers and helping me with my game. Shoutout to Justin Mercs Mercado for some of his workouts as well,
My brother, Ryan. He was supposed to fight in this one too, but things happen and he is not. But, as always, he has my back and supports me in everything. Major shoutout to my family as well for supporting me on this journey!
My Sponsors: Delight Brand Clothing they have been printing my shirts for the past few fights and will be doing this one as well. They also give me part of the proceeds to help me with Fight Camp as well. Check them put for some Local Hawaiʻi apparel.
Tulipa Style LLC not only sponsored me monetarily but they do a lot for me in regards to alleviating a lot from burdening me as I prepare for the fight. They have taken the lead in my Digital Marketing and Branding, securing other sponsors, T-Shirt sales, Ticket Sales, and much more. They have a team of dedicated individuals who really lookout for my best interest.
Weezography has been taking photos and video of me and editing them as well. They are a locally owned business that does Video and Photo Services. They work hand in hand with Tulipa Style LLC.
Brede Productions is a DJ, Sound System, and Disco company. Kaleo donated some time to do my Fundraiser and did an awesome job with the sounds.
Level Up Massage LLC is my newest sponsor thanks to Tulipa Style LLC. Royce Kaleikini is a Licensed Massage Therapist that has gicven me some great pointers already in regards to Body Care. His massage was on point and I look forward to seeing him more in the future.
Before I end todays blog, I also want to shoutout to my friends and supporters from the UFC Gyms as well as outside of the gym. You may think that your support goes unnoticed but it does not. I see and hear all of the support and that in itself helps me through tough times along my fight camp. I sincerely love and appreciate all of the support!
Leading up to the fight I will be sharing more thoughts. However, it may not be as long as this LOL, but I want to just share with you a little more of my insights.
This soul was born for battle, my heart was built for war!