Long before camps such as Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), and others burst onto the scene, the Brazil-based Chute Boxe Academy ruled the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, as far as training centers were concerned.
Led by fighters such as a prime Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua, Chute Boxe was the place fighters all across the globe looked to when wanting to train with the best.
Even a young Anderson Silva got his start with the team.
But if you wanted to train with the famed camp, you had to be prepared for the tough sparring sessions that came along with it, as legend has it that most practices were often more brutal than the fights themselves, as the teammates never pulled punches.
Now, as "Shogun" prepares to be a coach on season four of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil," he'll look to bring in some of the old mindset from his Chute Boxe days that helped forge him into the fighter he is today.
Although on much-less grueling level, as he recently revealed to UFC.com:
"Man, those (Chute Boxe) days were tough. But they were also great to forge us as fighters, and make us strong minded and confident, as well as aggressive and skilled. Times have changed, and TUF is its own thing, with a different time frame for all, and specific strategies. A lot of things like helping fighters to maintain weight and not suffer so much from weight cutting during the show, keeping them confident and not busted up and over trained before a fight, knowing all the fighters in the house to know the best match ups, and developing the better strategies all count a lot in TUF from what I think. But certainly the strong mindset, confidence and motivation I learned in my young days at Chute Boxe and with all my trainers is something very important and that I carry with me. I will try to pass this along to the young fighters."
Rua will coach opposite the aforementioned Anderson Silva, but much to the disappointment of fans, the former Chute Boxe stablemates will not fight each other at the end of the show.
Rua will next face Ovince St-Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56, which is set to pop off this weekend (Sat. Nov. 8, 2014) in Uberlandia, Brazil and will air on Fox Sports 1.
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