For a few hours on this Saturday morning, the guys who goes to the beach of Recreio dos Bandeirantes forgotten the waves and prestige the presentation of the Team Nogueira athletes. Coordinate by masters of the highest level, children, adolescents and established professional fighters stood before the public in a mini octagon mounted on post 12.
"Our intention with Team Nogueira Day is to spread our sport, spread our academy in the neighborhood of Recreio and around the Rio de Janeiro, for people to know that Team Nogueira has the largest team of MMA fighters in the world. Show also that we have classes for children, women, and besides having an excellent professional team, we have classes for all kinds of people. We are growing a lot, transforming us into a network of academies and now we have three branches in Zurich, Switzerland, three in the United States and we're spreading throughout Brazil", said Rodrigo Minotauro.
The event began with the presentation of future champions, which later gave rise to the already established fighters. The first was the middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, which was followed by Rafael Feijao, a former Strikeforce champion, Erick Silva, Brazilian main promise in UFC welterweight, and the host Rodrigo Minotauro.
The presentations began around 8 am, with a demonstration of training from some lesser-known fighters of Nogueira brothers Team. After that, children who train in the team have taken over the cage and gave a show of skill, always under the supervision of renowned instructors such as Master Cesario Bezerran in boxing and Ana Maria India in Jiu-Jitsu.
Minotauro's brother, Rogério Nogueira, explained how run the Boot Camp and Kids Camp and stressed that the work of the academy can meet all audiences interested in physical activities. "The projects are to show the public our program for children, with classes for them. We have Kids-I, which is for children 03-07 years old and then have the Kids-II, 07 to 14 years old. We have a program specifically for women also, which is the Boot Camp, which combines workouts and wrestling. In addition to activities such as karate and judo to children, muay thai, jiu-jitsu. We have many activities for the public who are interested in being not only professional, but to improve health", said Nogueira.
The UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, said the team meeting at events like this is normal due to the union between the members of Team Nogueira: "We're like a family. It is normal to be with them at this event, since we are always together".
The holder of the heavyweight belt in the UFC, Junior dos Santos, also highlighted the good atmosphere in the team and said he was honored to participate in the event of Nogueira's brothers academy, who helped him since the beginning of his career in MMA. "Team Nogueira is very important to me. At the beginning of my career I was involved with he Nogueira's brothers. It is a very large family and thank God very strong. We care very much to focus on training and always give the best to face the battles of life. It is an opportunity for children to come there in the Nogueira brothers project and interact with us, with all staff. It's cool how they are doing and for me is an honor to be part of it".
The youngest among professional fighters present, Erick Silva, 27, who fights in the UFC welterweight, also took the opportunity to leave a message of encouragement for children who believe in taking advantage of this explosion of MMA in Brazil to start their training at Team Nogueira. "The 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 has been working hard on it. All teachers are qualified, then all people who want it and all children who want to fight should begin training. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and that makes them want to participate", he said.