An MMA Workout At BJ Penn’s Gym

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Friday - October 26, 2011
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UFC Gym Hawaii staff members (front, from left) Matt Camasta, Leslie Tabbal-Kaleiwahea, Eddie Damaso, Kimo Luna, (back row) Jayson Sacro, Chris Manuguid, operations manager Cynthia Manio, senior vice president Adam Sedlack, general manager Les Tin, Glenn Segawa, Brad Self and Wade Okinaka. Nathalie Walker photo .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Two-time UFC champion BJ Penn has partnered with UFC Gym to open a Hawaii facility in Kakaako at the space formerly occupied by Pipeline Cafe. The new gym won’t be open for about six months, but memberships are on sale now at an enrollment center/showroom at 660 Ala Moana Blvd., where guests can get a sample of some of the equipment they will find at the new gym.

When complete, the multimillion-dollar 37,000square-foot facility will be open 24 hours a day/seven days a week, and will feature all of the equipment found at a traditional gym plus specialized MMA conditioning equipment. There will be free weights, innovative training and fitness equipment, a youth training center, a “huge” bag room, mat room, kids club (for children 6 months and older), full amenity locker rooms, Arm Bar Cafe, personal and MMA training, a functional training area, Pay-Per-View parties, valet parking (for Ultimate Level members) and hundreds of group, MMA and youth classes.

Some of the special machines include the Marpo Kinetics Rope Machine, Versaclimber, Jacobs Ladder and other advanced cardio equipment.

“BJ has been and will be very involved with the club,” says Adam Sedlack, UFC Gym senior vice president. “He’s not going to be on the (regular) schedule, but he’ll do demos and classes and he’ll show up to events.

“Also, kids are very important to us. The No. 1 issue with kids is obesity, and Dana White (president of UFC), Lorenzo Fertitta (chairman/CEO of UFC) and BJ are very focused on having a great youth program in Hawaii. We’ll have youth fitness classes, youth MMA training with master trainers, birthday parties. Also, members are going to be able to take advantage of our UFC Family Fight Nights and come down to watch the fights.”

Classes offered include Women’s Self-defense, Performance Cycling, Shock Yoga, Zumba, Hot Hula, Kick-Ass Kickboxing and more.

For those with an Ultimate Membership, there also are classes in MMA Discipline (Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing), Ultimate Classes (TRX), Daily Ultimate Training, and Functional and Discipline Training (personal and MMA).

There also will be an “as real as it gets” octagon for interactive training and classes.

For self-parking, the street west of the block, which is a private road, will be closed and turned into a parking lot.

Potential members can join at a reduced rate prior to the opening of the gym. For a “very” limited time, the Fitness Membership is being offered at $39 per month, Ultimate Membership at $94 per month and the Youth Membership (for children age 3 to 12) at $69 per month; in addition to a one-time processing fee of $49.

“As membership builds we increase the rates because we don’t want the club to be overcrowded,” explains Sedlack. “And we’re still hiring instructors, trainers and MMA instructors. We’re gonna hire probably 100 people.”

Those interested in applying can email their resumes to general manager Les Tin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

UFC Gym also has three locations in California (Concord, Rosemead and Corona), and a fourth in Torrance is expected to open soon. For details, visit or call 672-2655.

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