Rogue Gym has added to its stable of martial arts instructors. And he will be a special attraction for followers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Rogue Gym has become an official Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, with a new trainer qualified to teach.
“We are proud to have been granted this designation and now offer formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the Cayman Islands,” said gym manager Chris Dinan.
Rogue introduced their Gracie Black Belt and instructor Luca Cantelli. He began training in BJJ under the mixed martial arts legend Rodrigo Gracie, the 1998 ADCC Submission Wrestling world champion. When Gracie moved to the West Coast, his BJJ academy was taken over by another talented and decorated BJJ practitioner, Alexandre “Soca” Freitas.
Cantelli earned his black belt status under Gracie in his New York City academy, where he had the opportunity to train with the elite of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including Daniel Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie and many others.
Prior to BJJ, Cantelli played rugby in Italy for 10 years. He emphasises the importance of a healthy diet, overall fitness, self-discipline and training safely.
“I think the introduction of formal BJJ to Cayman falls in line with what this organisation has always tried to do, be at the forefront of combat sports in the Cayman Islands,” Dinan said. “We feel that we have been doing this successfully since we officially introduced Cayman to Proving Ground in May 2005.
“The ongoing commitment by this organisation’s owners and trainers is something I am grateful to be a part of.
“Not only does this add another element to Rogue’s current boxing, Muay Thai, grappling and MMA offering, but we believe this helps solidify Rogue as the islands’ foremost Martial Arts Fitness Academy.”