New boot camp set for opening

Boot Camp Cayman Academy will host its grand opening on Industrial Way in Grand Cayman on 27 May*

The camp’s philosophy is to introduce a facility to Grand Cayman that focuses on self-awareness, self-development and self-defence, in both mind and body. 

Functional fitness training, structured and incentive-based fitness programmes, reward memberships, motivational psychology and self-defence for adults and children are just some of what will be on offer. Also look for an in-house health and smoothie bar facility, free training for members of certain charities, free training for police, security and prison service personnel, as well as mixed martial arts training and personal development seminars. 

“After a long period of time constantly working, most people take a break and go on vacation … and then there are others who love what they do so much that they never take a break,” said Ronnie James Hughes, trainer and founder of Boot Camp Cayman. 

Having left the military three years ago to start his own business and career path in coaching people in mind and body, Mr. Hughes has come a long way in a short space of time. 

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He recently returned from a two-month hiatus of personal development training, whereby he travelled the world with some of the best martial artists and coaches in the UK, Israel, Poland and the US.  

In the UK, he started his conditioning training at HM Royal Naval Boxing Gym, where he was put through his paces by former colleagues with whom he served and boxed with for the better part of 10 years. There he said, “they were happy to see my face … and then punch it repeatedly,” before heading off the Israel. 

As part of Ronnie’s Krav Maga training, he studied and trained in knife, gun, machete, stick, multiple attacker and hand-to-hand combat techniques under Grandmaster Haim Gidon of the Isareli Krav Maga Association – the highest ranked Krav Maga Master in the world today – in Netanya, Israel.  

From there, he undertook an intense, six- to eight-hour per day, week-long training programme in the Polish wilderness, five hours outside of Warsaw, where he further developed his Krav Maga skills with the IKMA Poland team.  

Upon completion of the course, he was presented with his diploma by Krzysztof Sawicki, one of the top black belts and martial artists in the world. 

In the final part of his trip, Mr. Hughes had the honour of training at none other than the Gracie Jiu Jitsiu Academy in Los Angeles.  

During that time, he worked with members of the Gracie family, Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega, perfecting the training techniques of Gracie Survival Tactics.  

A specifically-designed course aimed at teaching law, security and prison personnel how to deal with control, apprehend, restrain and extract uncooperative and aggressive assailants. The culmination of his training there resulted in him being awarded his instructors certification and also awarded his Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  

“The idea overall wasn’t to learn how to beat people up or to prove something to myself in anyway. I just wanted to learn from about the teaching, ethics, mentality and the approach of the best coaches in the world because anyone can lift weights, run, jump, exercise but how do you keep people motivated and how do you inspire them to do it continuously? That’s what I wanted to learn more than anything,” Mr. Hughes said. 

“I’m genuinely excited about what we are going to bring to the island in terms of training in self-awareness, self-development and self-defence. Cayman is an amazing place, with amazing people and we want to give something back. It is our goal to do that with Boot Camp Cayman Academy.” 

As part of the boot camp’s commitment to helping the local community, Mr. Hughes will be teaching free classes specifically aimed at developing the techniques of baton, handcuffing, restraint, apprehension, control and extraction to any law enforcement, prison service, security and immigration personnel.  

Alongside this, Mr. Hughes will continue to provide self-defence training free of charge to staff members and clients of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre or any charities that are supporting the battle against domestic and sexual violence in Cayman. Times and dates will be announced in the coming weeks. 


For more information, contact Mr. Hughes at 325-1417.


Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from the original to reflect the opening date.


Ronnie Hughes’ new boot camp opens 27 April. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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