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Matador MMA Academy

5875 Highway 7, Unit 4, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1T9 Directions

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Jesse Richardson and Steve Bettencourt's nearly five decades in martial-arts training began at a young age. Jesses started when he was just 11 years old, according to an interview with the Ontario Grappling Alliance. "When I started to get involved in martial arts, I really did find a camaraderie and a type of brotherhood, if you will, with the people that I trained with," he told OGA. "And a certain mentoring through my instructors, somebody to look up to and guide me in a positive direction in order to get through some very serious hardships in my life." Jesse overcame those hardships, eventually going on to train beneath top professional fighters and earn four black belts. Today, he wants to help his own students do the same. He and his team offer an enriching environment in which to learn not only brazilian ju-jitsu—a grappling-focused style free of strikes, punches, and kicks that Jesse studied while living in Brazil—but also muay thai, boxing, and mixed martial arts, among other styles. Steve has used his passion for martial arts to help teach students his favorite techniques, specializing in Muay Thai and strength conditioning.

In addition to fighting-focused classes, the instructors strive to help students lose weight and tone trouble spots during boot-camp conditioning classes, which blend aerobics, boxing, and, just like real military boot camps, martial arts moves set to energizing techno songs played on a bugle. During private training sessions, they calibrate tailored programs for each client, taking the time to truly educate them for long-term health as they challenge them with each workout.

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