On October 21st UFC and Price FC legend Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva came to Leicester to teach a fantastic sold out seminar at Leicester Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
Silva was greeted on his entrance to the gym by a round of applause from the excited crowd in attendance and after a quick introduction to the staff posed with each person for a photo (which was printed out during the class and signed by the man himself at the end of the night).
The session started with a callisthenic warm up then jumped straight in the techniques. Wanderlei focused on the style that has made him such a fan favourite teaching aggressive stand up striking, takedown defence, multiple knee techniques in the clinch and vicious ground and pound. The training session rounded up with light MMA sparring.
The time on the mats ended with Wanderlei pulling up a chair and telling stories as well as answering questions for the appreciate audience. He talked for a long time and had a very positive attitude towards MMA and life sharing lots of great advice for students, fighters and coaches alike.
To round up the night Silva took the time to sign everything that was put in front of him and pose for any additional photos people wanted.
It was an honour to welcome such an accomplished, passionate and humble martial artist in to our gym.
I’m sure those who made it down will long remember the day “The Axe Murderer” came to Leicester.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event and NJM Promotions for orgainising the tour.