Muay Thai - translated into English as "Thai Boxing" - is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army.Learn more
Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent.Learn more
Born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre Pimenta began martial arts at an early age. At 14, Andre was attending daily Muay Thai classes under Master Juba, who taught him basic technique and facilitated Andre's first competition.Read more
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Andre works to build the Muay Thai community in the US and abroad: hosting events, forming connections and supporting fighters.
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Born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre Pimenta began martial arts at an early age. At 14, Andre was attending daily Muay Thai classes under Master Juba, who taught him basic technique and facilitated Andre's first competition. Andre took first place at the Rio de Janeiro Open State Muay Thai Tournament.
Shortly after this early success, Andre's friend, Mongoo, invited him to try Jiu Jitsu with the East Association of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Andre quickly fell in love with the sport.
After a year of intense training, including under Master Amelio Arruda, Andre was crowned blue-band champion of the Alloy Niteroiense Jiu Jitsu. Inspired by the Jiu Jitsu X Luta Livre in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s, Andre also became interested in MMA, where the Carlson Gracie Team, led by Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr., became his main reference.
Andre trained at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, under Professor Ari Galo, and thereafter at the World Fight Center (WFC) in Niteroi. At WFC, Andre worked under Masters Tuniko Jr. (Muaythai), Brazilian Muaythai team coach, Ricardo Arona (Jiu Jitsu), Pride and ADCC Champion, and Master Alexandre Pequeno (Luta Livre), King of Shotoo.
Andre considers this period as the most important of his career because of the high quality of training / teachers and friendships with fellow fighters. During this time, Andre won titles at the Brazilian Grappling Championships as well as a KO at the first Challenge Contact Muaythai Competition. In 2006, Andre moved to the US, and shortly thereafter was invited to join Master Carlson Gracie Jr. In 2008, Andre was invited by Miguel Angel Torres (WEC Champion) to teach Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, and MMA at Torres' academy in Indiana. Andre considers this a key time in his career as a teacher and fighter.
Nowadays Andre is the head instructor of Carlson Gracie Headquarters in Chicago, IL beside Master Carlson Gracie Jr. At Master Carlson's Gracie Jr. Academy, he teaches BJJ and also is responsible for the Muay Thai program.
Athur is a local martial artist, born and raised in Chicago, with 9 years experience across multiple martial arts. Experience competing in Muay-Thai, MMA, Kick Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing on both local and national level. Trained under Andre Madiz for 9 years in Muay-Thai and BJJ. He started training after he had been kicked out of school and dropped out of college. Training in Muay-Thai and martial arts helped him understand the value of hard work, discipline and perseverance. Arthur's advice to anybody new to Muay-Thai is to be patient, practice and persist.
Madiz, as people call him, has been traveling to Thailand frequently and with that improving his knowledge more and more. At this moment he is the official representative of World Muaythai Organization in the USA - one of the most respectful & respected in the world.
Andre holds a second degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Khan 11( red and white mongkol) in Muaythai under Kru Muaythai Association.Contact Us
"The national sport of Thailand, in which participants use punches, kicks, knees, and elbows to stop their opponents in the ring, has swept across the world and undergone a renaissance over the last few years in Chicago."
"... The new generation of Muay Thai students doesn't easily fall under a label, and its schools are no longer tucked away in musty garages or a small corner room of a gym. The education is top-notch, pulling in students from as young as eight to adults well into their 50s and ranging from casual fitness enthusiasts to fighters with dreams of competing in Thailand."
Read "Chicago Muay Thai" - an article by Geoff Stellfox for the Chicago Reader - to learn more about the Chicago Muay Thai community!
Andre's biggest goal is to propagate the traditional Mauythai and the original
Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu style.
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