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Chute Boxe representatives, on Saturday, Jan. 5, informed MMAWeekly.com’s Ivan Canello that the famed Brazilian team was making plans to open a new training center in the Los Angeles area.
Master Rafael Cordeiro stated, “The plans are to make a two-way road between L.A. and Curitiba and to maintain this high level training in Curitiba and in L.A.”
He indicated that Chute Boxe had severed ties with former U.S. Chute Boxe representative Roberto Piccinini and was in final negotiations to open an official camp in Los Angeles.
In a statement released by Piccinini to MMAWeekly, this was news to him. Piccinini, the head coach at the Piccinini Training Center located in Downtown Los Angeles, said that he was surprised and disappointed by the announcement from Cordeiro that all ties had been severed between him and the Chute Boxe team.
He said that he was especially disappointed that he found this out through the article published on MMAWeekly.com rather than by a personal communication after 27 years of association with Chute Boxe.
Regardless, Piccinini stated that he still recognizes Rudimar Fedrigo as his original trainer and Chute Boxe as his traditional style and wishes only that his friendship and loyalty had been honored in return.
Piccinini Training Center does not promote itself as a “Chute Boxe Gym,” but the fact remains the he teaches in the Chute Boxe style, a style in which he has been training since 1980.
Despite the recent statements by Cordeiro, Piccinini said he was not deterred to provide a thriving, mixed martial arts training facility.
The Piccinini Training Center opened in November of 2007 and is available to all athletes interested or involved in MMA. An open call will take place in March for athletes interested in joining the PTC Fight Team. More information is available at www.piccininigroup.com.