New MMA Gymnasium Opens in Unanderra with Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu | Illawarra Mercury


A couple who found love in a cage are using their passion for mixed martial arts to take their relationship to the next level. Mitch Holden and Emilee Della-Libera have just opened their own warehouse-style gym in Unanderra, nearly two years since sparks first flew between their rib kicks and uppercuts. Holden – a kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and MMA specialist – was Della-Libera’s martial arts mentor when they first met, but it didn’t take long for them to realize they wanted more than just training in. sweaty sportswear. Read more: Jump between venues for hours of live music in Thirroul “Like chiropractors, sports psychologists and sports supplements because we really want to provide our members with resources to contribute to overall well-being,” said she declared. Mental health often goes hand in hand with martial arts training, Della-Libera said, either as a way to beat stress and deal with life’s hardships or as increasing pressure to be the best you can be as a than a budding fighter. “Men in particular who feel a bit silenced when it comes to their mental health,” she said. The popularity of mixed martial arts has skyrocketed over the past decade, with a quick Google search revealing nearly two dozen facilities across the region that offer a mix of styles like boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. . Read more: The cost of being immortalized through Monopoly Wollongong competitions like the UFC and the rise of UFC Shellharbour hero Alex Volkanovski have contributed to the growth in popularity, according to Della-Libera. “People are definitely getting a lot more into the martial arts within Illawarra,” she said. “It’s fantastic, martial arts are very much based on discipline as well as physical well-being but also mental and emotional well-being.” The Oni Fight Team Gym currently offers classes in a range of styles, sparring and private sessions. A development app for the new gymnasium is currently on display on the Wollongong City Council website and open for comment, until December 2. The Illawarra Mercury Newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here.


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