New gym gives martial arts club a big boost

A TWENTY-year dream is nearly reality for Rob McIntyre and the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy, owning a purpose-built facility to train in rather than renting a space.

On Saturday, GMAA is launching its new gym on Moura Cres.

It has been a long time coming for the club, which is celebrating by giving people the chance to become a part of the new facility at huge discounts.

"This is literally a dream come true for me and our club," McIntyre said.

"Each year the academy offers generous discounts on certain types of memberships but this year to celebrate we have massive savings for anyone who joins the club on the day."

The current and new members will have the best of the MMA world at the academy, with McIntyre planning high-class facilities in the best set-up he has ever had.

Having the space designed for the club's needs, nothing can go wrong from here.

"The new centre will host a massive training area for the club's MMA cage, boxing ring, kick bags and balls, a rack for the huge amount of training equipment, toilets and a shower, kitchen, strength and conditioning areas, a huge training mat for general class and a huge pro shop," he said.

"Now we can move forward with all the things we have always wanted to do for our students and our coaches."

The move is also allowing for more classes to be put on for the members.

Already with women's-only classes, a huge range of martial arts covered and juniors thriving, morning classes are becoming the next big thing.

Head coach McIntyre said the future could now hold anything, starting with the launch for from 9am-noon on Saturday.

"The sky is really the limit now and I am just so excited, so happy," he said.

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