GROW STRONG: Ben Pepper works out in his Grow Strong MMA gym
GROW STRONG: Ben Pepper works out in his Grow Strong MMA gym

Warwick business punches up with new addition

MIXED Martial Arts is going from strength to strength on the Southern Downs, where a new fighting gym will open tomorrow.

It’s a dream three years in the making for Grow Strong M.M.A owner and trainer Ben Pepper, who started the Warwick business after years of intense overseas training.

Mr Pepper’s prowess in everything from kick-boxing to Muay Thai attracted a strong client base that quickly grew to over 120 members.

But the idea of expansion was approached with caution, according to Mr Pepper.

“We always wanted a bigger space and something with a bit more exposure but we didn’t want to get ahead of ourselves and become another one of those empty shop fronts in a couple of months,” he said.

“There are enough of those.”

After the continued success of Grow Strong Fight Nights and classes in Warwick, Stanthorpe and Inglewood, the team felt it was finally time.

“We know we’re at the point now where we can get to a commercial premises,” Mr Pepper said.

“We’re going to be around for a long time!”

The new gym used to be a mechanic’s workshop and clocks in around 300 square metres, providing double the amount of space for training.

“We can put a cage up and all of our rings up and start to really look like a professional fighting gym,” Mr Pepper said.

“It’s so huge that we’re hoping we’ll be able to host competitions there.”

The new Grow Strong MMA Gym opens tomorrow at 3/14 Albion St, next to Supercheap Auto.

Classes begin in the early afternoon with kids sessions, then move into older groups as the night goes on.

New members are always welcome. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/Growstrongmma



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