If ever a name in the mixed martial arts scene was one to be respected it is Team Nogueira. Founded by Brazilian twin brothers Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in 2009, this network of gyms specialises in an array of disciplines including jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, boxing, judo, karate and kickboxing.
Like its founders, many of its pupils have had notable success on the UFC scene so if you want to train like a champion, this is the place for you. The Dubai branch, in Al Quoz, has quite stunning facilities and its training focuses not only on building members’ health and fitness but also their confidence.
Its circuit and fitness equipment is all provided by Rogue and the large Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay Thai mats are made by Aglorex Olympic. However, one of the standout points has to be the MMA cage, the largest of its type in the UAE. Classes will help even the most novice of fighters learn the basics of the array of martial arts, working all the time on their overall fitness.
And if you’re a real team player, the gym runs several camps each year, including the Middle East’s first UFC version and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu camp to coincide with the Abu Dhabi World Championship each April. Team Nogueira even runs special classes for security guards and the military, if you feel your own training needs a little beefing up.
Prices vary. Open six days a week. 4th Street, Al Quoz 2 (behind the Audi showroom), www.teamnogueiradubai.com (04 338 8967). Team Nogueira