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It’s not everyone who gets inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Fame and not everyone who gets to hang out with one of the most famous of the famers, Tito Ortiz, but last weekend provided just that opportunity for Byron Bay MMA’s Ben Pietzsch.

Extreme Mixed Martial Arts Melbourne hosted a seminar at their Ringwood Academy with the international Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star over the weekend. MMA artists got the chance to pick his brain and be on the receiving end of some hands-on instruction.

Ben says he and a few associates took out for dinner. ‘We wanted to introduce him to the Australian nightlife, Aussie beer and his very first Chicken Parma,’ says Ben. ‘We also wanted to use the opportunity to find out who he really was and hear him talk about his experiences during his career, business, diet, training routine and relationships with other professional fighters. He was an absolute gentleman, one of ‘the boys’, and at all times was happy for photos and autographs. He was professional, patient, and very open about his life and experiences.’

Ben says Tito spoke at length before putting the crew of 50 artists through their paces. ‘As an all-American wrestler prior to getting into Mixed Martial Arts, Tito imparted knowledge of the highest degree, in submission wrestling, diet, training drills and general mindset when looking to compete in anything at any level. His knowledge applies to any competitive sport if you are wanting to be the best at what you do.’

Ben says that apart from the amazing experience itself, he also has some very relevant and up-to-date, useful information from the highest level of competition to improve our members’ performance and understanding of the wonderful sport of Mixed Martial Arts and all sports and martial arts included.

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