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Hard Knocks 365, UFC, Titan FC, and LFA

Another busy week for us in the books and this time the cameras were on since Monday. As most of you know by now, Stefan Struve will be facing Alexander Volkov in Rotterdam for UFC Fight Night 115; Struve will be headlining the event in a bid to get his career back on track after having discovered in 2013 his aortic valve was leaking. A UFC film crew stopped by on Wednesday to interview Struve and capture some cool footage of Hard Knocks 365. We will be posting those on our facebook and snippets of it on our Instagram. Be on the lookout.

Ditto for Luke Rockhold. Yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday), UFC film crews were busy filming Rockhold, as he too is looking to get his MMA career back on track after a knee injury ruled him out for a bout against Ronaldo Souza. Rockhold professed his loyalty to his California native American Kickboxing Academy, but was still grateful to train with Henri Hooft, Greg Jones and Kami Barzini under our roof. He (like Struve) will be headlining his own UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh, taking on David Branch. The million dollar question remains though: when will he get a shot at Michael Bisping for round 3? We can only wait.

Good luck to them both.

Now for the up-and-comers this weekend.

Steven Mowry and Demarques Jackson, two of Hooft’s young prospects whom are HK365 regulars, will be at Titan FC 45 locally here in the Fort Lauderdale area. Steven will look to improve upon his 1-0 clean record as he takes on Dustin Clements, while Demarques with a 6-1 record, will go toe-to-toe with Luciano Dos Santos. We will be ringside cheering them on! Tyler Ray, another of Hooft’s up-and-comers, is all the way in Sioux Falls, SD, for LFA 19 versus J.P. Saint Louis. We’re all hoping for 3-out-of-3 wins to cap off the week.

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Hard Knocks 365 Opens All-New Training Facility At Xtreme Action Park

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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UFC Fight Night 114, The Buffalo Bills, and Soccer

There was so much happening inside and outside of ours walls this week that there should almost be two separate blogs.

I’ll start off with perhaps the most controversial incident of this past week, and that’s Andre Soukhamthath’s (whom is a HK365 regular) bout versus Alejandro Perez at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico in the bantamweight division. Perez won by split decision, but did he really? After a killer left jab, Soukhamthath had sat down Perez for the third time by the second round. You would think that this would have won over the judges seeing as Andre clearly had the first 2 rounds in his pocket, but apparently all it took was a takedown by Perez in the third round to win the fight via split decision. The consensus on social media was uniform. Soukhamthath had been effectively robbed, and after a heart-felt post on his Instagram saying he will come back stronger and outlining the deficiencies of the scoring in the fight, it was clear as day the fight should have been his. The Asian Sensation is going to have an uphill battle going forward, but his resolve has now never been stronger. Keep your head up, Andre.

That was outside of our walls, on the inside, Luke Rockhold (whom needs no introduction), stopped by our facility as part of his upcoming training camp as he looks to take on David Branch in a bid to revitalize his career after a grueling injury and a loss to Michael Bisping.

In other upcoming fighting news, two of our H-kickboxing instructors, Tyler Ray and Demarques Jackson, will both be coincidentally fighting next week on the 18th, with LFA and Titan Fighting, respectively. They’ve been cutting hard and training harder as they look to cement their pro careers under Henri Hooft and Greg Jones.

Now in non-fighter related news, Jose Kleberson, whom is a world-cup winner with Brazil alongside soccer greats Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, stopped by with his U-17 team that he coaches, “Miramar United”, for a fitness clinic courtesy of XPE. This clinic was part of a series of free seminars that XPE has been offering to the community not only to fortify our community relations, but to spread the word on the importance of fitness in one’s everyday life.

And finally, Superbowl winner Anquan Boldin, another Hard Knocks 365 regular under XPE’s Tony Villani’s instruction, has just inked a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. The 36-year old has been busy training hard with Villani for the past months and now he can enjoy the fruits of his labor. After an illustrious career in the NFL, Boldin is looking to finalize his playing days with a bang.

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Hooft Kickboxing Takes UFC 214 By Storm

I think this week’s blog title explains enough. In case you’ve been living under a rock (or simply don’t follow MMA), both Volkan Oezdemir and Robbie Lawler whom train under Henri Hooft, won both of their fights in stellar fashion over the weekend at UFC 214 at Anaheim in California.

Volkan faced third-ranked Jimi Manuwa as part of the main card. True to Volkan’s nickname, “no time”, the fight indeed took no time. With 42 seconds gone, Manuwa was on the floor after he caught one of Volkan’s heavy-handed left hooks. A flurry of hammerfists proceeded to rain down on Manuwa’s face. His fate was sealed. The referee put an end to the carnage, and Volkan had effectively won the “Fight of the Night” accolade. Even UFC President Dana White, “jumped out of his seat and yelled ‘holy sh*t’”, in his own words.

Lawler, ruthless as ever, won by unanimous decision after a heavy-fisted third round, having faced Donald Cerrone, also part of the main card. Cerrone later admitted to the press that Lawler was indeed the more aggressive fighter which served well to win over the judges. Lawler is now poised to take on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 2017, according to various reports.

In “lesser” news, Deco Drive from Miami, hosted by Chris Van Vliet, stopped by for some interviews with a few of our fighters. Our phones immediately started ringing after they aired their piece on us on channel 7 the morning after!

Lastly, we’ve inked a 5-year deal with Howard Davis Jr.’s “Fight Time Promotions”. More on that in a separate post on our blog.

UFC 214 and Expansion

Our first two full operational weeks have gone off without a hitch. As always we’ve had a lot going on both inside and outside of our walls since we had our soft opening.

Firstly, in the coming weeks, we will initiate our exterior phase which will consist of adding an AstroTurf similar to our XPE Sports one, but outside. This section will be fenced off and be utilized for the more “outdoorsy” activities or exercises, like 5-on-5 soccer, cardio training, and more. If you haven’t seen our proposed renderings, check out our homepage and scroll towards the bottom.

Now, in even more exciting news, as most of you know, UFC 214 is this Saturday. However, this edition of UFC is near and dear to all of us at Hard Knocks 365, as Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler, and Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir will be fighting Donald Cerrone and Jimi Manuwa, respectively, as part of the main card. The two frequent at Hard Knocks 365 under the tutelage of Henri Hooft and Greg Jones.

Yes, this is a huge event for us, and naturally we’ll be rooting for Robbie and Volkan no matter what. Some stats on both of them:

Lawler:

  • Nationality: American
  • Record: 27-11-0, 1 NC
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Reach: 74 in

Oezdemir:

  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Record: 14-1-0
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Reach: 75 in

We weren’t kidding when we said we were going to have some of the biggest names at our venue.

It’s on at 10pm ET! Don’t forget to catch it, and as always, follow our Instagram and blog for more updates.

New Beginnings

As you all already know, we had our “grand” (soft) opening on Monday and it was a great success due to the huge turnout. Many big names partook in the all-day clinics along with our regular members. All 3 of our head-instructors were in full-force and as such the Sun Sentinel stopped by to cover our opening. Greg Jones, our head of wrestling, also made his debut on the mat and held a very intense, all-pro seminar covering grappling and wrestling.

Additionally, as some of you might have seen, we are coming out with our clothing line that will be suited for working out as well. That is still in the works but once we launch it, we will have all sorts of HK365 merchandise made and available for sale. However, for now, if you see a Hard Knocks 365 t-shirt, shoot us an email! You might just win one if it’s your lucky day.

In fighting news, two of our Hooft-kickboxing instructors, Demarques Johnson and Tyler Ray will be fighting in Pembroke Pines and South Dakota, respectively. Be sure to catch their fights on fight-pass and give them all the support you can! Also, our HK-365 family member Danny Roberts knocked out Bobby Nash over the weekend at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, under the teachings of Henri Hooft.

Our first week of official operations was a success, and now with our mission underway, we’ve got a lot of work to do. If you’ve seen us, or heard about us, ask about us. Feel free to stop by any time at our facility located in Fort Lauderdale, even it’s just to swing by and chat. We work hard but play hard too.
On a last note, our XPE classes are filling up, so be sure to get in touch if you’re interested!

Be sure to follow our Instagram, facebook, and youtube pages for updates.

Signs, Designs and Cloud Nine

A long and arduous week but a productive one as always in the end. We made some real headway in our goal to be the nation’s ultimate training center yet again by adding the finishing touches to our offices and raising the aesthetics of our facility including desks, decals, computers, and more. We’ve also adorned the inside of our venue with some “inspiration” to empower all our athletes. On Saturday, we will commence polishing of our floors to give it that Hard Knocks 365 luster.

The title of this blogpost couldn’t be cheesier but it also couldn’t be truer. Our grand opening is right around the corner (this Monday, July 17th) and we really feel like we’re on cloud 9. If you’re in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton/West Palm Beach area you definitely need to swing by to see what we’re all about. You know what? Even if you’re not in the area, make the long drive or the flight and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Our head coaches and their instructors will be hosting free (yes, free) clinics and “seminars” to give you a little taste of what Hard Knocks 365 is all about.

There will be various VIP’s in attendance including the mayor of Fort Lauderdale and many high-profile disciples of our head-coaches whom you’ll be able to meet and greet. Also don’t forget that our grand-opening is in conjunction with our adjacent sister-venue, Xtreme Action Park. Xtreme will also be offering many giveaways and prizes due to the 17th being their 2-year anniversary, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held

Beyond the 17th, all 3 of our programs will be in full force and you’ll be able to attend any one you desire, or all 3 if you’re feeling up to the task. Don’t forget to call 954-771-0365 or email info@hardknocks365.com for any inquiries. Or if you just want to check out our almost-finished digs, swing by! We’re at 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33309, right next to Xtreme Action Park.

See you on Monday!

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Fitness club offers a wide array of training programs that will not only improve your physical fitness, but your overall lifestyle, and general health

FORT LAUDERDALE (July 5, 2017) – Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex and offers space for your child’s birthday party in fort lauderdale. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

Adult and Youth memberships for the XPE Sports program are available for purchase and will be limited to 250 memberships total. Memberships include full access to XPE’s programming and will also offer paid programming for services such as personal training, sports clinics, team training, athlete assessments, and more. As for kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, class schedules will be to the discretion of the head trainers due to varying factors, thus offering degrees of flexibility to students.

Hard Knocks 365 will also include a medical/sports rehab and recovery facility under the direction of XPE’s Medical Director, Dr. Kevin Christie.

“In competitive sports, there is a real need to make sure that we are treating these amateur and pro athletes with the ability to play at their best,” says Tony Villani, head coach of XPE Sports. “And now, we’re happy to be a part of this endeavor and to offer our core XPE adult training programs to the general population, whereas before it was only available to aspiring professional athletes”.

“If you want to be a fighter, or train like a fighter, Hard Knocks 365 is the place for you”, says Henri Hooft, head coach of the kickboxing program and former kickboxing world champion. “This initiative is a great step forward; we’re going to make our regiments and programs both more accessible and more attractive to the community”, adds Grand Master Mario Sperry, three-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion.

Hard Knocks 365 is located inside of Xtreme Action Park at 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and closed on Sunday. For more information, please visit http://hardknocks365.com/.

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Crunch Time

Another busy yet monumental week for Hard Knocks 365. There were tons of moving parts in play but as always we pulled through and moved forward.

First and foremost, we are making such monumental waves that Hard Knocks 365 is going to be featured in the Miami Herald (click here to download) and WFLX.com (click here to download). Our official press release is being distributed and as such we are poised to reach global audiences. Our cause and resolve has never been stronger and it will continue to grow as we approach our grand opening. Which leads me to my next point…

Don’t forget our grand opening is on the 17th of July at our location at 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309. As mentioned in previous blogs, it will be an eventful night of cocktails and meet-and-greets, but don’t forget all 3 head coaches will be giving seminars/clinics for free. So if you want to get a taste of what’s to come at Hard Knocks 365, mark your calendars.

We’ve also begun to build out and finish our offices in which our administrative staff will be sitting in. This has been yet another imperative piece of this moving puzzle and with its completion we move closer and closer to full functionality.

In bigger news, Darrelle Revis and some of his peers have made Hard Knocks 365 their “fitness home” under Tony Villani’s guidance via his XPE methods. From fitness to conditioning to basketball, they’ve been at it day and night to reach their physical peaks.

Our own Henri Hooft, head-instructor of his eponymous “H-Kickboxing”, took off to Las Vegas as he is training Michael “The Menace” Johnson for his upcoming bout against Justin Gaethje on today (Friday) for UFC’s TUF 25 Finale.

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