Carlo started his study of the martial arts whilst a student at Hamilton Boys High School. While joining both a Japanese/Sport Jujitsu (under Stuart Irwin & Johannes Zender) & a Karate club (under Phil Beale) with friends, he came to appreciate both the grappling and striking arts with equal respect. Carlo was also soon introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu via John Will.
Unfortunately when the active Waikato JJ club instructor Stuart sustained a significant back injury, the decision was made to close the school and all transfer elsewhere. Initially unsatisfied with the training style & long term development goals of the other local clubs, the decision was made to start lunchtime classes to help the keener students to keep the competitive edge. Some of the older WJJ students (such as Johny, Matt & Jayson) as well as a few newer members such as Joesef and Kyne made up the core majority of classes.
At this point Carlo was assisting Marcus Steele with his Kobukan kids Karate classes in Tamahere. Shortly after, Marcus handed over the reigns of his kids class and retired. The decision was made to modernise the kids training syllabus - and they became the first kids MMA class in Hamilton.
The lunchtime classes slowly accumulated students until early 2011 when Project A!R shifted out of the Kobukan dojo; then the decision was made to formalise the club, name & launch the CORE MMA with the new late-night classes. The focus was competitive Mixed Martial Arts training for those who needed help breaking through to the next level. The logo was comprised from the team style training at CORE - all were there to help each other. The numbers quickly grew, and we opened the morning and the weekend classes to fully support our shift workers & keenest of students.
Since then, we launched both the Colts & Puketaha kids MMA classes and have been building stronger relationships with Kobukan & Hamilton Hawks. The team skills, member base & competitive success have since grown rapidly. At the end of August 2013, CORE MMA relocated to our own full-time gym - a significant upgrade in space and facilities. We now have the most equipped MMA gym in the region and an excellent team of members and coaches.
We now comprise the largest and one of the most successful MMA schools in Hamilton, and haven't looked back.